Emmy Werner

Position Title
Professor Emerita

  • Human Development & Family Studies

Emmy E. Werner passed away on October 12, 2017


Interests: Risk and resilience across the lifespan, childhood in historical context


Recipient of Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Child Development Award from the Society of Research in Child Development, April 1999

Recipient of the Dolley Madison Presidential Award for Outstanding Lifelong Contributions to the Development and Well-being of Children and Families, December 1999

Recipient of the University of California 1999/2000 Constantine Panunzio Distinguished Emeriti Award, June 2000

Recipient of the Arnold Gesell Award, 2001, German Society for Social Pediatrics

Recipient of the Society of Human Development Award for Distinguished Career Contributions to the Scientific Study of Life Span Development, October 2005

Select Publications

Werner, E.E. In Pursuit of Liberty: Coming of Age in the American Revolution. Westport, CT, Praeger, 2006

Werner, E.E. and Smith, R.S. Att vaxa: Mot alla odds:Fran fodelse till vuxenliv. Stockholm:Svenska Foreningen for Psykisk Halsa, 2003

Werner, E.E. A conspiracy of decency: The rescue of the Danish Jews in World War II. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 2002

Werner, E.E. and Smith, R.S. Journeys from childhood to midlife: Risk resilience and recovery. Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press. 2001 (hard cover and paperback)

Werner, E.E. Unschuldige Zeugen. Europa Verlag: Hamburg, 2001 (German translation)

Werner, E.E. Through the eyes of innocents: Children witness World War II. Boulder, CO. Westview Press, 1999 (paperback 2001)

Werner, E.E. Reluctant witnesses: Children's voices from the civil war. Westview Press, 1998 (paperback 1999)

Werner, E.E. Pioneer children on the journey west. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1995 (paperback 1996)

Werner, E.E. and Smith, R.S. Overcoming the odds: High risk children from birth to adulthood. Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press. 1992 (paperback 1994)

Werner, E.E. Vulnerable, but invincible. New York: Adams, Bannister, and Cox, 1989, 1998


Ph.D., University of Nebraska.


Ed.S., Child Psychologist.