Carrington, Evelyn Maurine (1898–1985)

By: Judith N. McArthur

Type: Biography

Published: December 1, 1994

Updated: October 7, 2017

Evelyn Maurine Carrington, psychologist, was born in Austin on August 30, 1898, the daughter of William Leonidas and Bertha (Gray) Carrington. She earned three degrees from the University of Texas: a B.A. in 1919, an M.A. in 1920, and a Ph.D. in 1930. She did further work at the Institute for Juvenile Research and the Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago and at Columbia University. From 1930 to 1941 she taught educational psychology at Sam Houston State Teachers College (now Sam Houston State University), and from 1941 to 1952 she was on the faculty at Texas State College for Women (now Texas Woman's University). She served briefly as administrative director for the Children's Development Center in Dallas and as psychologist and director of instruction at the Shady Brook schools before becoming staff psychologist at Children's Medical Center in Dallas in 1955. She remained with the center until 1973. During most of this period she maintained a private practice in child psychology in Dallas, and from 1955 to 1962 she also lectured at Baylor University College of Dentistry.

Carrington's research interests focused on children's learning, especially as related to the process of learning to read, and on the problems of aging. She was a delegate to two White House conferences on aging and a member of the Governor's Commission on Aging and several organizations concerned with the needs of the elderly. She served on the committee that planned and established the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health and held the offices of vice president of the Texas Society for Mental Health and president of the International Council of Women Psychologists. She was a fellow of both the Texas Psychological Association and the American Psychological Association. She was the author of Mental Health for Older People (1946), A Psychologist Looks at the Adolescent Girl (1946), and The Exceptional Child: His Nature and His Needs (1951) and the editor of Women in Early Texas (1975). She died in Austin on October 4, 1985, and was buried in Oakwood Cemetery.

Visit the Texas Women Project's standalone website

The Handbook of Texas Women project has its own dedicated website and resources.

Visit Website

American Men of Science, 13th ed. Austin American-Statesman, October 6, 1985. Who's Who of American Women, 1970–71.

  • Education
  • Educators
  • Social Sciences
  • Health and Medicine
  • Founders and Pioneers
  • School Founders
  • Physicians and Surgeons
  • Psychologists, Psychiatrists, and Neuropsychiatrists
  • Women
Time Periods:
  • Progressive Era
  • Great Depression
  • Texas in the 1920s
  • World War II
  • Texas Post World War II
  • North Texas
  • Dallas/Fort Worth Region
  • Dallas
  • Central Texas
  • Austin

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Judith N. McArthur, “Carrington, Evelyn Maurine,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed June 28, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

All copyrighted materials included within the Handbook of Texas Online are in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 related to Copyright and “Fair Use” for Non-Profit educational institutions, which permits the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), to utilize copyrighted materials to further scholarship, education, and inform the public. The TSHA makes every effort to conform to the principles of fair use and to comply with copyright law.

For more information go to:

If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.

December 1, 1994
October 7, 2017

This entry belongs to the following Handbook Special Projects: