Philip A. Cowan, PhD.
Professor of Psychology, Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley
Philip A. Cowan is Professor of Psychology, Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley, where he served as Director of the Clinical Psychology Program and the Institute of Human Development. In addition to authoring numerous scientific articles, he is the author of Piaget with Feeling (Holt, Rinehart, & Winston, 1978), co-author of When partners become parents: The big life change for couples (Erlbaum, 2000), and co-editor of four books and monographs, including Family Transitions (Erlbaum, 1990) and The family context of parenting in the child’s adaptation to school (Erlbaum, 2005). Phil 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.
Philip Cowan is a co-director, with Carolyn Cowan, of several research and intervention projects that involve couples groups for parents of young children. The projects began with interventions for couples becoming parents, moved to a focus on couples with children entering elementary school, and proceeded with a study of 900 low-income Hispanic, African American and European American families in California. The approach is now being disseminated and tested in Alberta, in England, and in Malta. He has written and edited a number of books, and published research articles on attachment, couple relationships, and children’s development.