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Zeynep Biringen

Zeynep Biringen, Ph.D.

Professor of Human Development and Family Studies


Contact Information

413 Behavioral Sciences Building
1570 Campus Delivery
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1570

Phone: 970-491-5514
Fax: 970-491-7975
E-mail: zeynep.biringen@colostate.edu

Research Interests

I do research on attachment, emotional availability, mindfulness, and prevention/intervention science, and more recently parental alienation. I have trained investigators in approximately 20 countries in my assessments. My work is at the intersection of science and practice, in that I translate scientific findings from attachment and emotional availability research and apply it in the real world of parents and professionals, with a special focus on cultural contexts of development.

Currently, I am working on several projects, which I will briefly summarize:

  1. The relation between emotional availability, stress, and parent/child mental health. This work is being conducted at the University of Colorado at Denver, Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health. (Co-investigator) (Michelle Sarche, PI; Administration for Children & Families).
  2. Conducting research-based universal prevention focused on 3 pillars in early practice: mindfulness, emotional availability, and family attachments, with parents and couples.
  3. Parental alienation in high-conflict divorces

Education

2007 Best book of the year in Italy, Barone, L. & Biringen, Z. (2007). Le scale per la valutazione della disponibilità emozionale (Emotional Availability Scales-EAS). In L. Barone, Emozioni e sviluppo. Percorsi tipici e atipici.Rome: Carocci.

2002 Scholarly Excellence Award for Tenure-Track Faculty, College of Health & Human Sciences, Colorado State University.

2002 Colorado State University International Programs Recognition, for international collaborations.

1996 Licensed as a clinical psychologist in Colorado: License # 2101; license active.

1990 Academy of Fellows, Zero to Three.

Professional Experience

2013-present: Professor, Department of Human Development & Family Studies, Colorado State University and School of Public Health, University of Colorado at Denver Anschutz Medical Campus.

2010-2011: Visiting scientist, Hemophilia & Thrombosis Center, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.

2010 (fall): Visiting scientist, School of Nursing, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.

2010 (fall): Visiting scientist, Hemophilia & Thrombosis Center, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.

2007- present: Professor, Department of Human Development & Family Studies and Clinical Faculty, Department of Psychiatry, University of Colorado at Denver Anschutz Medical Campus.

2002-2007: Associate Professor (with tenure), Department of Human Development & Family Studies and Associate Professor of Psychology (Affiliate), Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, Colorado and Clinical Faculty (affiliate), Dept. of Psychiatry, University of Colorado Medical School, Denver, Colorado.

1996-2002: Assistant Professor, Department of Human Development & Family Studies, Colorado State University.

Selected Publications

Harman, J.J., Biringen, Z., Ratajack, E.M.*, Outland, P.*, & Kraus, A.* (submitted, 2015) Parents behaving badly and the sanctioning of mothers for doing so: Gender biases in the perception of parental alienation.

Biringen, Z., Closson, L.*, Derr-Moore, A.*, Hall, A.*, Pratt, D.*, Pybus, K.*, Saunders, H.*, & Warren, V.* Lucas-Thompson, R., & Harman, J. (in press). Mindfulness, emotional availability, and emotional attachment: Three Daily Practices. Zero to Three Journal.

Saunders, H.*, Kraus, A.*, Barone, L., & Biringen, Z. (in press). Emotional availability: Theory, research, and intervention, Frontiers in Psychology, special issue on “Parenthood from biology to relation. Prevention, assessment and interventions for developmental and clinical issues.” hosted by Dr(s) Alessandra Simonelli, Silvia Salcuni.

Barone, L., Saunders, H.*, & Biringen, Z. (in press). Strumenti di valutazione e interventi di sostegno alla genitorialità (“Parenting: Assessment and intervention”). In Furio Lambruschi & Francesca Lionetti (Eds.) La disponibilità emotiva: razionale, strumenti di valutazione e introduzione all'intervento. Carocci, Rome.

Baker, M.*, Biringen, Z., Schneider, A.*, & Meyer-Parsons, B. (2015). An emotional-availability-based tele-intervention for adoptive families, Infant Mental Health Journal, 36, 179-92.

Neu, M., Meyer-Parsons, B., Biringen, E., & Biringen, Z. (2015). Gastroesophageal reflux disease and the mother-infant relationship. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 5, 41-45.

Biringen, Z., Derscheid, D., Vliegen, N., Closson, L., & Easterbrooks, A.E. (2014). Emotional availability (EA): Theoretical background, empirical reserach using the EA Scales, and clinical applications. Developmental Review, 34, 93-188.

Schneider, A.A., Rosenberg, J., Baker, M., Melia, N., Granger, B., & Biringen, Z. (2014). Becoming relationally effective: High-risk boys in animal-assisted therapy, Human Animal Interaction Bulletin, 2, 1-18.

Wang, J., Morgan, G., & Biringen, Z. (2014). Mother-Toddler Affect Exchanges and Children’s Mastery Behaviors during Preschool Years, Infant and Child Development. 23, 139–152.

Altenhofen, S., Clyman, R., Little, C., Baker, M., & Biringen, Z. (2013). Attachment security in three-year-olds who entered substitute care in infancy, Infant Mental health Journal, 34, 435-445.

Belt, R.H., Kouvo, A., Flykt, M., Punamäki, R.L., Haltigan, J.D., Biringen, Z. & Tamminen, T. (in press). Intercepting the intergenerational cycle of maternal trauma and loss through infant psychotherapy: A case study using attachment-derived methods. Journal of Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry.

Mone, J. & Biringen, Z. (2012). Perceived parental alienation: Reliability and validity of a new instrument. Divorce & Remarriage, 53, 157-177.

Sutherland, K., Altenhofen, S., & Biringen, Z. (2012). Emotional availability during mother-child interactions in divorcing and intact married families, Divorce & Remarriage, 53, 126-141.

Biringen, Z. (2012). Emotional availability (EA): Conceptualization and research on assessment and intervention for caregiver-child relationships. In N. Erol (Ed.) Infant Mental Health (Bebek Ruh Sagligi), Ankara, Turkey: Ankara University Press.

Biringen, Z. (2012). Emotional availability (EA): Conceptualization and research on assessment and intervention for caregiver-child relationships. In N. Erol (Ed.) Infant Mental Health (Bebek Ruh Sagligi), Ankara, Turkey: Ankara University Press. (English and Turkish in the same volume).

Biringen, Z. & Easterbrooks, A.E. (2012) Emotional availability: A developmental psychopathology perspective. Development & Psychopathology. Vol. 24 (Edited volume).

Biringen, Z. & Easterbrooks, A.E. (2012). Emotional Availability (EA): Concept, research,and window on developmental and psychopathology, Development & Psychopathology, 24, 1–8.

Biringen, Z., Altenhofen, S., Aberle, J., Baker, M., Brosal, A., Bennett, S., Coker, E., Lee, C., Meyer, B., Moorlag, A., & Swaim, R. (2012). Emotional availability, attachment, and intervention in center-based child care for infants and toddlers, Development & Psychopathology, 24, 23–34.

Biringen, Z., & Easterbrooks, M.A. (2012). The integration of emotional availability into a developmental psychopathology framework: Reflections on the Special Section and future directions, Development & Psychopathology, 24, 137–142.

Flykt, M., Punamaki, R. Belt, R., Biringen, Z., Salo, S., Posa, T., Pajulo, M. (2012). Maternal Representations and Emotional Availability among drug-abusing and non-using mothers and their infants. Infant Mental Health Journal, 33, 123-138.

Biringen, Z. & Allender, T. (2011, July) Using evidence-based assessments to evaluate parent-child relationship quality, Zero to Three Journal.

Biringen, Z., Batten, R., Neelan, P., Altenhofen, S., Swaim, R., Bruce, A., Fetsch, R., Voitel, C., & Zachary, V. (2010). Emotional availability (EA): The assessment of and intervention for global parent-child relational quality, Journal of Experiential Psychotherapy, 49, 3-9.

Altenhofen, S., Biringen, Z., & Mergler, R. (2010). Families experiencing divorce: Age at onset of overnight stays, conflict, and emotional availability as predictors of child attachment, Journal of Divorce & Remarriage, 51, 141-156.

Salo, S., Kivistö, K., Korja, R., Biringen, Z., Tupola, S.-M., & Kivitie-Kallio, S. (2009). Emotional availability, parental self-efficacy beliefs, and child development in caregiver-child relationships with buprenorphine-exposed 3-year-olds, Parenting: Science & Practice, 9, 244-259.

Barone, L. & Biringen, Z. (2007). Le scale per la valutazione della disponibilità emozionale (Emotional Availability Scales-EAS). In L. Barone, Emozioni e sviluppo. Percorsi tipici e atipici. Rome: Carocci.

Möhler, E., Poustka, L., & Biringen, Z. (2007). Emotional availability in a sample of mothers with a history of abuse, American Journal of Orthopsychiatry: Interdisciplinary perspectives on mental health and social justice, 77, 624-628.

Center Affiliations

Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health, University of Colorado-Denver

Thematic Research Areas

  • Treatment, Intervention, & Prevention Science
  • Emotion, Regulation, & Relational Processes
  • Cultural Context & Diversity