Kelly Rodgers

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Associate Professor
Social Sciences, Human Services and Criminal Justice


Office: S-633F

Office Hours: Mon., Wed. (10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.)

Phone: +1 (212) 220-8000;ext=5210

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,

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Additional Information

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.