- Ph.D. in human development/educational studies, University of Delaware
- B.A. in psychology, Penn State University
My research team and I are engaged in three lines of research, each broadly dealing with college students and motivation. One project aims to understand the match between pre-service teachers’ implicit theories of intelligence and the instructional practices that they endorse.
Another project focuses on first generation college students and how they decided to attend college, while the third involves interviewed successful prehealth science students to determine factors that influence student success in college.
Dr. Kathleen M. Cauley came to VCU in 1985. She currently serves as an associate professor in the educational psychology track of the Ph.D. in education and as interim director of graduate studies.
Cauley has taught a range of courses, including EDUS 301 Human Development and Learning for pre-service teachers, EDUS 620 Human Development and Education and EDUS 720 Seminar in Cognition and School Learning for doctoral students. She welcomes working with doctoral students on projects related to pre-service teaching and college student success, and looks forward to working with all graduate students in her new role as interim director of graduate studies.