Barbara Wasson, real name Barbara Wasson Butler, received her bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of California - Berkeley in 1948 and her master's in psychology from Washington University, St. Louis, in 1962. Most of her professional career was spent doing clinical work, mainly in Missouri and Oregon. She also maintained a private practice as a clinical member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, however, in her spare time she had a passion few would guess judging by career path, she was an avid pursuer of the legendary creature known as Bigfoot.
What set Barbara Wasson apart from other Bigfoot researchers was her insight and thoughts on the Bigfoot researchers as well as Bigfoot itself. She was known for her pointed criticism of some fellow members of the Bigfoot community, whose disagreements prevented, in Wasson's psychological judgment, the sort of teamwork essential to productive investigative efforts. Because of her psychology background and willingness to express her observations freely her books serve as one of the few examples of an attempt to analyze the field of cryptozoology psychologically. Sadly after a five month battle with pancreatic cancer, Barbara Wasson Butler passed away on October 9, 1998.
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Date of Birth: 1927
Birthplace: Unclear at this time
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• Sasquatch Apparitions (1979)
• Tracking the Sasquatch: The Elusive Pacific Northwest Hominoid (1994)
Schooling and/or Degrees:
• BA in psychology – University of California Berkeley
• MA in psychology – Washington University, St. Lousi
• American Association of Marriage and Family Theropists