Lecturer / Program Coordinator - Human Development and Family Science

Following more than 20 years of teaching in higher education in Pennsylvania, Washington, Colorado, Utah, and Illinois, Camelia Măianu joined the Human Development and Family Science Program at the University of Vermont in 2020.

Camelia's previous experience includes service as a caseworker for mentally ill children and adolescents, a mental health counselor, and a GED Instructor at the Cook County Jail in Chicago. She is deeply committed to making attachment-based early interventions available to diverse, underserved caregivers and families through her teaching, advocacy, and workshops.

Emigrating from Romania in 1979, she returned as a Fulbright Research Scholar in 1999-2000 and remained for another two years to work with institutionalized and HIV+ children. Serving as advisor and supervisor on national project to implement the Circle of Security-Parenting™ (COSP) Program, Camelia has trained 400 mental health and education professionals to become COSP™ facilitators in the Romanian public-school system.

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
  • Research Methods


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