Philip Brickman was born on August 22, 1943 in Montreal, Canada. He became a U.S. citizen on November 11, 1954 upon his family's move to New Brunswick, New Jersey.
In 1960 Philip Brickman graduated from Metuchen High School, New Jersey and matriculated to Harvard University. He graduated from Harvard with a BA degree, magna cum laude, in 1964. He took a doctorate in psychology from the University of Michigan in 1968. Brickman's specific research interests were in social psychology, and in particular, issues and concepts of justice, happiness, pain, inequality, helping, and coping.
From 1968 to 1978 Brickman was an instructor and assistant professor in the psychology department at Northwestern University. He also served as director of the department's graduate training program in social psychology, 1972-1978.
In 1978 Brickman Left Northwestern to return to the University of Michigan as a professor in the department of psychology. At Michigan he served as the director of the Research Center for Group Dynamics, Institute for Social Research. Brickman published over fifty articles during his academic career. He also served on many national committees of professional societies.
On May 13, 1982 Philip Brickman took his own life. He was survived by his wife and three daughters.
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The Philip Brickman Papers consist of research papers, essays, stories, and other work produced during elementary and high school, 1949-1960; undergraduate materials, 1960-1964; graduate school materials 1965-1968; and a small amount of correspondence and publications from his tenure as an instructor and assistant professor in the psychology department at Northwestern University, 1970-1978.