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
Departments and Programs
- CLCS 151. Introduction to Contemplative Studies
- PSYC 239. Research Methods in Developmental Psychology
In the Media
First-Ever Vassar Partnership in Beijing Yields Learning in Both Directions
Vassar debuted an inaugural program in China this summer, partnering with a secondary school for gifted students in Beijing who took courses taught by Vassar faculty grounded in the college’s liberal arts model.
URSI and Ford Scholars Learn Research Can Be Frustrating—and Fun
Learning that setbacks are an integral part of research, about 60 Vassar students took part in projects this summer on the auspices of the Undergraduate Research Summer Institute (URSI) and Ford Scholars programs.
Vassar to Collaborate on Summer Program for Gifted Students in China
Vassar College to launch a summer program for gifted high school students in Beijing, China, in partnership with a Beijing-based education organization. Three faculty members will teach courses there this summer.
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