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 graduate-level courses in Education Research, Data Analysis, Child and Adolescent Development, and Motivation to Achieve. Additionally, she serves as the Coordinator for the MAE Practicum Research, in which she mentors graduate students as they work on their action-research projects. She also teaches an undergraduate course in Human Growth and Development.
Broadly, Dr. Williams’ research interests address the social and emotional development of adolescents, including issues related to college preparedness and transitions, identity development, and perfectionism. Her work has been presented at several regional, national, and international conferences and has been published in peer-reviewed journals. In 2008, she was awarded the Association for Institutional Research Dissertation Fellowship as well as the Charles I. Brown Award for Most Outstanding Dissertation Proposal. Additionally, she was selected as a fellow to attend the National Summer Data Policy Institute, sponsored by the National Center for Education Statistics and the National Science Foundation. Dr. Williams has served as a reviewer for The Teacher Educator and The High School Journal and is a member of several professional organizations, including the Association for the Advancement of Educational Research, the Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood, and the Educational Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association.