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Katharine Kersey

  • Katharine Kersey
  • Professor
  • Teaching & Learning
  • 100 Lions Child Study Ctr
  • Norfolk, VA 23529
  • 757-683-4126
  • kkersey@odu.edu
  • Dr. Kersey is University Professor of Early Childhood Education and founder and Director Emeritus of the Child Development/Child Study Centers at Old Dominion University. She served as Chairperson of the Department of Early Childhood, Speech Pathology and Special Education for twenty-two years and is the recipient of many awards. Some of them include Outstanding Alumni of Westhampton College, Outstanding Professional Woman of Hampton Roads, the Old Dominion University Tonelson Award for outstanding teaching and the SCHEV (State Council of Higher Education of Virginia) award for outstanding faculty. She has authored three books - The Art of Sensitive Parenting, Helping Your Child Handle Stress, and Don’t Take It Out On Your Kids, and co-authored a fourth book, The First Year Teacher, published by the National Education Association. More recently, she has produced two award winning DVDs entitled “The 101s: A Guide to Positive Discipline,” one filmed in her center at ODU and the other filmed in a Title 1 public school in Newport News. Her fourth book, which she co-authored with Marie Masterson, was published in August 2012 by Pearson Publishers, entitled 101 Principles for Positive Guidance with Young Children. Dr. Kersey wrote a weekly column entitled Raising Children, and Parents, Too, which appeared for twelve years in The Virginian-Pilot Ledger Star, The Roanoke Times, and other syndicated newspapers. She is frequently called upon by local television stations, newspapers and other popular media to discuss family, parent and child related issues. She has appeared on several national talk shows, including Oprah, CNN with the Dolans, The Les Brown Show, and Sonya Live. Dr. Kersey is married to Dr. Wilbur Kersey and they have three grown children: Dr. Barbara Kersey, a family therapist, two sons, David and Marc, both engineers in the construction business, and four grandchildren. Dr. Kersey has dedicated her personal and professional life to the needs and concerns of families in today’s world, with the hope that some day the world will be a safer and better place for children.
  • Education

    University Of Virginia, 1973
    Major: Early Childhood Education
    Degree: Ed.D.
    Old Dominion University, 1969
    Major: Early Childhood Education
    Degree: M.S.Ed.
    Westhampton College, University of Richmond, 1956
    Major: Sociology
    Degree: B.A.
  • Research Interests

    Techniques of Child Management 101s: A Guide to Positive Discipline Resilience in Children Parenting Issues How to Be An Effective Parent
  • Expertise

    Child Development
    Parenting / Discipline Techniques / Children and Stress / Communication with Children / Children and Divorce / Children and Mental Health h
    Education
    Parenting / Discipline Techniques / Children and Stress / Communication with Children / Children and Divorce / Children and Mental Health h
    Education
    Parenting / Discipline Techniques / Children and Stress / Communication with Children / Children and Divorce / Children and Mental Health h
  • 2011: Safe Harbor Anchor Award, Children's Harbor
  • 2009: Katharine C. Kersey Director's Suite, Old Dominion University
  • 2009: Director Emeritus of Child Study Center, Darden College of Education
  • 2007: University Outstanding Service Award, ODU Alumni Association
  • 2005: SCHEV Award Winner, Virginia State Council of Higher Education
  • 2004: Council of Higher Education Outstanding Faculty Award Nominee, Old Dominion University
  • 2000: Council of Higher Education Outstanding Faculty Award Nominee, Old Dominion University
  • 1998: Outstanding Service to Young Children in Virginia Award, Virginia Association for Early Childhood Association
  • 1998: University Professor Designation, Old Dominion University
  • 1997: Invited Guest Speaker , Million Dollar Roundtable
  • 1997: Outstanding Woman of Hampton Roads, Folio Magazine
  • 1994: Scholar Award for Research Productivity, Darden College of Education, Old Domion University
  • 1992: Outstanding Woman of Hampton Roads, Folio Magazaine
  • 1992: Scholar Award for Research Productivity, Darden College of Education, Old Domion University
  • 1991: Outstanding Professional Woman Award, Business Community of Hampton Roads
  • 1990: Council of Higher Education Outstanding Faculty Award Nominee, Old Dominion University
  • 1989: Council of Higher Education Outstanding Faculty Award Nominee, Old Dominion University
  • 1987: Distinguished Service Alumni Award, University of Richmond
  • 1984: Alan Rufus Tonelson Distinguished Faculty Award, Old Dominion University
  • 1983: Distinguished Alumna Award, Westhampton College
  • Contracts, Grants and Sponsored Research