EDUCATION AND CAREER
1961 Wellesley College, Mass., USA (B.A. in Psychology)
1967 University of California, Berkeley, USA (Ph.D.in Psychology,1967)
1969 – 1973: Middle East Technical University
1973 - 1995: Bogazici UniversityIstanbul
1995- Present Faculty member, Koc University, Istanbul
Visiting Professor/Scholar at Duke, Columbia, Harvard Universities, and University of California, Berkeley. Twice a fellow of the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS).
Professor, Psychology Dept., Koç University, Istanbul
Founding Member of the Turkish Academy of Sciences and currently of Science Academy.
Was the Vice-President of the International Union of Psychological Science and International Social Science Council
Elected the first woman President and first woman fellow of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology (IACCP).
Theoretical and applied research on human development, self, and the family in cultural context.
Developed theories of family change and the self (”Family, Self & Human Development Across Cultures: Theory & Applications”, L. Erlbaum – Taylor & Francis, 2007).
A 22-year longitudinal early intervention research; on the basis of this work Mother-Child Education Program (MOCEP) was developed and implemented both in Turkey and several other countries.
Courses taught: Culture & Behavior; Culture & Self; Social Psychology; Psychology & Policy; History & Systems of Psychology Supervised Master’s and Ph.D. theses in early childhood, parenting, family in socio-cultural context. Contributed to international psychology by organizing international conferences and through applied research played a role in influencing social policies in Turkey.
MOST IMPORTANT ARTICLES AND PUBLICATIONS
- Family, Self and Human Development Across Cultures: Theory and Applications. (Revised Second Edition). Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum, 2007.
- Autonomy and relatedness in cultural context: Implications for self and family. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 36,4, 403-422, 2005.
- Socio-cultural change and integrative syntheses in Human development: Autonomous-related self and socio-cognitive competence. Child Development Perspectives, vol.5(3), 1-7,2011.
- (With B. Mayer, G. Tromsdorff, R. Mishra) Family Models of Independence/Interdependence and Their Intergenerational Similarity in Germany, Turkey, and India. Family Science.1-11, 2012.
- Adolescent autonomy-relatedness and family in cultural context: what is optimal? Journal of research on adolescence, 23, 2, 223-235, 2013.