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Kathleen Camara, Ph.D., is an associate professor of in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development at Tufts University.  She is also a faculty member of the Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service, a faculty member in Peace and Justice Studies, and an affiliated faculty member in the department of music in the School of Arts and Sciences. She serves as the Principal Investigator and Director of YouthBEAT Research and Evaluation Project, studying the impact of music participation on youth development, and she serves as the coordinator of the arts and child development graduate degree program. Her research and publications focus on family influences on children’s development and on the role of the arts on children’s development.

Dr. Camara can speak about:

  • Arts, music and drama education and its impact on youth development in formal and informal settings
  • Arts and social justice
  • Cultural identity and resilience among youths in underserved communities
  • Development of arts programming to support positive development
  • Family influences on children’s learning and social development
  • Quantitative and qualitative methods of research and mixed methods designs
  • Program evaluation designs and methods in the arts and social sciences