Carolyn Zerbe Enns is Professor of Psychology at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa. She also contributes to the Ethnic Studies program and the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies program. Carolyn completed her graduate degrees at California State University at Fresno (M.A. in Rehabilitation Counseling) and the University of California at Santa Barbara (Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology). During her academic career, she has taught a wide range of psychology courses such as Abnormal Psychology, Multicultural Psychology, Personality Theories, Psychology of Women and Gender, and Counseling and Psychotherapy. She also teaches two short-term (4-week) study abroad courses: Psychology and the Holocaust (taught in Eastern Europe) and Traditional Culture and Contemporary Issues in Japan (taught in Japan). Across all of her courses, major priorities for Carolyn include (a) increasing awareness of Western-centered assumptions throughout much of psychology and (b) integrating transnational content that is likely to expand the global awareness of students.
Carolyn was born and raised in Japan and completed most of her pre-college education in Japan. During her career as a psychologist, she has maintained her interest in Japan and has developed collaborative research relationships with Japanese psychologists. Carolyn’s co-authored publications with Japanese psychologists focus on topics related to psychotherapy and gender issues in Japan. Her other areas of research and writing focus on international and transnational education, feminist psychotherapy and pedagogy, and the integration of multiculturalism and feminism in psychology.
In addition to her Cornell College short-term study abroad experiences, Carolyn has fulfilled two 1-year appointments as Resident Director of the Japan Study program in Tokyo (at Waseda University). These appointments have provided opportunities to teach semester-long courses to students from many countries around the world. This role has also provided her with the opportunity to work intensively over a 12-month period with Japan Study students from multiple U.S. colleges and to support students as they develop advanced language skills, academic skills, and cultural competence.