Dr. Lynne Zarbatany
Westminster Hall 322 East
I was born and raised in the beautiful cosmopolitan city of Montreal. I completed my undergraduate work at McGill University in1978, and then moved to San Diego, California, for graduate training in Clinical Psychology with Alan Litrownik, at San Diego State University. There, while working with a child-clinical population, it became evident to me that my primary interests lay in the study of normative developmental processes. After completing my Master’s degree in 1980, I moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, to begin doctoral training in Developmental Psychology at the University of Utah with Don Hartmann and Michael Lamb. I conducted my first study on children’s peer relationships for my doctoral dissertation (Ph.D, 1985), and have continued doing research in this substantive area ever since.
After enjoying the sunny coastline of southern California and the spectacular Wasatch Mountain range of Utah, I took my first (and last) faculty position at the University of Western Ontario (1985) in London (Ontario, not England). Although there are no mountains in sight, we are nestled between the beaches of Lake Erie and Lake Huron (one hour each way), surrounded by farmland, and within an easy drive to Stratford, Toronto, Niagara Falls, and Detroit. When I am not at work, I am hanging out with my 9-year-old daughter, Sydney, whose insider perspective helps me to understand the phenomenological experience of peer relationships in every day life.
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