Dr. Kristen K. Williams attended Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2005 with her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychological Science. She continued her studies at Ball State University, earning her M.A. in School Psychology in 2006 and her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, with specializations in Human Development and Gifted/Talented Studies in 2009.
In 2010, Dr. Williams joined the Heidelberg University faculty as an Assistant Professor in Education. She teaches undergraduate and graduate-level courses in Education Research, Data Analysis, Child and Adolescent Development, Adult Learning and Development, and Motivation to Achieve. Additionally, she serves as the Coordinator for the MAE Research, in which she mentors graduate students as they work on their action-research projects.
Broadly, Dr. Williams’ research interests address the social and emotional development of adolescents, including issues related to college preparedness and transitions, identity development, perfectionism, and issues related to GLBT families. Her work has been presented at several regional, national, and international conferences and has been published in peer-reviewed journals. She enjoys traveling, spending time with her family, including her young daughter, and serving on the Mission Committee at her church.
- 2015 Heidelberg University Distinguished Scholarship and Research Award
- 2008 Association for Institutional Research Dissertation Fellowship
- 2008 AIR Charles I. Brown Award for Most Outstanding Dissertation Proposal
- 2008 NCES/NSF National Data Policy Institute Fellow
- Peer-reviewed publications in the Roeper Review, Psychology and Education, Journal for the Advancement of Education Research, and Sex Roles
- Research presentations at Association for the Advancement of Education Research, Society for the Study of Human Development, Hawaii International Conference on Education, Ohio Confederation of Teacher Education Organizations, and the Council for Exceptional Children
- Reviewer for the High School Journal, Midwest Educational Research, The Teacher Educator, and APA Educational Psychology Division
- Faculty Adviser for the Heidelberg Student Education Association
- Faculty Adviser for Berg STOP! Coalition Against Human Trafficking
- Co-Organizer Human Trafficking Awareness Week
- Board President-Elect of Seneca Mentoring Youth Links