Kelley O'Carroll


  • Visiting Lecturer in Psychology and Education
Kelley O'Carroll

Kelley O’Carroll is interested in the roles that families and teachers play in young children’s learning and development in racially, ethnically and socioeconomically diverse families. Specifically, O’Carroll’s research has examined parent social support, social capital and family-school relationships in young children’s school readiness. She has also studied the impact of professional development on early childhood teachers’ partnerships with families, and she is interested in the factors that support sustained change in teacher practices after professional development. O’Carroll uses both quantitative and qualitative research methods in community-based settings.

Areas of Expertise


  • Ed.D., Ed.M., Harvard University
  • A.B., Mount Holyoke College

Recent Grants

Kelley O'Carroll (Psychology and Education) received a $11,240 grant from George Lucas Educational Foundation through a subaward from Harvard for the project "Education for Democracy." The project is for 9 months (2020).

Recent Publications

Shen, L. U., O'Carroll, K. L., Duhaylongsod, L, & Allen, D. (2021). Eighth-grade civics teachers on student engagement with race. Ohio Social Studies Review, 57(2), 6 - 19.

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