Our Story


Western Psychological Services (WPS) was established in 1948 in a little pink house in Los Angeles, California, not far from the local VA hospital. Dr. Morse Manson, the company founder, developed a psychological test that would help returning World War II veterans adjust to civilian life. This was the first of many psychological and educational assessments that WPS would publish over subsequent decades. With the help of his wife Kate and son Ira, Morse embarked on a journey to help people in need by providing high quality assessment tools to colleagues in education and psychology.

Sixty five years later WPS assessments are used by helping professionals throughout the world to evaluate, diagnose, and treat people in need—especially children and teens who have developmental, social, or behavioral challenges. WPS is known worldwide for industry-leading autism assessments, innovative sensory processing measures, and outstanding customer service.

That's the first part of our story: WPS is a stable, successful, family-owned company, engaged in work that we feel good about doing.

Our Latest Chapter

The second part of our story starts with Jeff Manson, grandson of the founder (and now President and CEO of WPS), who's making a big investment in the company's future. He has given the company a wonderful home in Torrance, California—a modern, open, inviting space that allows us to work more efficiently. And he has introduced a transformative company culture that encourages innovation, creativity, transparency, and collaboration. These changes are motivated by a belief that employees who are happy, empowered, and acknowledged can better serve the helping professionals who rely on WPS assessments.

So, here in our new headquarters, with new spirit and optimism, we continue the journey that began in 1948, in the little pink house near the VA hospital.