Kelly Rodgers

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Associate Professor
Social Sciences, Human Services and Criminal Justice


Office: S-633F

Office Hours: Wed, Thurs (9:45 a.m. -10:45 a.m.) & 1-2 Friday (Zoom)

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

Courses Taught

PSY 250 (Child Psychology)

Research and Projects


Honors, Awards and Affiliations

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.