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Karen Watkins-Lewis, Ph.D.


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Contact Information:


Shady Grove Office:      Shady Grove III Rm 4143

Shady Grove Phone:     301.738.6075

Main campus Office:      Math/Psychology 305

Main campus Phone:     410.455.2369

UMBC @ The Universities at Shady Grove Website


Ph.D. – Howard University, 2007

Areas of Study:

Developmental Psychology

Research Interests:

Socio-Cultural Psychology; parenting; and achievement among children of color

Courses Taught:

Experimental Psychology: Design and Analysis I (PSYC 331)

Psychology of Aggression (PSYC 342)

Child Development and Poverty (PSYC 393)


Selected Publications:

Watkins-Lewis, K. & Hamre, B. K. African-American parenting characteristics and their association with children’s cognitive and academic school readiness.  Journal of African American Studies. (25 November 2011).

Watkins-Lewis, K., Jones-Harden, B., & Boykin. A. W.  A study of the parenting characteristics of African American families and their relationship to child emotional adjustment and academic achievement. Urban Education. Accepted with request for minor revisions (January 26, 2012).

Cabrera, N., Kondelis, B., Aldoney, D., Kennedy, T., & Watkins-Lewis, K (2011). Social adaptation and positive adjustment of young Latino children. In Cabrera, N. (Ed.) Acculturation, parenting, and young children’s behavioral problems. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO Publishers.

Boykin, A.W., Watkins-Lewis, K, Tyler, K.M., & Kizzie, K. (2006). Culture in the classroom practices of elementary school teachers serving low-income African American students. Journal of Education of Students Placed At-Risk, 11(2), 161-173.