Faculty Bio

Carolyn Palmer

Associate Professor of Psychology

Carolyn Palmer earned her B.S. from Pennsylvania State University and her Ph.D. 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.