Professor and Chair
Department of Psychology


Brief Biography

Carie Forden received her PhD in social psychology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1990. She enjoys teaching and mentoring students, and has published and presented on the teaching of psychology. One of her teaching innovations, an online partnership between students at AUC, and was recognized for an Action Teaching Award by The Social Psychology Network in the United States. Her early research focused on the psychology of gender, and included two books: Readings in the Psychology of Gender: Exploring our Commonalities and Differences, and Readings in the Psychology of Women:  Dimensions of the Female Experience.

Forden currently works as a community psychologist and has served as an evaluation consultant and trainer to nonprofit and governmental agencies, both in the United States and Egypt, including WHO, Drosos Foundation, and Wataneya Society for the Development of Orphanages. She is currently involved in a multi-year collaboration with UNICEF, the Ministry of Social Solidarity and the National Council for Childhood and Motherhood to build capacity among Egyptian child protection social workers. In the area of community psychology, Forden has published on smoking prevention, community psychology in Egypt, and organizational capacity-building. She was recognized by AUC’s Academic Civic Engagement program for her faculty-community partnership with Wataneya Society in 2017.

    AUC project with UNICEF:

    More info about the award-winning teaching project that Dr Forden did:

      • Shash, F.G. & Forden, C. (2016).  Gender equality in a time of change:  Gender mainstreaming       after Egypt’s Arab Spring.  Women’s Studies International Forum, 56, 74-82.
      • Forden, C. & Carrillo, A. (2015).  Smoking and attitudes toward smoking policy at a university in   Egypt.  Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse.
      • Forden, C. & Carrillo, A. (2015). A reflection on the impact of culture on campus-community partnerships to build evaluation capacity in rural Pennsylvania and urban Cairo. Community Psychology in Global Perspective, 1, 86-104.
      • Slattery, J.M. & Forden, C.L. (2014).  What psychology students learn: Ten skills that any employer will appreciate. Eye on Psi Chi, 19 (1), 14-17.
      • Forden, C. & Carrillo, A. (2014).  Integrating global learning into a psychology course using an online platform.  Psychology Learning and Teaching, 13 (3), 270-278.
      • Carrillo, A. & Forden, C. (2013).  Community psychology practice competencies in Egypt:  Challenges and opportunities.  Global Journal of Community Psychology, 4 (4), 1-12.
    • PhD, 1990, State University of New York at Stony Brook

      MA, 1986, State University of New York at Stony Brook

      BA, 1978, University of California at Santa Cruz

    • Graduate

      Consultation to Nonprofit Organizations

      Internship in Community Psychology

      Community Assessment and Program Evaluation

      Prevention and Intervention in Communities

      Community Psychology and Systems Theory


      Introduction to Psychology

      Theories of Personality

      Community Psychology

      Social Psychology

      Psychology of Happiness