Karen Moran Jackson, PhD

Faculty - Full-Time
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Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology and Assessment
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My work centers on the intersection between adolescence development, multicultural research methodologies, and policy analysis. I conduct research in two main areas: the role of research methodology in social and policy change and the development of adolescent attitudes and interests in spaces that have traditionally marginalized adolescents of color.

Prior to graduate school, I worked as a middle school science teacher in California and Texas and I remain invested in research that advocates for educational equity.

  • PhD Educational Psychology, The University of Texas at Austin, 2014, Human Development, Culture, and Learning Sciences, Portfolio in Applied Statistical Modeling
  • MA Educational Psychology, The University of Texas at Austin, 2011, Human Development and Culture
  • BS Biology w/ High Distinction, University of Nevada, Reno, 1997, Concentration in Ecology and Evolution
  • Educational Research Methods
  • Educational Assessment: Institutions, Programs, and Learners
  • Psychology of Education
  • Curriculum: Status, Issues, and Trends
  • Intersection between adolescence development
  • Multicultural research methodologies
  • Policy analysis
  • Jackson, K. M., Suizzo, M. A., & Harvey, K. E. (2017). “Connecting teacher perceptions to stem occupational goals in low income adolescents of color.” Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering, 23(1).
  • Jackson, K. M., Afenkhena, E., Taylor, R. & Robbins, P. (2017). Financial socialization for Black emerging adults: A story of empowerment and disenfranchisement. In E. Buhs (Chair), Adolescent and Early Adulthood: Effects on Adult Adjustment. American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting; Washington, D.C. (April 27-May 1).
  • Jackson, K. M. (2017). Statistics for public policy: Reflecting on change in the last 50 years. American Statistical Association’s Conference on Statistical Practice; Jacksonville, FL. (February 23-27).
  • Suizzo, M.-A., Jackson, K. M., Pahlke, E., McClain, S., Marroquin, Y., Blondeau, L. and Hong, K. (2016). Parents’ school satisfaction and academic socialization predict adolescents’ autonomous motivation: A mixed-method study of low-income ethnic minority families. Journal of Adolescent Research, 31(3): 343-371.
  • Awad, G. & Jackson, K. (2016). The measurement of color-blind racial ideology. In Neville, H., Gallardo, M., & Sue, D. (Eds.) The myth of racial color blindness: Manifestations, dynamics, and impact, (pp. 141-156). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
  • Jackson, K. M. (2016). Mixing in Maps: Finding a Place for Geographic Information Systems in Mixed Methods Education Research. In C. McKim (Chair), Data Analysis Issues in Mixed Methods Research. American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting; Washington, D.C. (April 8-12).
  • Jackson, K. M. & Suizzo, M.-A. (2015). Sparking an interest: A qualitative study of Latina science identity development. Journal of Latina/o Psychology, 3(2): 103-120.
  • Jackson, K. M. & Suizzo, M.-A. (2012). Predictors of investigative occupational goals: The importance of teachers. Society for Adolescent Research Biennial Meeting; Vancouver, BC, Canada. (March 8-10).
  • 2017-present, Soka University of America  
  • 2015-2017 Research Associate, Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis (IUPRA),
  • College of Liberal Arts, The University of Texas at Austin
  • 2014-2015 Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute for Urban Policy Research and Development (IUPRA,)College of Liberal Arts, The University of Texas at Austin
  • 2013-2014 Adjunct Professor, St. Edward's University, Austin, Texas