My research is grounded in developmental and ecological theories and seeks to understand connections among parent factors (e.g., involvement, relationship quality), classroom context (e.g., student-teacher relationship quality, classroom/school climate), and adolescents' academic success. My research aims to understand how parent and classroom factors uniquely and jointly contribute to students’ academic motivation, engagement, and achievement from early adolescence to emerging adulthood. I am also interested in how parent involvement changes, in terms of level and type, across this same developmental period and factors that influence the change in parent involvement. Currently, I am focused on examining the contribution of parent involvement to freshmen college students’ academic success and overall adjustment across the first year in college.
I am currently working with Dr. Aryn Dotterer as Co-Investigator on the Purdue Freshmen in Transition (FIT) Project.
- Dotterer, A. M., & Lowe, K. (2011). Classroom context, engagement, and academic achievement in early adolescence. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 40, 1649-1660. doi: 10.1007/s10964-011-9647-5
- Dotterer, A. M., Lowe, K., & McHale, S. M. (2013). Academic growth trajectories and family relationships among African American youth. Journal for Research on Adolescence. doi: 10.1111/jora.12080
- Lowe, K., & Dotterer, A. M. (2013). Parental monitoring, parental warmth, and minority youths' academic outcomes: Exploring the integrative model of parenting. Journal of Youth and Adolescence. doi: 10.1007/s10964-013-9934-4
- Mathews, S. R., & Lowe, K. (2011). Classroom practices that foster a disposition for critical thinking. Learning Environments Research, 14, 59-73. doi: 10.1007/s10984-011-9082-2
- Dotterer, A. M., & Lowe, K. (under review). Discrimination, parenting, and academic adjustment among Racial/Ethnic Minority adolescents: Exploring direct and indirect pathways.
- Lowe, K., & Dotterer, A. M., & Francisco, J. (under review). “If I pay, I have a say!” Parental payment of college education as a predictor of freshmen’s reports of helicopter parenting.
- Lowe, K., Dotterer, A. M., & Christ, S. (November, 2014). Operationalizing parent involvement in college: A confirmatory factor analysis. Poster to be presented at the annual meeting of the National Council on Family Relations, Baltimore, MD.
- Lowe, K., & Dotterer, A. M. (April, 2014). To help or not to help: When does parental assistance with homework matter? Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence, Austin, TX.
- Dotterer, A. M., & Lowe, K. (April, 2013). Racial discrimination and adolescent academic engagement: Exploring direct and indirect pathways. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Seattle, WA.
- Lowe, K., Dotterer, A. M., & Wehrspann, E. (April, 2013). Links between parenting practices and minority youth’s academic functioning. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Seattle, WA.
- Lowe, K., Dotterer, A. M., & Francisco, J. (November, 2011). Parental involvement during the transition to college. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the National Council on Family Relations, Orlando, FL.
- Mathews, S. R., & Lowe, K. (September, 2011). Developmental and educational factors in enhancing a disposition for critical thinking. Paper presented at the biennial conference of the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction, Exeter, United Kingdom.
- Dotterer, A. M., & Lowe, K. (April, 2011). Relationships with parents and academic trajectories among African American adolescents. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Montreal, Canada.
- Lowe, K. (April, 2010). Critical thinking dispositions and myside bias among college students: A cross-sectional study. Poster presented at the Conference on Human Development, New York City, NY.
- Mathews, S. R., & Lowe, K. (February, 2009). Creating classroom environments to foster dispositions for critical thinking. Conversation Hour, Southeastern Psychological Association Conference, New Orleans, LA.
- PhD, Human Development and Family Studies, Purdue University, Expected May 2015.
Dissertation Title: Parental involvement during the college transition: Trajectories and associations with academic success, well-being, and individuation.
- MA, General Psychology, University of West Florida, May 2010.
Thesis Title: Critical thinking dispositions and myside bias among college students: A cross-sectional study.
- BA, Psychology, University of West Florida, May 2007.
Honors Thesis Title: Intergenerational transmission of discipline styles: A retrospective study.
- HDFS 313: Adolescent Development
- HDFS 617: Advanced Research Methods in Child and Family Study
- 2014: Bilsland Dissertation Fellowship, College of Health and Human Sciences, Purdue University
- 2013-2014: Human Development and Family Studies Graduate Student Teaching Award, Purdue University
- 2012: Ruth Hathaway Jewson Dissertation Award through the National Council on Family Relations
- 2012: Van Scoyoc Fellowship, Center for Families, Purdue University
- 2012: Graduate Student Travel Award, Purdue Graduate Student Government
- 2014-2015: Co-Investigator (Travis Dorsch, Principal Investigator; Katie Lowe, Co- Investigator; Aryn M. Dotterer, Co-Investigator). Parent Involvement in Young Adults' Intercollegiate Athletic Careers. 2014 National Collegiate Athletic Association Innovations in Research and Practice Grant - $10,000
Working out, teaching Pilates, and playing the flute
"Be the change that you want to see in the world." -Mohandas Gandhi
Advisor: Dr. Aryn Dotterer