Skip to Content

Psychological Sciences

Home > People > Profile

Contact Information

(615) 322-8141

Research Area

  • Developmental Science
  • Education

    Ph.D. (Michigan State University, 1974)

    Kathleen Hoover-Dempsey

    Professor of Psychology & Human Development, Emerita

    Professor Hoover-Dempsey's research focuses on parental involvement in children's and adolescents' education and the influence of family engagement on student learning outcomes. Grounded in a theoretical model of the parental involvement process, she and her colleagues have examined specific questions including: Why do parents become involved in actively supporting their students' learning? How does family their involvement influence students' development of beliefs, attitudes, skills and behaviors essential to successful school learning? She has developed and evaluated school-based interventions designed to increase the incidence and effectiveness of school and teacher invitations to parental involvement, and has consulted with varied national, state, and research programs designed to enhance the effectiveness of parental involvement and family-school partnerships.

    Current work focuses on parental involvement among Latino families of public school students, the contributions of parental involvement to student learning beliefs and behaviors, and constructs central to the development of effective family-school partnerships.