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Uwe P. Gielen

Uwe P. Gielen

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Having grown up as an internal refugee in West Germany, Uwe P. Gielen received his Ph.D. in social psychology from Harvard University in 1976, where he completed his dissertation under the guidance of the late Lawrence Kohlberg. He has taught at the City University of New York (1973-1980) and served as chairperson of the Psychology Department of St. Francis College, New York City, from 1980-1990. Presently he is Professor-Emeritus of Psychology and Executive Director of the Institute for International and Cross-Cultural Psychology at St. Francis College.

Professor Gielen has also taught at Shanghai Normal University and Padua University and has lectured in 34 countries. He has served as president of the International Council of Psychologists, the Society for Cross-Cultural Research, and APA Division 52 (International Psychology). A fellow of the American Psychological Association (Divisions 1, 52), the American Psychological Society, the New York Academy of Sciences, and the Eastern Psychological Association, he is also a past chair of the Psychology Section of the New York Academy of Sciences.

Professor Gielen is the recipient of the 2005 Distinguished International Psychologist Award from APA Division 52. He is also the recipient of the Kurt Lewin Award and the Wilhelm Wundt Award, both from the New York State Psychological Association. He has been editor of "World Psychology" and the "International Journal of Group Tensions." He has served as chair, co-chair, and steering committee member of several international psychology conferences that took place in Portugal, Indonesia, Italy, Taiwan, and the U.S.A.

His areas of interest include moral development, international and cross-cultural psychology, Chinese American immigrants, and the Tibetan culture of Ladakh, India. Besides having served as the editor or co-editor of nine special journal issues on a wide variety of topics in international and cross-cultural psychology, he is the editor, co-editor, or coauthor of 27 books and has given more than 340 presentations at scientific meetings and in other contexts.

Primary Interests:

  • Aggression, Conflict, Peace
  • Culture and Ethnicity
  • Ethics and Morality
  • Gender Psychology
  • Intergroup Relations
  • Political Psychology

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Journal Articles:

  • Sharma, D., & Gielen, U. P. (Eds.). (2000). Special issue: Childhood and sociocultural change in India: A reinterpretation of Sudhir Kakar’s work. International Journal of Group Tensions, 29(3-4), 219-410.
  • Takooshian, H., Gielen, U. P., Plous, S., Rich, G. J., & Velayo, R. S. (2016). Internationalizing undergraduate psychology education: Trends, techniques, and technologies. American Psychologist, 71(2), 136-147.

Other Publications:

  • Gielen, U. P. (2016). The changing lives of 2.2 billion children: Global demographics trends and economic disparities. In U. P. Gielen & J. L. Roopnarine (Eds.), Childhood and adolescence: Cross-cultural perspectives and applications (2nd ed., pp. 63-95). Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger.
  • Gielen, U. P. (2004). Peace and violence: A comparison of Buddhist Ladakh and the United States of America. In L. L. Adler & F. L. Denmark (Eds.), International perspectives on violence (pp. 161-184). Westport, CT: Praeger.
  • Gielen, U. P. (2001). Some themes in the ethos of traditional Buddhist Ladakh. In P. Kaplanian (Ed.), Ladakh Himalaya Occidental Ethnologie, Écologie. Recherches récentes sur le Ladakh No. 2A (2nd ed., pp. 114-126). Paris: Kaplanian.
  • Gielen, U. P. (1993). Gender roles in traditional Tibetan cultures. In L. L. Adler (Ed.), International handbook on gender roles (pp. 413-437). Westport, CT: Greenwood.
  • Gielen, U. P., & Raymond, J. (2015). The curious birth of psychological healing in the Western World (1775-1825): From Gaβner to Mesmer to Puységur. In G. Rich & U. P. Gielen (Eds.), Pathfinders in international psychology (pp. 25-51). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
  • Ho, J., & Gielen, U. P. (2016). Chinese American adolescents and emerging adults in New York City: Striving for a place in the sun. In U. P. Gielen & J. L. Roopnarine (Eds.)., Childhood and adolescence: Cross-cultural perspectives and applications (pp. 347-376). Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger.
  • Kuriansky, J., & Gielen, U. P. (2016). International psychology: Perspectives and profiles (Digital Versatile Disc available free of charge from Uwe Gielen).
  • Naito, T., & Gielen, U. P. (2005). The changing Japanese family: A psychological portrait. In J. L. Roopnarine & U. P. Gielen (Eds.), Families in global perspective (pp. 63-84). Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon.

Courses Taught:

  • Childhood and Adolescence in Cross-Cultural Perspective
  • History of Psychology
  • Images of Human Nature in Western and Non-Western Societies
  • Seminar in Cross-Cultural Psychology
  • Seminar on Gender Roles Across Cultures
  • The Psychology of Carl G. Jung

Uwe P. Gielen
Institute for International and Cross-Cultural Psychology
St. Francis College
180 Remsen Street
Brooklyn, New York 11201
United States of America

  • Phone: (718) 489-5386
  • Fax: (718) 522-1274

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