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Carolyn F. Palmer Associate Professor of Psychological Science

Carolyn Palmer earned her BS from Pennsylvania State University and her PhD from the University of Minnesota, and she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Drucker Brain Injury Center in Philadelphia. She has been at Vassar College since 1992, teaching a variety of courses at all levels of the curriculum, including developmental psychology; contemplative science and practice; rhythms of activity; touch and movement; and creativity. She is a Feldenkrais Method Practitioner, and a Child’Space Practitioner; both of these methods are empowering, embodied movement education approaches grounded in psychological and developmental theory and evidence for how to move more easily and expansively. Ms. Palmer’s scholarly work includes research on perception/action learning and development across the lifespan, including Feldenkrais and Child’Space lesson learning, with participants ranging from very young infants to very old adults. Ms. Palmer is also a musician and serves on a regional music school board.

  • BS, Pennsylvania State University; PhD, University of Minnesota
  • At Vassar since 1992


Research and Academic Interests

  • Developmental Psychology
  • Contemplative Science and Practice
  • Rhythms of Activity
  • Touch and Movement
  • Creativity


  • CLCS 151. Introduction to Contemplative Studies
  • PSYC 239. Research Methods in Developmental Psychology


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Photo: Karl Rabe/Vassar College
Photo: Karl Rabe/Vassar College