David R. Hayworth College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Kirsten Li-Barber

Kirsten Li-Barber



Associate Professor of Psychology

(336) 841-4620

223 School of 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

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

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.


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