Specialisation: Localisation of brain function, criticisms of psychoanalytic methods, clinical psychology, history of psychology and the neurosciences.
Malcolm Macmillan has been a Professorial Fellow in Psychological Sciences at the University of Melbourne since 2007 after retiring as Visiting Professor in the School of Psychology at Deakin University. He was previously a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Monash University. At Deakin he supervised the research of Honours students and students in the Post-graduate Professional Program, being especially interested in the differentiation of ordinary ‘down’ moods from clinical depression. Much of his own research has been on the history of the doctrine of localisation, and of the history of the neurosciences more generally, and in historically based critical evaluations of psychoanalysis. His book “Freud Evaluated: The Completed Arc” has had some critical success and his “An Odd Kind of Fame: Stories of Phineas Gage” has won two international awards. A number of his works on psychoanalysis has been translated into French and Polish. At Melbourne he is working on the contribution of Alfred Walter Campbell, an Australian pioneer of the neurosciences.
In 1963-64 he was a member of the committee that drew up the constitution of the Australian Psychological Society and was a member of its first Council. He was a founding member of the APS’s Division (later Board) of clinical psychologists, served on several of its accreditation committees during 1974-1988, and was its President during 1984-85. He resigned from the APS in March 2010 after it lowered the standards required for recognising clinical training. He was President of the International Society for the History of the Neurosciences in 2004-2005, Co-Chairman of its Local Arrangements Committee for the 2005 Annual Meeting of the Society held at the University of St Andrews, Scotland, and is a Co-Editor of the Society’s journal
Memberships / Fellowships
- Fellow (1988) and Life Member (2005) Australian Psychological Society (resigned March 2010)
- Fellow (1991) Association for Psychological Science (formerly American Psychological Society)
- Macmillan, M. (2010). Anxiety and affect in psychoanalysis, Horyzonty Wychowania, [Horizons of Education], 17(9), 11-20 and 21-33. (In English and Polish respectively). [Published by WyÅ¼sza SzkoÅ‚a Filozoficzno-Pedagogiczna “Ignatianum” w Krakowie (University School of Philosophy and Education “Ignatianum” in Krakow).
- Macmillan, M. (2010). William Macewen [1846-1924]. Journal of Neurology, 257, 5, 858–859.
- Macmillan, M. and Lena, M. L. (2010). Rehabilitating Phineas Gage. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 20 (5), 641-658.
- Macmillan, M (2005) Localisation and William Macewen’s early brain surgery. Part II: The cases, Journal of the History of the Neurosciences, 14, 24-56.
- Macmillan, M (2004) Inhibition and Phineas Gage: Repression and Sigmund Freud, Neuro-Psychoanalysis, 6, 183-194.
- Macmillan, M (2004) Localisation and William Macewen’s early brain surgery. Part I: The controversy, Journal of the History of the Neurosciences, 13, 297-325.