John Anthony Carpenter (1924-2001) began working with the Center of Alcohol Studies at Yale University in 1954 and moved to its new location at Rutgers University in 1962. During his career, Carpenter was one of the first to focus on the effect of alcohol on aggression, conduction, and visual reaction time. Carpenter was the director of the Center of Alcohol Studies from 1975 until 1981, and editor of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol from 1992 to 1994.
Born in Nice, France, John Anthony (Tony) Carpenter was very well known as an innovator in the field of alcohol studies. In 1945, he joined in the Air Force and was a veteran of General Claire Chenault’s 14 Air Force. He received both B.A. and M.A. degrees in experimental psychology at John Hopkins University. In 1954, Carpenter received his PhD at Brown University. He finished his postdoctoral fellowship at Yale University.
Carpenter began studying in the alcohol and substance field at Yale University in 1954. However, in 1964, he moved with the center to its new location at Rutgers University in New Jersey. During the beginning of his career, Carpenter built his reputation as a young innovative researcher. He was amongst the first to focus on topics such as the effects on alcohol on aggression, conduction, and visual reaction time. He authored several scholarly publications and contributed diligently to the Journal of Studies on Alcohol. Furthermore, Carpenter served as the director of the Center of Alcohol Studies from 1975 until 1981. In 1996, Carpenter was named Professor Emeritus, but he remained highly active as managing editor and vice president of the journal's corporation.
Dr. Carpenter began his career in 1954. During the beginning of his career, he was known as a young researcher who focused on substance abuse problems related to alcohol and aggression. Dr. Carpenter wrote and co-authored several scholarly publications and was frequent editor for the Journal of Alcohol Studies. He was the Director of the Center of Alcohol Studies at Rutgers University for six years.
1924 Born in Nice, France
1945 Serves in General Claire Chenault’s 14th Air Force
1950 Receives BA in Experimental Psychology at John Hopkins University
1951 Receives MA in Experimental Psychology at John Hopkins University
1954 Receives PhD in Psychology from Brown University; joins the Center of Alcohol Studies at Yale
1962 Relocates with center to Rutgers University
1975 Named director of the Center of Alcohol Studies
1981 Steps down as director
1996 Named professor emeritus at Rutgers University
2001 Dies February 27, 2001 in Baltimore, Maryland
- Bennett, R. M., Buss, A. H., & Carpenter, J. A. (1969). Alcohol and human physical aggression. Quarterly Journal of Studies on Alcohol, 30(4-A), 870-876.
- Carpenter, J. A. (1962). Effects of alcohol on some psychological processes. A critical review with special reference to automobile driving skill. Quarterly Journal of Studies on Alcohol, 23, 274-314.
- Carpenter, J. A. (1968). Contributions from psychology to the study of drinking and driving. Quarterly Journal of Studies on Alcohol, Suppl., 4, 234-251.
- Carpenter, J. A. (1996). Between acceptance and publication: A sampling of some common problems. Journal of Studies on Alcohol, 57(4), 341-343.
- Carpenter, J. A., & Erickson, C. K. (1990). Science and research in alcohol and alcoholism. New Brunswick, NJ: Center of Alcohol Studies, Rutgers University.