Karen M. Hussar

Assistant Professor of Psychology
khussar@pmc.edu
617-731-7050

Education

  • Harvard University, Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA
  • Doctor of Education, Human Development and Psychology June 2007
    Thesis: “When Happy Meals Don’t Make Children Happy: Understanding Children’s Judgments about Meat-Eating”
  • Harvard University, Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA
    Master of Education, Human Development and Psychology: Quantitative Methodology in Developmental Research November 2006
  • Columbia University, Teachers College, New York, NY
    Master of Arts, Human Development, Sociology of Education May 2000
  • William Smith College, Geneva, NY
    Bachelor of Arts, Honors, magna cum laude June 1997
  • Phi Beta Kappa, inducted June 1997

Teaching Experience

  • Cape Cod Community College, West Barnstable, MA January 2014-present
    Instructor, Department of Social Sciences and Human Services
    Undergraduate Courses
    • General Psychology
    • Child Psychology
  • Fisher College, Boston, MA March 2012-present
    Adjunct Online Instructor, Division of Accelerated and Professional Studies
    Undergraduate Courses
    • Abnormal Psychology
    • Child Development
    • Psychology of Learning
    • Psychology of Personality
  • Dean College, Franklin, MA January 2014-present
    Adjunct Online Instructor, School of Continuing Studies
    Undergraduate Courses
    • General Psychology
    • Psychology of Success
  • Brown University, Providence, RI September 2011-June 2012
    Adjunct Instructor, Department of Education
    Graduate Course
    • The Psychology of Teaching & Learning
    • Undergraduate Course
    • History & Theories of Child Development
  • Bridgewater State College, Bridgewater, MA September 2008-June 2009
    Assistant Professor, Psychology Department
    Undergraduate Courses
    • Child Development
    • Introduction to Psychology
    • Psychology of Learning
    • Research Methods 

Teaching Experience (cont.)

  • Hobart & William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY January 2004-April 2008
    • Adjunct Instructor, Sociology Department
    • Undergraduate Course
    • Sociology of Communities 

  • Harvard University, Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA
    Adjunct Instructor, Department of Human Development & Psychology Sept 2006-January 2007
    Graduate Course
    • The Psychology of Early Childhood 
  • Teaching Fellow September 2004-June 2006
    Graduate Courses
    • Introduction to Educational Research
    • Intermediate Statistics: Applied Regression & Data Analysis
    • The Psychology of Early Childhood
    • Understanding Today’s Educational Testing

Research Experience

  • Achieve3000, Lakewood, NJ
    Director of Research & Effectiveness April 2012-present
    • Plan and conduct complex quantitative and qualitative statistical analyses evaluating the effectiveness of Achieve3000 software
    • Conduct research, including instrument design and data collection
    • Write technical reports that address a particular study’s rationale, research questions, evaluation design, methods, and evaluation findings
    • Write executive summaries for a practitioner audience and translate findings into suggestions for policy and practice
    • Assess and hire third party evaluators to conduct quasi-experimental design and randomized control trial studies evaluating the impact of Achieve3000 software
    • Interface with schools and districts to obtain student level data and produce efficacy reports specific to client needs
  • Brown University, The Education Alliance, Providence, RI
    Senior Research & Evaluation Associate October 2009-May 2012
    • Plan and conduct complex quantitative and qualitative statistical analyses
    • Write reports consistent with research questions and draft professional publications
    • Support development and planning of evaluation, research and development opportunities aligned with growth priorities of the organization
    • Assist in grant and proposal writing
    • Conduct research, data collection, and literature searches necessary to support proposal development
    • Develop and assist with project plans, timelines and activities congruent with evaluation/research designs
  • Harvard University, Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow September 2007-August 2008
    • Conducted mixed methods study with children between 6-12 years old to determine if they view meat-eating as a moral or personal choice
    • Analyzed quantitative component of interview using repeated-measures ANCOVA and generalized least-squares regression and multi-leveling modeling
    • Analyzed qualitative component of interview using code categories I created for dissertation research K.Hussar (page 3)

Grants & Fellowships

  • Animal Welfare Trust, Mamaroneck, NY
    • Post-Doctoral Internship Grant September 2007-August 2008
  • Harvard University, Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA
    • Research Apprentice, Spencer Research Training Grant Summer 2006-Spring 2007
    • Advanced Doctoral Grant Summer 2006
    • Dissertation Support Fund Summer 2006
    • Research Fellowship, Consortium for Policy Research in Education Fall 2004-Spring 2007

Publications & Conference Proceedings

  • Hussar, K.M. & Horvath, J. (2013). But you promised: Children's judgments of broken promises. Psychology, 4(12).
  • Hussar, K.M. & Horvath, J. (2011). Do children play fair with Mother Nature? Understanding children's judgments of environmentally harmful actions. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 31(4).
  • Sprague, K., Zaller, C., Kite, A., & Hussar, K. (April, 2011). Springfield-Chicopee School Districts Striving Readers (SR) Program Year 4 Report: Evaluation of Implementation and Impact. Grantee: Springfield and Chicopee, MA Public Schools. Submitted to the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Institute of Education Sciences. Providence, RI: The Education Alliance at Brown University.
  • Sprague, K., Kite, A., Zaller, C., Hussar, K., Cussler, S., Ford, F., and Haislet, C. (June, 2010). Springfield-Chicopee School Districts Striving Readers (SR) Program Year 3 Report: Evaluation of Implementation and Impact. Grantee: Springfield and Chicopee, MA Public Schools. Submitted to the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Institute of Education Sciences. Providence, RI: The Education Alliance at Brown University.
  • Hussar, K.M. & Harris, P.L. (2009). Children who choose not to eat meat: A study of early moral decision-making. Social Development, 19(3), 627-641.
  • Hussar, K., Schwartz, S., Boiselle, E., & Noam, G.G. (2008). Toward a systematic evidence-base for science in out-of-school time: The role of assessment. Palo Alto, CA: Noyce Foundation.
  • Hussar, K.M. (2007, March). When happy meals don’t make children happy: Understanding children’s judgments about eating meat. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Boston, MA.
  • Hussar, K.M. (2005, November). Research in moral education. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Moral Education Conference, Cambridge, MA.
  • Hussar, K.M. (2005, February). Learning, cognition and conceptual construction. Paper presented at the Annual Student Research Conference, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.
  • Hussar, K.M. (2004, February). Pathways to aggression in middle childhood: A longitudinal analysis. Paper presented at the annual Student Research Conference, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.