Dr. Carolyn Saarni
Office: Nichols 223
Dr. Carolyn Saarni received her Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, specializing in developmental psychology. Her post-doctoral training in clinical psychology was acquired in New York, and she has been a licensed psychologist in California since 1979 (currently inactive status). Since 1980 she has been a Professor in the Department of Counseling, and in our program she has generally taught Research Design, Developmental and Clinical Issues with Children and Adolescents, Relationship Counseling, and the Practicum course sequence. Professor Saarni's research has focused on children's emotional development. Her co-edited volumes include Lying and Deception in Everyday Life, The Socialization of Emotion, and Children's Understanding of Emotion. Her book, The Development of Emotional Competence, describes specific skills of emotional competence that are contextualized by cultural values, beliefs about emotion, and assumptions about the nature of the relationship between the individual and the larger society. Her work has been published in many periodicals as well as in other edited volumes. Recently she has had published a chapter on emotional development for the Handbook of Child Psychology and additional chapters for several other edited books on emotional intelligence and personality development. She is an internationally recognized scholar and has enjoyed speaking engagements in many countries, most recently in China and Germany where she spoke on emotional development and on childhood depression. Dr. Saarni's office is located in Nichols Hall, Room 220. Office hours change each semester and are scheduled by appointment. Dr. Saarni teaches Fall semester only.