Senior Lecturer and Program Coordinator - Human Development and Family Science

Camelia Măianu joined the Human Development and Family Science Program at the University of Vermont in 2020 following more than 20 years of teaching in higher education. In 2022, she began serving as the program coordinator. Her areas of expertise include child development, lifespan development, and the psychology of adolescence.

Emigrating from Romania in 1979, Camelia returned as a Fulbright Research Scholar in 1999-2000 and remained for another two years to work with institutionalized and HIV+ children. Her previous experience also includes service as a mental health caseworker and counselor and a GED Instructor at the Cook County Jail in Chicago. She created and led a Child Development in Context study abroad course to Romania from 2012-2018.

Camelia is the Circle of Security-Parenting™ Program trainer for Romania, where she regularly teaches human service professionals to use the program with caregivers and teachers. She is deeply committed to making attachment-based early interventions available to diverse, underserved caregivers and families through her teaching, advocacy, and workshops.

Awards and Recognition

  • President’s Award for Excellence, Harrisburg Area Community College, 2014
  • Fulbright Research Scholarship, Romania, 1999
Camelia Măianu

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

  • Child Development
  • Lifespan Development Psychology
  • Psychology of Adolescence


  • M.S., Developmental Psychology, University of Utah
  • B.A., Psychology, Wheaton College


Office Location:

208B Mann Hall