Professor Jaan Valsiner is an internationally renown and cited cultural psychologist, who has published over 300 academic works.
Dr. Valsiner received his higher education in Estonia, where he graduated from Tartu University in 1976 and completed his post-graduate work in 1979. He has been at Clark University since 1997. He won the Alexander-von-Humboldt Research Prize in Germany in 1995, and is affiliated with research groups in Brazil, The Netherlands, Australia and Estonia. Jaan Valsiner was promovated as a doctor honoris causa
of Tallinn University on the 22th of February in 2008.
During his scientific career, in the beginning Jaan Valsiner dealt with mother-child communicational patterns and in a broader sense developmental psychology. Nowadays, he takes interest in the cultural organization of mental and affective processes in human development across the whole life span. Another domain of his research involves psychology's history as a resource of ideas for contemporary advancement of the discipline and in theoretical models of how human beings are carriers of culture. In the 90s of the last century, psychology moved in it's paradigms towards the domain of relations between individual and cultural environment. It was a period of genesis for important ideas in developmental psychology and one of the main proposers of which was Jaan Valsiner. Today many leftfield thinkers in the field of psychology have been gathering around Jaan Valsiner in aims of constructing a new paradigm.
Jaan Valsiner is a member of editorial staffs of multiple specialized magazines, being a founder and chief editor of four, including Culture and Psychology
(Sage) and Integrative Psychological & Behavioral Science
(Springer). His first academic work was published in 1974 among Tartu University journals in collaboration with Henn Mikkin and was titled Nonverbal communication in dyads
. He himself has written that his main contributions to knowledge can be found in his four monographs: Culture and the development of children's action
, 1987; The guided mind
, 1998; The social mind
, 2000; Construction of the idea Culture in minds and societies
, 2007. His most recent work includes Culture in Minds and Societies
(Sage, 2007) and Cambridge Handbook of Sociocultural Psychology
(2007, with Alberto Rosa).
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