The Hogrefe Publishing House celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2009. The company was founded in 1949 to publish the journal of the post-war congress of the German Society of Psychology. The lack of proper transport infrastructure in post-war Germany meant that most scientists and researchers couldn't travel to the congress in Göttingen.

The journal “Psychological Review” (Psychologischer Rundschau), first published in 1949, was set up to disseminate the congress reports. It later became an important source of information on the development of psychology across all German-speaking countries.

The Publishing House was founded by Carl Jürgen Hogrefe – an assistant to Johannes von Allesch, Professor of Psychology at Göttingen University and organiser of the Congress in 1948. He published its first book on psychology in 1952 and, in 1953, the first psychometric test – Intelligence Structure Test (IST) – was published. The IST went on to become one of Hogrefe's most famous brand names.

Today, Hogrefe owns the publication rights to over 900 psychometric tests and questionnaires. Hogrefe's international expansion began in 1984 when the company purchased Hans Huber, a famous Swiss psychology and health publisher. Since then, Hogrefe Group has become one of the leading publishers in the field of psychology. It includes a network of publishers in 11 European countries, as well as in the USA and Brazil.

The current company portfolio contains around 48 journals, 2,500 book titles, and 900 psychological tests. In addition to psychology, Hogrefe also works in the fields of medicine and healthcare. With the development of the Hogrefe Test System (HTS) and other online platforms, more than half of all Hogrefe's products are also available in digital form.