Catherine King

Associate Professor of Psychology, Elon University


Catherine “Katie” King came to UCSD in 1977 as an undergraduate. After graduating with a degree in psychology, she came to work at LCHC in 1981, working closely with Peg Griffin, Michael Cole, Dennis Newman and many others working on after school activities as contexts for research on computer mediated learning and reading comprehension. She continued her work with LCHC while earning a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from UCSD in 1988. Taking a job at the University of New Orleans, Katie established an after school program in inner city New Orleans. Moving to Elon University in 1993, Katie continued her affiliation with LCHC for many years.

At Elon University, Katie teaches in the psychology department, mentoring undergraduate research students in studies related to the transition to adulthood in cultural context. She also teaches research methods and educational psychology in Elon’s M.Ed. program, where she mentors teachers conducting research in their classrooms.

Publications resulting from her LCHC years include:

  • Shustack, M.W., King, C. Gallego, M., & Vasquez, O. (May, 1994). A computer-oriented afterschool activity: The Fifth Dimension/La Clase Magica. In F.A. Vallarruel & R.M. Lerner (Eds.) Environments for socialization and learning (New Directions for Child Development). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
  • Griffin, P., Cole, M., Diaz, S., & King, C. (1989). Socialno-istoricheskii Podhod V Psychologii Obuchenia (Sociohistorical view on the psychology of learning). Boris Velichovsky., trans. Moscow: Pedagogika.
  • The Laboratory of Comparative Human Cognition. (Winter, 1988). Computer Networking for Child Development. Society for Research in Child Development Newsletter.
  • Griffin, P., Cole, M. Diaz, S., & King, C. (1987). A re-mediation approach to learning disabilities. Moscow: Moscow University Press.
  • Cole, M., Griffin, P. & The Laboratory of Comparative Human Cognition. (1987). Contextual Factors in Education: Improving Science and Mathematics Education for Minorities and Women. Prepared for the Committee on Research in Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education, Commission on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, National Research Council. Madison, WI: Wisconsin Center for Educational Research.
  • The Laboratory of Comparative Human Cognition. (1986). Contributions of Cross-Cultural Research to Educational Practice. American Psychologist, 41, 10, 1049-1058.

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