Dr. Kathleen Brophy
Family Relations & Applied Nutrition, MINS Rm:237
Dr. Brophy’s background in early education and care and in evaluation research has focused her research interests on at risk children and their families and the provision of quality programs. These research interests have led her to be involved for the past 18 years in a community based prevention project for at-risk children and families. Through the Better Beginnings Better Futures provincial research initiative, Dr. Brophy has completed evaluation research on community based prevention strategies that support young children and their families.
In addition, she has also conducted research on quality inclusive practice for children with special needs in child care and, with her colleagues Drs. Donna Lero and Sharon Hope- Irwin, written and spoken about factors that support and impede the ability of early education and care programs to support children with special needs and their families.
Most recently she has been a team member of the Reaching In Reaching Out research project developing models for training early childhood educators and young children in resilient thinking skills. She is currently piloting a program for parents and training them in these same resiliency skills.
Throughout her academic career, Dr. Brophy has taught applied courses within the Department including undergraduate practicum, program design for children and a senior seminar on early education and care. At the graduate level she has taught a course on program evaluation.