Patricia G. Ramsey

Professor, Emeritus


  • B.A. Middlebury College
  • M.A. California State University, San Francisco
  • Ed.D. University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Courses Taught

  • Laboratory in Social and Personality Development
  • Introductory Psychology
  • Introduction to Developmental Psychology
  • Continuity, Crisis and the Future of Our Schools
  • Seminar in Psychological Research
  • Psychological Perspectives on Adoption


My research and teaching have two main themes. First, I am interested in early social and attitudinal development.  My students and I have studied many aspects of young children's peer relationships:  how they initiate contact, resolve conflicts, avoid cross sex peers, and show concern for each other.  We have also studied how children develop early attitudes about gender, race, and social class and how teaching from a multicultural perspective affects children's early awareness and attitudes about groups of people that are currently unfamiliar to them.  Second, I am conducting several studies and teaching a class about different aspects of adoption. My students and I are studying identity formation of transracial adoptees and the strengths and vulnerabilities of adoptees and their families. 

Selected Publications

Ramsey, P.G. & Mika, K. (in press). Identities of Transracial Adoptees: Outsiders Looking In? Anales de Psicología, 27 (3) (anticipated publication October, 2011).

Ramsey, P.G. (2011) What if all the kids are white? 2nd Ed. New York: Teacher College Press.

Mednick, L.G. & Ramsey, P.G. (2008). Peers, Power, and Privilege: The Social World of a Second Grade. Rethinking Schools, 23 (1), 27-31.

Ramsey, P.G. (2004). Teaching and Learning in a Diverse World. 3rd Ed. New York: Teachers College Press.

Ramsey, R.G. & Williams, L.R. (2003). Multicultural Education: A Resource Book. New York: Routledge Farmer.