Dr. Kimberly Lawless is a Professor of Education (EDPSY) and Dean of the College of Education at Penn State. She earned her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology at the University of Connecticut in 1996, her M.A. in Educational Psychology from the University of Connecticut in 1994, and her B.A. in Psychology from Boston College in 1991. She joined the College after a 20-year career at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). She most recently held the Associate Dean for a research position in that institution’s College of Education.
She has been recognized throughout her career with several honors and awards, including the 2018 Distinguished Researcher in the Social Sciences from the University of Illinois at Chicago; and the 2016 Best Paper Award from the Cognition and Engaged Learning in the Digital Age Conference (CELDA).