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Pamela Davis-Kean

Professor of Psychology, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, Research Professor, Survey Research Center, Research Professor, Research Center for Group Dynamics and Faculty Associate, Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research, Institute for Social Research

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Dr. Davis-Kean’s research continues to evolve as she seeks the various pathways that socio-economic status (SES) of parents relates to the outcomes of their children. Davis-Kean’s primary focus is on parental educational attainment and how it can influence the development of the home environment throughout childhood, adolescence, and the transition to adulthood. Achievement is the primary outcome that she studies and she is an expert in the use of standardized test with children as well as using any type of assessment with young children. Davis-Kean stresses the importance of doing quality psychological research through the use of replication methods and large scale data sets. Students who seek to work with her should be willing and excited to learn advanced longitudinal statistics and think deeply about the how children develop within contexts.

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