Kathleen McCallops

Expected Graduation: 2023

  • CEHD Dean's Scholar




Adolescent Development

Research Interest(s)

Adolescent academic achievement, Transition to adulthood

Kathleen McCallops

Kathleen McCallops is a second year M.S./Ph.D. student in the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences. She is currently a Graduate Research Assistant and Teaching Assistant for Dr. Tia Barnes. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Communication from St. Lawrence University, she spent two years as a College Access Advisor in the Cleveland Public Schools. As an advisor, Kathleen provided students with information and resources to help them navigate the college process. Kathleen’s research continues to focus on youth as she is interested in the mental health and educational outcomes among youth and families experiencing homelessness and/or housing instability.

Current Research

Thesis: The Relationship Between Mental Health Outcomes and Bullying Among Youth Experiencing Homelessness: The Role of Parental Support as a Moderator

Recent Publications

  • Barnes, T. N., Cipriano, C., McCallops, K., Cuccini-Harmon, C., & Rivers, S. E. (In press). Examining the relationship between perceptions of teaching self-efficacy, school support and teacher and paraeducator’s well-being in a residential school setting.

Recent Presentations

  • McCallops, K.A., & Sawyer Morris, G. (2017, June). Cultivating collaborative culture in doctoral student environments: An autoethnographic approach. Poster presented at International Association for Relationship Research, Syracuse, NY.
  • Sawyer Morris, G., & McCallops, K.A., (2017, April). Cultivating collaborative culture in doctoral student environments: An autoethnographic approach. Presented at University of Delaware Graduate Student Forum, Newark, DE.
  • Crosby-Currie, C.A., & McCallops, K.A. (2015, March). Factors that affect jurors’ use of inadmissible evidence. Paper presented at the Eastern Psychological Association Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

Professional Experience

  • Lab Coordinator, The Yale RELATE lab, University of Delaware (2017-present)
  • Dissertation Research Assistant, Sara Shaw, University of Delaware (2017)
  • Guest Lecturer, HDFS 202 Diversity and Families, University of Delaware (2017)
  • Teaching Assistant, HDFS 435 Programs for Children with Exceptionalities and HDFS 414 Guidance and Behavior Support, University of Delaware (2016-present)
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Dr. Tia N. Barnes, University of Delaware (2016-present)
  • College Access Advisor, AmeriCorps, College Now Greater Cleveland, 2014-2016
  • Assistant Coach, John Jay High School Basketball, 2014-2016
  • Counselor, Cleveland Clinic Summer Treatment Program, 2013

Honors & Awards

  • Dean’s Scholar, College of Education and Human Development, University of Delaware, 2016-present
  • Graduated with departmental honors and magna sum laude, St. Lawrence University, 2014
  • Psi Chi Service Award, Psychology Department, St. Lawrence University, 2014
  • Susan B. Cady Award, Psychology Department, St. Lawrence University, 2013

Professional Memberships

  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)
  • National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY)
  • National Council on Family Relations (NCFR)

Past Education

  • B.S. Psychology; Performance and Communication Arts, St. Lawrence University, 2014
    • Senior honors thesis: Factors that affect juror’s use of inadmissible evidence