Mary Margaret Kerr
University of Pittsburgh
5911 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
230 South Bouquet Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Faculty - Department Chairperson
Recent and Upcoming Courses
Friend of the University Library System
Awarded in recognition of ongoing support of the library system.
Council of Graduate Students in Education (CGSE) Extra Mile Award
For service on behalf of graduate students in the School of Education.
Children's Festival Chorus of Pittsburgh Susan Loutsion Volunteerism Award
Awarded to a volunteer who has made a longstanding contribution to the organization.
Kerr, M. M. (2014) Invited Keynote Address: Advice to the Next Generation: Not Quite Sure Where You’re Going? Then Don’t Lose the Compass
Recollecting the lessons a long career has unearthed, this keynote address offers a personal perspective on the road our field has constructed, on detours our generation has been unable to avoid, and on destinations envisioned for those who will come intgo the field.
Valenti, M. , Brown, E. L., Kerr, M. M. , Scanlon, C. (2014) New Directions for Supporting Teachers’ Mental Health: The Intersection of Emotional Labor and Therapeutic Alliance
Research discloses that teachers’ emotional support is the best predictor of academic, social, and behavioral outcomes for students. Recent inquiries into the emotive work of teaching unpack the role of teachers’ emotional labor on their therapeutic alliances with students with emotional and behavioral disabilities (EBD). This presentation highlights findings from a mixed method, longitudinal study concerning how teachers’ emotional labor influences their ability to forge healthy therapeutic alliances with their students. Implications for policy and practice are discussed.
Horner, C. G., Brown, E. L., Kerr, M. M., & Scanlon, C. L. (2014, April). Teachers’ selection of emotional acting strategies in pursuit of classroom goals. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association. Philadelphia, PA.
Kerr, M. M. (February 28, 2014). Suicide prevention in schools: Understanding the research and implementing best practices (Invited keynote address). Statewide Youth Protection/Suicide Prevention Conference. Salt Lake City, UT
Kerr, M. M. & Valenti, M. W. (2013, October). Suicide Prevention In Schools: Understanding the Research and Implementing Best Practices. Advances in School Mental Health National Conference, Arlington, VA.
2013 - 2014
We are conducting research on the experiences of children who visit and correspond with the Flight 93 memorial site. The goal of our work is to support the National Park Services in its development of programming for young visitors. Research began in the Spring on 2012 and continues. The Junior Ranger Program was launched this year, and a publication about it will appear in the July 2014 Legacy Magazine (National Association of Interpretation).
Emotional Labor of Teachers Research Project
2013 - 2014
A collaborative research project with George Mason University, this project gathers quantitative and qualitative evidence regarding teachers' emotional practice, using the theoretical constructs of emotional labor. We are exploring the work teachers to do manage the expression of their emotions while at work, through individual interviews and a new self-report measure, The Emotional Labor of Teaching Scale (TELTS). Research began in the spring of 2011 and continues.
Building Emotional Supports: How Teachers' Emotional Labor Informs Therapeutic Alliances for Youth with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders
Brown, E.L., Valenti, M.,& Kerr, M.M. (in press). Building Building emotional supports: How teachers' emotional labor informs therapeutic alliances for youth with emotional and behavioral disorders. Report on Emotional & Behavioral Disorders in Youth.
Interpreting the Flight 93 Crash for Children: A Collaborative Evaluation Project
Kerr,M.M., Shaffer, A., Hartman, M. (2104) Interpreting the Flight 93 crash for children: A collaborative evaluation project. Legacy: The Magazine of the National Association for Interpretation, July/August, 2014
Addressing Individual Perspectives in the Development of Schoolwide Rules: A Data-informed Process
Valenti, M. W. & Kerr, M.M.(in press). Addressing individual perspectives in the development of schoolwide rules: A data-informed process. Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions.
Evidence informed suicide prevention in schools
Valenti, M.W., Kerr, M.M., & King, G. (in press). Evidence informed suicide prevention in schools, 8th Edition. In C. Massat, R. Constable,& M. Kelly (Eds.). School Social Work. Chicago: Lyceum Books.
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