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Faculty Webpage: Dr. Kirsten Li-Barber

 

Assistant Professor of Psychology
(336) 841-4620
klibarbe@highpoint.edu

 

Education:

Ph.D.   2008   University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Developmental Psychology

(With minor studies in Psychopathalogy, Quantitative Methods,

and Educational Psychology)

M.S.    2006   University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Developmental Psychology

B.A.     2003    Hanover College

Psychology

 

Research Interests:

Social Development in Children with Developmental Disabilities: Research has indicated that children and adolescents with developmental delay experience difficulties in their social interactions with others, particularly in the area of making and maintaining friendships. My research is aimed at understanding how aspects of the individual (intelligence, type of disability, language abilities) influence their acceptance by peers.

 

Parental Management Behaviors and Social Development in Children: Parents are important players in the social development of their children, but how exactly do parents help their children make and maintain friendships with peers? My research is geared towards understanding how parents’ monitoring behavior and involvement in organizing play dates for their child is related to their child’s social success with peers.

 

Examination of Parent-Adolescent Relationships and the Transition to College: I am interested in understanding how the relationship between parents and their adolescent children impact how successfully the adolescent transitions to a college atmosphere. Some specific elements that I am interested in exploring is the quality of the parent-adolescent relationship, the influence of the parent-adolescent stress, perceived social support, and overall academic success.

 

Awards/Recognitions:

Graduate School Travel Award (2007)

Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research (2004-2005)

APA Student Travel Award (2004)

Chancellor Fellowship (2003-2005)

 

Publications:

Klein-Tasman, B. P., Lira, E., Li-Barbe, K. T., Gallo, F. J. (under review). Problem behavior in children with Williams syndrome across settings: Parent and teacher profiles.

 

Special, W.*, Li-Barber, K.T. (2012).  Self-Disclosure and Student Levels of Satisfaction with Facebook. Computers in Human Behavior, 28, 624-630

 

Klein-Tasman, B.P., Li-Barber, K.T., Magargee, E.T. (2011). Honing in on the social phenotype in Williams syndrome using multiple measures and multiple raters. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disabilities, 41(3), 341-351.

 

Presentations:

Li-Barber, K. T., Klein-Tasman, B. P. (2013). Parents and Teacher Perspectives on Domains of Social Skills: Areas of Difficulty and Importance. Poster presented at Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Seattle, WA.

 

Chrysson, N. M.*, & Li-Barber, K. T. (2012). Impact of Parental Control on Risk-Taking and Perceived Autonomy in Undergraduate Students. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association Research Conference in Orlando, FL.

 

Klein-Tasman, B. P., Lira, E., & Li-Barber, K.T. (2011). Problem behavior in children with Williams syndrome: Parent and teacher ratings. Poster presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

 

 

Lowry, A.*, Li-Barber, K.T. (2010). Staying Friends Forever: Technology’s Effect on Friendship. Conference talk presented at the Southwestern Psychological Association Conference in Dallas, TX.

 

Li-Barber, K.T., Klein-Tasman, B.P. (2008). Social Profile of Children and Adolescents with Williams Syndrome. Poster presented to the Society for Research in Child Development for the Biennial SCRD Conference in Denver, CO.

 

Li-Barber, K.T., Fine, K.M., Helion, A.M., Anderson, E.N., Hammes, A.M., Reddy D.M. (2008). Mastery-Based Versus Conventional Instruction: A Comparison. Poster presented at the Association for Psychological Science, Chicago, IL.

 

Fine, K.M., Li-Barber, K.T., Reddy, D.M. (2008). The Effect of Removing Mastery Enhancements on Success of Passing Online Course. Poster presented at the Association for Psychological Science, Chicago, IL.

 

Ports, K.A., Li-Barber, K.T., Fine, K.M., Wendorf, A.M., Helion, A.M., Anderson, E.N., Fleming, R., Reddy, D.M. (2008). Increasing Student Success: Results From the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s U-Pace Initiative. Poster presented at the Association for Psychological Science, Chicago, IL.

 

Li-Barber, K.T., Seitenzhal, A., Klein-Tasman, B.P. (2008). Social Behavior Profile of Children and Adolescents with Williams Syndrome Using the Child Social Behavior Questionnaire. Poster presented at the Conference on Human Development, Indianapolis, IN.

 

Moua, M., Lynch, J., Li-Barber, K.T., Fee, L. (2007, March). Role of the Family Obligations in Immigrant Adolescent Development. Paper presented at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Education Research Conference, Milwaukee, WI.

 

McNeil, J.E., Li-Barber, K.T., Phillips, K.D., Klein-Tasman, B.P. (2007). Characteristics of friendships and the role of social skills in Williams syndrome. Poster presented at the Wisconsin Psychological Association, Middleton, WI.

 

Li-Barber, K.T., Raboin, T.R., McNeil, J.M., Klein-Tasman, B.P (2007). Relations between language and cognitive abilities and the use of gaze by young children with Williams syndrome. Poster presented at the Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting, Boston, MA.

 

Gaffrey, M.S., Gallo, F.J., Phillips, K.D., Wesley, N.M., Li-Barber, K.T., Klein-Tasman, B.P. (2007). Parental Ratings of Executive Behavior in Children with Williams syndrome: Developmental stability and change. Poster accepted for presentation at the 35th annual meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society, Portland, OR.

 

Phillips, K. D., Li, K. T., Gallo, F. G., Behagen, J., & Klein-Tasman, B. P. (2007, February). Performance of children and adolescents with Williams syndrome on the Social Responsiveness Scale. Poster accepted for presentation at the 35th annual meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society, Portland, OR.

 

Klein-Tasman, B.P., Gallo, F.J., Phillips, K.D., Li, K.T., Gaffrey, M.S., (2006) [abstract]. Differences Among Parent-Report Measures of Pervasive Developmental Problems in Very Young Children [Abstract]. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 12(S1), 71.

 

Li, K. & Klein-Tasman, B.P (2006, April). Look this way: An examination of gaze in Williams syndrome. Paper presented at the Association for Graduate Students in Psychology, Milwaukee, WI.

 

Gallo, F.J., Phillips, K.D., Li, K.T., Gaffrey, M.S., Klein-Tasman, B.P. (2006). Differences between parent-report measures of pervasive developmental problems in very young children. Poster presented at the International Neurological Society, Boston, MA.

 

Klein-Tasman, B.P., Li, K.T., Gallo, F.G. (2004). Behavior of Young Children with Williams Syndrome: Overlap with Pervasive Developmental Disorders [Abstract]. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 10(S1), 134-135.

 

Li, K., Arnold, K., Meyer, J., Rentmeester. A., & Klein-Tasman, B. P. (2004, April) Characteristics of gaze in children with Williams syndrome.  Paper presented at the Association for Graduate Students in Psychology, Milwaukee, WI.

 

Klein-Tasman, B.P.& Li, K. (2004, July) Characteristics of gaze in children with Williams syndrome.  Poster presented at the American Psychological Association, Honolulu, HI.

 

Li, K., Arnold, K., Meyer, J., Rentmeester. A., & Klein-Tasman, B. P. (2004, April) Characteristics of gaze in children with Williams syndrome.  Poster presented at the Wisconsin Psychological Association, Madison, WI.

 

Klein-Tasman, B. P., Li, K.T., & Gallo, F. J.  (2004, February) Behavior of young children with Williams syndrome: Overlap with PDD?  Poster presented at the annual meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society, Baltimore, MD.

 

*High Point University student

 

Courses Taught:
Introduction to Psychology
First Year Seminar: 13 Going on 30
Lifespan Development
Child Development
Social Development in Adolescence
Research Methods in Psychology
Advanced Research Methods in Psychology
Psychological Testing

 

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