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Kathleen McCartney

Professor of Education, Emerita

Kathleen McCartney

Degree:  Ph.D., Yale University, (1982)
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Vitae/CV:   Kathleen McCartney.pdf


Kathleen McCartney, Professor of Education, Emerita, is the current president of Smith College.

McCartney served as Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education from 2006 to 2013. In collaboration with a dedicated faculty and administrative team, she implemented a strategic plan that resulted in the creation of two new degree programs, the doctorate in education leadership (Ed.L.D.), and a new interfaculty Ph.D. in education; a 25 percent growth in core faculty; a doubling of financial aid for Ed.M. students; a dramatic increase in fellowship support for doctoral students; and the establishment of a partner network with over 30 districts and non-profit organizations.

McCartney’s research program concerns early experience and development, and she has published more than 150 articles and chapters on child care, early childhood education, and poverty. She is a member of the NICHD Early Child Care Research Network, which summarized the results of their longitudinal study in Child Care and Child Development. She also co-edited Experience and Development, The Blackwell Handbook of Early Childhood Development, and Best Practices in Developmental Research Methods.

McCartney received her B.S. in psychology summa cum laude from Tufts University, where she now serves as a trustee, and her M.S. and Ph.D. in developmental psychology from Yale University. In 2012 she was inducted as a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and in 2009 she received the Distinguished Contribution Award from the Society for Research in Child Development. McCartney is also a Fellow of the American Education Research Association, the American Psychological Association, and the American Psychological Society.

Fellow, American Academy of Arts & Sciences,(2012)

30 Most Innovative People in Massachusetts, Boston Globe,(2011)

Senior Award for Distinguished Contributions to Education in Child Development, Society for Research in Child Development.,(2009)

Inaugural Fellow, American Educational Research Association.,(2008)

Fellow, American Psychological Association.,(2007)

Fellow, American Psychological Society,(1995)

Sponsored Projects

The Social Ecology of After-School Care (1993-1997)
National Institute for Child Health and Human Development

The Social Ecology of Infant Child Care (1989-1995)
National Institute for Child Health and Human Development

The Socioemotional Effects of Typical Center-Based Child Care (1989-1993)
National Institute for Child Health and Human Development

How Children Make Their Own Language Environments (1987-1988)
National Institute of Mental Health

Member, American Educational Research Association

Member, American Psychological Association

Member, Association for Psychological Science

Member, Society for Research in Child Development

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