Katherine C. (KC) Haydon ’00

As an associate professor of psychology and education at Mount Holyoke College, KC Haydon is excited to participate in Shakti 2018. She looks forward to sharing resources with the next generation of women leaders on building self-direction, cultivating supportive networks and developing strong communication skills.

In her work as a professor, KC Haydon researches the developmental origins of how people behave in their closest relationships. One central question in her work is how the individual developmental histories of romantic partners affects what happens in their current relationships, such as how they resolve conflicts, regulate stress, express emotion and influence each other’s health and well-being.

She also studies how close relationships with parents, friends and romantic partners contribute to developmental outcomes, such as navigating the transition to adulthood. Her research is guided by the premise that such outcomes are probabilistically shaped by experiences in multiple contexts.

KC Haydon holds a bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College and a doctorate from the University of Minnesota.