- “The point I’m trying to make here is that Bart must learn to be less of an individual and more a faceless slug.”
- ―J. Loren Pryor[src]
Dr. James Loren Pryor, M.D. is the psychologist for the school district in which Springfield Elementary School is located.
Dr. Pryor is one of the few employees at Springfield Elementary School who seems to actually be qualified in his field. He does have a slight tendency toward gullibility, as Bart easily tricked Pryor into sending him to a school for gifted children. Later, however, Pryor recommended that Bart repeat the fourth grade and refused to back off of his recommendation, in spite of Bart's protests.
Dr. Pryor also seems to be prone to occasional absent-mindedness. When Bart was in kindergarten, Homer and Marge saw him to discuss problems Bart was having with adjusting to school. Pryor said it was due to Bart's "flamboyantly homosexual tendencies," and then corrected himself when he realized he was looking at Milhouse's file instead of Bart's.
Pryor has had a much more uniformly positive influence on Lisa. On the same visit as when he accidentally disclosed the contents of Milhouse's file, Pryor spotted Lisa as a gifted child when she did a complicated puzzle and gave her age as "Three and three-eighths." He told Homer and Marge to nurture her gift. Later, when Lisa went through a rebellious phase, Pryor determined that it was the result of a developmental condition and correctly advised Homer about how to help her through it.
After a several-year absence from the show, Pryor reappears, giving Bart some counseling over his coping of Marge's gray hair after Bart beat up Milhouse on the playground following comments made by Milhouse regarding Marge's hair.
When Bart's and Lisa's arrangement to prank each other's teachers goes severely wrong, Lisa decides she has to kill Bart and chases him through Springfield Elementary School with a knife. At one point during the chase, Bart ducks into Dr. Pryor's office.