Carolyn Pape Cowan, PhD.
Professor of Psychology, Emerita, University of California, Berkeley
Topics of Expertise:
Cohabitation, Committed Relationships & Marriage / Couples Conflict, Separation & Divorce / Division of Labor in Families / Family Counseling, Therapy & Parenting Intervention / Marriage & Divorce / Parenthood: Motherhood/Fatherhood / Transition - Couples to Parenting
Carolyn Cowan is Professor of Psychology, Emerita at the University of California, Berkeley, where she is co-director of 3 longitudinal preventive intervention projects: Becoming a Family, Schoolchildren and Their Families, and Supporting Father Involvement. She consults widely on the development and evaluation of interventions for parents. Dr. Cowan is co-editor of Fatherhood today: Men’s changing role in the family (Wiley, 1988) and The family context of parenting in the child’s adaptation to school (Erlbaum, 2005), and co-author with Phil Cowan of When partners become parents: The big life change for couples (Erlbaum, 2000), which has been translated into 6 languages. Carolyn was a founding member of the Council on Contemporary Families, and in 1999, received the Distinguished Contribution to Family Systems Research award from the American Family Therapy Academy.
Dr. Cowan has served as Co-director of a number of longitudinal intervention studies that focus on strengthening the relationship between parents and their parenting strategies for the sake of their own and their children’s development well-being. Studies currently being conducted in several California sites in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K.