Carol Enns honored for scholarly contributions

Carol Enns, professor of psychology at Cornell College, won the 2013 Florence Denmark and Mary Reuder award for outstanding international contributions to the psychology of women and gender from the American Psychological Association.

Carolyn Enns
Carolyn Enns

The award was presented at the Division 52 annual business meeting at the American Psychological Association conference on Aug. 3 in Hawaii. The award’s purpose is to recognize and encourage outstanding psychologists who have made international contributions to further the understanding of women and/or gender.  There is only one recipient each year.

Enns, who has taught at Cornell since 1987, said, “It is a privilege to be nominated for the Denmark-Reuder Award.  I see my contributions in the international and transnational domain to be quite modest, which increases my gratitude for being identified as someone whose interests and passions lie in the area of transnational applications of the psychology of women.”

Enns’ contributions  include her book on feminist psychotherapy, “Feminist Theories and Feminist Psychotherapies;” a book she co-edited, “Teaching and Social Justice;” articles on locational feminist theory; and invited commentaries about men’s gender role issues in Japan as well as contemporary Japanese feminisms.

The award also recognizes Enns’ work as a teacher and mentor. One particularly rewarding collaboration Enns took part in involved facilitating a working group of participants from around the world in order to focus on the strengths, limitations, and transnational applications of the “Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Girls and Women.” Enns and a former student, whom she has continued to mentor, are writing a chapter based on the findings and subsequent thinking of this working group.

Division 52 of the American Psychological Association is dedicated to international psychology and “seeks to develop a psychological science and practice that is contextually informed, culturally inclusive, serves the public interest and promotes global perspectives.” Award winners are chosen by an award committee within the division.

The citation reads:

The winner of this year’s Denmark-Reuder Award for international contributions to the psychology of women is Dr. Carolyn Zerbe Enns of Cornell College.

Dr. Enns is an active member of Division 52, and she served a term as Chair of our International Committee for Women.  She says that her interests in intercultural communication and in transnational psychology and women’s studies began during her childhood, much of which was spent in Japan.

Dr. Enns frequently visits Japan to work with feminist psychologists there; she has taught at Kyoto Seika University and Waseda University in Japan and at Sookmyung University in Korea.  She regularly consults and presents on how to establish short-term international study opportunities and how to foster student development during study abroad.  She served as an external examiner for the Media and Cultural Studies Program at the University of Birmingham in the U.K., and she has also worked on international projects as a member of the Committee for International Relations in Psychology (CIRP).

Dr. Enns is a highly regarded scholar on feminist therapy and counseling, and she contributed to the development of APA’s Guidelines for Psychological Practice With Girls and Women. She has co-authored a number of articles and chapters on feminist approaches to counseling in the Japanese context, and she co-edited the Oxford Handbook of Feminist Multicultural CounselingPsychology, which includes significant attention to international feminist and multicultural issues.

It is a pleasure to honor you, Carol, for your outstanding accomplishments.