Dr. Carolyn Saarni

Title: Professor Emeritus


Dr. Carolyn Saarni received her Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, specializing in developmental psychology.  She began her academic career at New York University, and her post-doctoral training in clinical psychology was acquired in New York as well.  In the Department of Counseling at Sonoma State University she has taught a variety of courses, and currently she teaches Life Span Development and Counseling Techniques and Assessment. 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 (Guilford Press), describes the development of 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 (e.g., Handbook of child psychology, Handbook of emotions, Psychological and Political Strategies for Peace Negotiation, Multiple Facets of Anger: Getting Mad or Restoring Justice, etc.), and additional chapters for several other edited books on emotional intelligence.  She is an internationally recognized scholar and has enjoyed speaking engagements in many countries over the years.