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Kim Lawless

Dr. Kimberly Lawless

Dean, College of Education

Phone: 814-865-3798

275 Chambers Building
University Park, PA 16802


  • Dean's Office
  • Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education



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.


Lawless' research, which garnered more than $30 million in grants and contracts during her time at UIC, focuses on the meaningful integration of educational technology [video], emphasizing seventh- and eighth-grade students’ STEM and writing skills development.


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).

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