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  Lab Members > Kathy Hoover-Dempsey

Kathy Hoover-Dempsey Kathy Hoover-Dempsey, Ph.D., is  Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and Human Development at Peabody College of Vanderbilt University. Her research program focuses on parental involvement in elementary and middle school children's schooling and the influence of parents' involvement activities on students' educational and developmental outcomes. Grounded in a model of the parental involvement process (Hoover-Dempsey & Sandler, 1995, 1997, 2005), she and her colleagues are currently investigating (a) why parents become involved in their children's education and (b) how their involvement, once engaged, influences proximal (e.g., academic self-efficacy, self-regulation) and distal student outcomes (e.g., achievement). With her colleagues, she has also developed and evaluated school-based interventions designed to increase the incidence and
effectiveness of teacher invitations to parents' involvement.)


The Family-School Partnership Lab is part of the Psychology and Human Development Department, Peabody College, Vanderbilt University.