Philip A. Cowan, PhD

Professor Emerita

Philip A. Cowan received his PhD from the University of Toronto and came to the University of California, Berkeley in 1963, where he is now a Professor of Psychology, Emeritus. He served as Director of the Clinical Psychology Program for 12 years and a 5-year term as the Director of the Institute of Human Development. Since 1979, he and Carolyn Pape Cowan have been co-directors of three longitudinal studies of how family relationships affect children’s adaptation. All three began with a couples group preventive intervention, led by mental health professionals, which had longterm positive effects on the couples and on their children. Professor Cowan is the author of “Piaget: With Feeling” (Holt, Rinehart, & Winston, 1978), the co-author with Carolyn Pape Cowan of “When Partners Become Parents: The Big Life Change for Couples” (Basic Books, 1992, reprinted in 2000 by Lawrence Erlbaum), the co-editor of four additional books and monographs, and the author or co-author of numerous research articles in scientific journals.