Emotional Availability

Zeynep Biringen, Ph. D.


Zeynep Biringen, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist in Colorado and Professor Emerita at Colorado State University (CSU).  She conducted research on adult-child relationships at CSU for over 25 years and has trained literally thousands of professionals (researchers, mental health clinicians, and other practitioners) in the evidence-based EA System.  The first version of the system was developed in 1987 at the University of California, Berkeley, and formed part of her dissertation research, while working with Professor Mary Main. The 2nd and 3rd editions involved refinements of the system while she worked as a MacArthur Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Colorado School of Medicine with Professor Robert N. Emde.  She also worked with Professor Inge Bretherton as well as Professor Joseph Campos, as part of her MacArthur Postdoctoral Fellowship.

Inspired by Robert N. Emde’s conceptualizations of emotional availability and emotions as well as Bowlby/Ainsworth attachment theory, Biringen has spearheaded the understanding of emotional availability (EA) as a rigorous scientific assessment of adult-child relationships, developing and refining the Emotional Availability (EA) System.  Encouraged by Robert N. Emde, Biringen began to train professionals in the system almost 30 years ago.  This was accomplished only with a small number of tightly knit group of professionals, however.  It has now evolved to a point where most professionals (who have some experience with children and families) can be trained quite effectively (and reliably).  A background in attachment is useful, but not necessary.  In fact, she also trains those from occupations in nutrition, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, as well as those from the fields of human development, psychology, psychiatry, social work, and allied disciplines.  Again, almost 30 years ago, it was researchers who were initially interested in the trainings, whereas now, there is abundant interest and use by practitioners from varied disciplines, working in foster care agencies, assessment and therapy services, and other.

She also has trained a small number of excellent trainers in different countries and/or regions (e.g., Dr. Saara Salo of Finland for Scandinavian countries and Dr. Anna Fuchs to train in Germany, specifically for the doctor-patient relationship).  These authorized trainings lead to certification to use the EA System.  Trainers are in close contact with the developer and update their expertise over time.


Curriculum Vitae (December 2018)
Zeynep Biringen, Ph.D

ZBiringen cv December 2018