Kathleen McCartney

P-12, Higher Ed

  • Early childhood and preschool
  • Gender
  • Poverty

Kathleen McCartney is the 11th president of Smith College, a position she assumed in July 2013. A graduate of Tufts University, she earned master’s and doctoral degrees in psychology from Yale University. McCartney was previously dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her research has focused on childcare and early childhood experience, education policy, parenting, poverty, and behavior genetics. She has authored some 150 articles and book chapters and was a principal researcher for a 20-year study of the effects of child care on child development. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Education, the American Educational Research Association, the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Society. She was the recipient in 2009 of the Distinguished Contribution Award from the Society for Research in Child Development. In 2011 the Boston Globe named her one of the 30 most innovative people in Massachusetts, and in 2013, she received the Harvard College Women’s Professional Achievement Award.