Director of Research
Specialty: Educational Psychology, Research
Office: Curriculum Lab (McInnis 301)
Dr. Kathy-ann Hernandez, associate professor of education at Eastern University, has several years of experience teaching diverse student populations at all levels. She has taught in her native country of Trinidad and Tobago, the British Virgin Islands, and for the Russell-Conwell Center at Temple University. She is also an educational researcher, having worked at Temple University as a Research Assistant/Associate for the College of Education and the Center for Research in Human Development and Education (CRHDE).
Kathy-ann has also participated in several professional conferences. In 2002, she collaborated with colleagues to create a research proposal and conduct a symposium on Achieving African American Male Success at Temple University. In 2003, she was a Temple University team member presenting on The Philadelphia Experiment: State Takeover and Privatization of Urban Public Schools at the American Educational Research Association Annual Conference.
Dr. Hernandez earned her B.A. in English and M.A. in Educational Administration and Supervision from Andrews University, and her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Temple University. Her doctoral dissertation, Motivation in Context, was nominated for a 2005 Outstanding Dissertation Award from the American Educational Research Association.
During her time at Temple University, Dr. Hernandez collaborated to conceptualize, secure funding, implement, manage and evaluate three university-community partnership programs: --the Community Technology Center, The Bill Cosby Academic Posse Program, and the Temple University After-school Program. She has also co-authored a manual entitled Ready to Teach: A Practical Guide for a Successful First Year. In recognition of her work, she was awarded the Marlene Smigel Korn Humanitarian Award 2003-2004 for excellent contribution in teaching, scholarship and/or service.
At Eastern University, Dr. Hernandez coordinates the Master/thesis projects for the education department and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in educational and developmental psychology, research methods, and statistics. Her research interests include the role of race/ethnicity and gender in education, academic engagement and achievement motivation, and the social context of education.