Lessons in Being

“…faced with new mysteries, I suspect I tried to use whatever tools had worked for me in the past.” Carol O. Eckerman


Career History


Carol O. Eckerman

Professor Emerita, Duke University

Education

1963 A.B. (with Honors), The College of Wooster, Psychology
1966 M.A., Columbia University, Psychology
1968 Ph.D., Columbia University, Psychology

Brief Chronology of Employment

1965-66 Teaching Assistant, Columbia University
1967-72 Research Associate, University of North Carolina Laboratory of Infant Behavior, Chapel Hill, NC
1972-73 Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Duke University
1973-79 Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Duke University
1979-91 Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Duke University
1988-91 Faculty, Carolina Consortium on Human Development
1991-2001 Professor, Department of Psychology—Experimental, Duke University
2001-2006 Professor, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Duke University
2006- Professor Emerita, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, Duke University

Editorial Service

Child Development. Associate Editor (1979-81), Editorial Board (1973-79, 1981-88)
Infant Behavior and Development. Editorial Board (1979-2006)
Developmental Psychobiology. Editorial Board (1983-2003)
Social Development. Co-Founder and Co-Editor (1990-2000)
Infancy. Editorial Board (1999-2006)

Granting Agency Service

National Science Foundation. Advisory Panel for Social and Developmental Psychology (1976-78), Cognitive Sciences Oversight Review Committee (1984), Graduate Fellowship Reviewer (1996-97)

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Maternal and Child Health Research Committee (1984-89), Mental Retardation Research Committee (1994-95)

University Service

Chairperson, University Committee on Human Development (1981-82)

Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Psychology (1982-85), Department of Psychology—Experimental (1991-95), Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences (2000-2002)

Member, University Council on Aging and Human Development (1982-2004)

Member, Executive Committee, University Program in Human Development (1982-85)

Coordinator, Faculty Research Seminar on Development of Infants at Biological Risk (1983-86)

Member, Executive Committee of the Graduate School (1983-86, 2000-02), Fellowship Committee (2000-01), Programs Committee (2001-02)

Member, University Research Council (1984-87)

Member, Arts and Sciences Institutional Review Board (1996-99)

Member, Faculty Scholars Committee (1999-2004)

Member, Faculty Grievance Committee (2000-02)

Major Grants

Public Health Service Research Grant. Co-PI with H. L. Rheingold. Title: Social and Exploratory Behavior in the Infant. (1967-72)

Research grant funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. PI. Title: The Social Interactive Skills of the Human Infant. (1979-83)

Research funding from Mead Johnson and Company. Collaborating clinical investigator with Steven J. Gross, M.D. Title: Use of Human Milk Obtained from Mothers Delivering Prematurely for Nutrition of Preterm Infants. (1980-82)

Research grant funded by United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation. Co-PI with Dr. Anat Ninio, Hebrew University. Title: Participants' Definitions of the Situation: The Measurement of Context. (1981-84)

Research grant funded by National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. PI. Title: Very-low-birthweight Infants as Early Social Partners. (1986-91)

Program Project Grant funded by National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Co-PI with Dr. Robert J. Thompson, Jr. Title: Developmental Follow-up of Very-low-birthweight infants. (1987-92)

Research grant funded by National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. PI. Title: VLBW Infant-Mother Mastery of Key Developmental Tasks. (1992-98)

Cooperative Agreement with Environmental Protection Agency. PI. Title: The Potential of Eyeblink Conditioning for the Assessment of High Risk Human Infants. (1995-98)

Postdoctoral Training Grant funded by National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. 5% effort as Training Faculty. PI: Robert Cairns. Title: Human Development: Interdisciplinary Research Training. (1993-97)

Center for Developmental Science funded by National Institutes of Mental Health. 5% effort as Investigator. PI: Robert Cairns. (1993-98)

Research grant funded by National Science Foundation. PI. Title: Development of Cooperative Action Among Seltaman Children. (1995-98)

Research grant from March of Dimes. PI. Title: Using Classical Conditioning Phenomena to Assess Differences Between Preterm and Full-term Human Infants in Cognitive, Attentional, and Arousal Processes. (1996-98)

Research grant from March of Dimes. PI. Title: Development of Cognitive Processes in Preterm and Full-term Infants Using Eyeblink Conditioning. (1998-2000)

Professional services contract from Environmental Protection Agency. PI. Title: Eyeblink Conditioning in Human Infants. (2000-01)

Research grant awarded by National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. PI of subcontract. Overall PI: Peter Ornstein. Title: Developmental Pathways to Skilled Remembering (2000-2002)