Faculty Profile: Steven Pritzker

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Steven Pritzker

Steven Pritzker received his Ph.D.in Educational Psychology from the University of Southern California.

His research has dealt with creativity and film, collaborative creativity in writing and business; creativity and spirituality; audience flow; the effect of alcohol on creativity; comedians and longevity and the creative process ; in high achieving writers.

His background in the business world includes experience in marketing, advertising, training, consulting and marketing research. He worked in television writing and producing network television shows. He is Editor-in-Chief of The Encyclopedia of Creativity (2nd edition was published June, 2011) and was Humor Editor for Psychology Today magazine. Dr. Pritzker is President of Division 10 of The American Psychological Association (Psychology of Creativity, Aesthetics and The Arts).

Curriculum Vitae

Upcoming Presentations and Public Addresses

  • November 15th, 2007 7:30 Organizational Creativity Saybrook Society
  • with Nancy Southern and Jon Foster of IDEO at Saybrook Graduate School.
  • January 24th, 2008. 7:00 The Classroom and the Creative Child: How Can We Help Creative Children Thrive? with Mark Runco at Grace Cathedral

Degrees, Discipline, Year, Institution

  • Ph.D University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 1998
  • Educational Psychology
  • Emphasis: Creativity
  • Dissertation: Writing The Situation Comedy: A Case Study in Creative
  • Collaboration.
  • M.S. University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 1982 Educational Counseling
  • Major: Marriage and Family Counseling
  • B.S. Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 1962
  • Business Administration
  • Major: Marketing

Current Projects and Professional Activities

 I am currently working on a proposal for a second draft of The Encyclopedia of Creativity as well as a book chapter regarding eminent screenwriters for a book titled Creativity and Writing. I am on the APA Division 10 Executive Committee and serving on an APA committee dedicated to improving education.

Significant Publications

Pritzker, S. (2007) Audience Flow: A Proposal for The Use of Teletherapy. In R. Richards (Ed.) Everyday Creativity and New Views of Human Nature. Washington: American Psychological Association.


Pritzker, S. (February, 2000) Stupid Cupid: If love were logical, psychologists would be out of business. Psychology Today.


Runco, M. A., & Pritzker, S. (1999) . Conceived and Co-Editor-in-Chief of The Encyclopedia of Creativity. Editorial advisory board: H. Gardner, R. Helson, R. Richards, K. Simonton, R. J. Sternberg & T. Rickards. San Diego: Academic Press.


Pritzker, S. (May, 1999) Managing Creative Teams. The Exhibitionist, The Journal of The American Association of Museums.


Pritzker, S. (1999). Alcohol and Creativity in M. A. Runco & S. Pritzker (Eds.),The Encyclopedia of Creativity. San Diego: Academic Press. (Peer reviewed)


Pritzker, S. (1999). Writing and Creativity. In M. A. Runco & S. Pritzker (Eds.), The Encyclopedia of Creativity. San Diego: Academic Press. (Peer reviewed)






Important Conference Presentations

Research Interests

I am interested in virtually every aspect of creativity studies cutting across domains including the arts, business and education. Currently I am working on several projects involving film and creativity including editing special edition of a journal.

Research Expertise

My focus has primarily been centered on qualitative research. I have both practical and supervisory experience in grounded theory and case study methodology and experience working with virtually every form of qualitative research. My history as a professional writer and writing teacher is especially useful in terms of researching, outlining, organizing and effectively completing projects, theses and dissertations.

Expertise Working with Saybrook Students

A number of students whose dissertations I've chaired have published including Judith Kolva and Christina Robertson. I am working with a Saybrook student as second author on a book chapter and I am editing a journal edition which will articles from several Saybrook students.

Research Expertise

Research Expertise Rating Guide:

  1. studied in a class or have read intensively on my own
  2. special training in the form of a workshop or equivalent
  3. taught a class in, or supervised research using this method (research practicum, on a dissertation or master's committee
  4. used in research myself
  5. published or presented at conferences my research using this method

Methods Traditionally Considered As Quantitative (But Need Not Be)

Laboratory Research
Field Experiments
Randomized Controlled Clinical
Quasi-experimental methods
Correlational Methods

Methods That Could Use Quantitative Or Qualitative Methods

Action Research
Survey Research
Interview Research
Observational Research
Epidemiological Research
Focus Groups
Self-Observational Methods
Narrative Methods
Feminist Methods
Content Analysis
Discovery-Oriented (psychotherapy)
Events paradigm (psychotherapy)
Archival Research
Case History Methods
Appreciative Inquiry
Multiple Case Depth Research
Hermeneutic Single Case Efficacy Design
Longitudinal research
Cross-sectional research

Methods Primarily Associated With Qualitative Research (But May Also Use Quantitative)

Ethnoautobiographical research
Grounded Theory
Heuristic Research

Types of Analysis

Simple Parametric Statistics (t-test, etc.)
Confidence intervals
Analysis of Variance (including MANOVA)
Analysis of Covariance
Regression (including multiple regression)
Discriminant Function Analysis
Structural Equation Modeling/Path Analysis
Causal Modeling
Cluster Analysis
Survival Analysis
Bayesian Analysis
Meta-analysis and effect sizes
Factor Analysis
Time series analysis
Multidimensional scaling