Kathleen Cranley Gallagher is an Assistant Professor in the School of Education's Early Childhood, Families, and Literacy program. Dr. Gallagher studies children's relationships and developmental competence in contexts of families, peers, and early education. She examines how children's characteristics contribute to and draw interactions with adults and peers in different contexts, and how these ongoing processes influence the child's developing social-emotional, academic, and psychological competence. As an investigator with the Targeted Reading Intervention: A Rural Early Literacy Initiativeof the National Research Center on Rural Educational Support, Dr. Gallagher is examining the role of teacher-child relationships in early schooling, with the improvement of literacy and social skills for struggling learners as its focus. Dr. Gallagher is also currently leading a study of preschool teacher-child relationships, literacy and social-emotional development in the context of a 1:1 story-reading intervention.
Previous to researching children's social and literacy development, Dr. Gallagher worked with children, families, and teachers for over fifteen years. Her professional experience includes teaching and administering in early intervention, preschool, and kindergarten programs. She taught in a rural summer literacy program, preparing children for kindergarten and first grade, and conducted teacher professional development seminars.