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Dr. Kelly A. Rodgers is an Associate Professor of Psychology at BMCC. She received her B.A. from Westminster College in Missouri, where she completed a double major in mathematics and in Spanish. She earned her M.A. and Ph. D. in Educational Psychology with a specialization in learning and development from the University of Missouri, where her dissertation was entitled “African American Students at Predominantly White Institutions: A Motivational and Self-Systems Approach to Understanding Retention.” Following the groundwork laid by her dissertation, Dr. Rodgers’ research examines the motivational and socio-emotional aspects of the college experience for students of color and how this contributes to their retention in college in general and in STEM disciplines in particular. Dr. Rodgers is an active member of Divisions C (Curriculum and Instruction) and G (the Social Context of Education) in the American Educational Research Association and Division
15 (Educational Psychology) of the American Psychological Association.
Cultural Diversity, Child Development and Learning, Adolescence
- B.A. Westminster College, Mathematics, Spanish
- M.A. University of Missouri, Educational Psychology
- Ph.D. University of Missouri, Educational Psychology
- The course introduces students to the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. Students will learn about current perspectives, historical roots and scientific methods in psychology. Topics within major areas of psychology may include biopsychology, human development, learning, cognition, social processes, personality and psychological disorders.
- This course explores cognitive, emotional, and behavioral changes across the lifespan. Attention is given to how biological sociocultural factors shape the individual. Prerequisite: PSY 100
- This course explores biological, cognitive, and emotional growth from conception through adolescence. Attention is paid to the interplay of individual and sociocultural factors that influence the course of psychological development. Prerequisite: PSY 100
- The course presents Black experiences through a psychological lens. Leaning on the work of leading Black psychologists and other theorists, this course examines critical issues related to race, ethnicity, education, Black families and other social factors embedded in both contemporary and historical contexts. Prerequisite: PSY 100
Research and Projects
Honors, Awards and Affiliations
My dissertation questioned the applicability of traditional models of college student retention/persistence for students who are the ethnic and/or racial minorities on their college campuses.