- Ph.D., University of Maryland, Human Development
- M.A., Louisiana State University, Developmental Psychology
- B.A., Clemson University, Psychology
I have taught in the Psychology department of Ithaca College since 2005. Previously, I worked as a Research Associate for Casey Family Programs in Seattle, and as a Research Associate for the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Study of Early Childcare at the University of Washington.
My current research involves the application of psychology, including Community-Based Social Marketing approaches, to understanding and promoting the antecedents of sustainable behavior choices. I have a 3-year contract with NYSERDA to study the effects of social marketing techniques in the private home retrofit sector for promoting homeowner energy conservation behaviors. I am also engaged in a collaborative intervention research project focused on promoting healthy, sustainable food systems and behaviors on campus.
In my teaching, I emphasize the relevance of psychology to the lives of students, encouraging them to become critical, “systems” thinkers and self-aware, caring citizens. I integrate issues of sustainability in my teaching, challenging students to consider what motivates conservation behavior, how the natural world impacts well-being, and the impact of vocational and lifestyle choices on the community and environment.
- Healthy Psyches, Healthy Planet (Ithaca Seminar)
- Conservation Psychology
- General Psychology
- Introduction to Developmental Psychology
Lapp, J. & Caldwell, K. (2012). Using food ethnographies to promote systems thinking and intergenerational engagement among college undergraduates. Journal of Food, Culture, and Society, 15, 491-509.
Krout, J. A., Bergman, E., Bianconi, P., Caldwell, K. , Dorsey, J., Durnford, S., Erikson, M.A., Lapp, J., Monroe, J. E., Pogorzala, C., Taves, J.V. (2010). Intergenerational Service-Learning with Elders: Multidisciplinary Activities and Outcomes. Gerontology & Geriatrics Education, 31, 55-74.
Wentzel, K. R., Barry, C. M., & Caldwell, K. A. (2004). Friendships in middle school: Influences on motivation and school adjustment. Journal of Educational Psychology, 96, 195-203.
Downs, C. & Caldwell, K. (2003). Foster care, adolescence. In T. P. Gullotta & M. Bloom (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Primary Prevention and Health Promotion (pp. 498-503). New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum.
Kelly, J. F., Buehlman, K., & Caldwell, K. (2000). Training personnel to promote quality parent-child interaction in families who are homeless. Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, 20, 174-185.
Wentzel, K. R. & Caldwell, K. (1997). Friendships, peer acceptance, and network membership: Relations to achievement in middle school. Child Development, 68, 1198-1209