C. E. (Claire) Cameron is a writer and educational psychologist. Her academic scholarship examines how children learn and develop. Her fiction and non-fiction further explores how we change throughout life by revealing individual stories of transformation. Themes of her work include
relationships – who we love
beliefs – what we think
habits – what we do; and
hopes – what we dream
Claire’s non-academic writing explores what we may find difficult to talk about. There is so much about being human that we hide from others because we’re afraid of being judged.
Pema Chödrön writes that sometimes things fall completely apart. Maybe a loved one dies or leaves. Or maybe a strongly-held belief is shattered by cold, hard reality. When that happens, the world can appear entirely different. Everything can seem new and scary. Our impulse may be to turn away, to criticize ourselves or others for what seems like weakness, or to withdraw into silence. Instead of growing more fully into ourselves, we may become narrow and fearful.
Through a series of unfortunate events, Claire learned that what we judge in others is often what we have trouble accepting in ourselves. She also learned that writing about it helps. Vulnerability, grief, making mistakes – instead of being buried or hidden, these bumps in the road can all be part of the learning process. All it takes is seeing ourselves as works-in-progress rather than permanently flawed.
In 2007, Claire earned a PhD from the University of Michigan’s Combined Program in Education and Psychology. She moved to Charlottesville, VA, to complete a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Virginia’s Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL), where she is currently employed as a Research Scientist. Her scientific research addresses how children learn to control their behavior and how adults can help them. She’s best known for her work to develop the Head-Toes-Knees-Shoulders (HTKS), a game-like assessment for children which has been translated into over ten languages. Here is the latest work Claire’s research group is doing and her most recent publication.
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