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Faculty | Director, Institute for International & Cross Cultural Psychology / Professor Emeritus

Uwe Gielen

Contact Information

[email protected]
Office: 718.489.5386
Room 7204


MA, Wake Forest University
Ph.D., Harvard University

Dr. Uwe P. Gielen (Ph.D. Harvard University) joined the faculty of St. Francis College as Chairman of the Psychology Department (1980-1990). Presently he is Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Director of the Institute for International and Cross-Cultural Psychology, which he founded in 1998 as a unique research and teaching center dedicated to the internationalization of psychology. Professor Gielen has lectured in 32 countries. He has written more than 160 publications including 18 edited or co-edited books in the areas of moral development, international and cross-cultural psychology, family studies and family therapy, and migration.

At St. Francis College, Dr. Gielen taught courses in the Psychology Department, the International Cultural Studies Program, and the college-wide Honors Program. His courses included Developmental Psychology, History and Systems in Psychology, Theories of Personality, Cross-Cultural Psychology and Communication, and various specialized seminars.

For his teaching and research activities, he received five Faculty Recognition Awards, the Faculty Member of the Year Award, the Franciscan Spirit Award, more than 30 Faculty Development and Research Awards, induction as member of Duns Scotus Society, and the St. Francis College Alumni Association's Distinguished Faculty Award. A Dr. Uwe P. Gielen Scholarship Fund was established in 2002.

He has served as the President of, respectively, the Society for Cross-Cultural Research (SCCR), the International Council of Psychologists (ICP), and the American Psychological Association (APA)'s International Psychology Division. When not teaching, Dr. Gielen loves to visit the opera and watch soccer matches.

Other Awards/Honors:

  • Wilhelm Wundt Award, New York State Psychological State Association, 1999
  • Fellow, American Psychological Society, 20001
  • Fellow, American Psychological Association (Division 1, 52), 2000, 2003
  • Helmut E. Adler Distinguished Address Award, Psychology Section, New York Academy of Sciences, 2003_ Ambassador, International Council of Psychologists, 2003
  • Distinguished International Psychology Award, AP A Division of International Psychology, 2005
  • Fellow, New York Academy of Sciences, 2007.

Retired in 2012, Dr. Gielen continues to be an active member of the department.

He recently published The nature of childhood and adolescence across time and space in Eye on Psi Chi (Vol. 26, no. 3). On March 4, 2022, at the 93rd annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, held in New York City, he presented "Coming of Age in New York’s Chinatowns."


Uwe P. Gielen, Ph.D.

Deptartment of Psychology

54 Orange Street, Apt. 2G

St. Francis College

Brooklyn, N.Y. 11201

180 Remsen Street, Room 7020

Brooklyn, N.Y. 11201, USA


E-mail: [email protected], [email protected]

Tel. (718) 489-5386

Fax: (718) 522-1274

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