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Kimberly Osborne

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Human Development and Family Science

Graduate Research Assistant, SDCDL Lab Manager and Data Manager


Degree Field of Study Institution Graduation
Master of Science Human Development and Family Science University of Georgia 2019
Bachelor of Arts Psychology, with a Minor in Child Development and Family Sciences California State University, Long Beach 2016


My research interests broadly encompass promoting positive youth development in low income, ethnic-minority populations, as well as social justice iniatives and policies that support this goal. Currently, my research centers around the transmission of extra-familial stress to intrafmilial processes and the social determinants of child development. 


2019: Co-Instructor: HDFS 4910/6910 - Early and Middle Childhood, under the supervision of Dr. Caughy.


Award Name Awarded By Year Awarded
Emerging Leader in Policy Award College of Family and Consumer Sciences, University of Georgia 2019
Research Symposium Poster Session Award, First Place Department of Human Development and Family Sciences, University of Georgia 2018
Exceptional Student Achievement Award College of Liberal Arts, California State University, Long Beach 2016
Outstanding Senior in Psychology Award Department of Psychology, California State University, Long Beach 2015
Robert L. Solso Research Award Western Psychological Association 2015


2020-present: Child Development Advocate for the Strategic Action Team on Early Care and Learning within the local non-profit, Family Connecton-Communities in Schools

2019-present: Civil Rights Advocate and Social Media Team Lead for the Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement.

Advisory Committee

Dr. Margaret Caughy

Dr. Assaf Oshri

Dr. Emilie Smith

Areas of Expertise

Social determinants of child development, ethnic racial socialization, systemic racism, and emotion regulation.

Current Research

In collaboration with Dr. Margaret Caughy and the team for the Dallas Project on Education Pathways (formerly the Dallas Preschool Readiness Project; DPReP), I am examining youth development and parent-child relationships in 300+ low-income African American and Hispanic/Latinx families as the children transition to middle school. Through examination of the individual characteristics of the child, parenting behaviors, neighborhood and other contextual factors, the project seeks to understand factors that enhance the academic achievement and behavioral management for these youth. 

Job Description

In my role as lab manger for the Social Determinants of Child Development (SDCD) Lab, I manage lab tasks and goals, oversee undergraduate research assistants, and facilitate communication with the team at the University of Texas at Dallas - all in the service of maintaining and advancing the goals of the Dallas Project on Education Pathways (DPrEP). In my role as data manager, I manage and clean our raw data sets, calculate scale scores for various measures, track down data calculation issues, and create data sets for team members seeking to conduct analyses. 

Journal Articles

Osborne, K. R., Caughy, M. O., Oshri, A., Smith, E. P., & Owen, M. T. (2020). Racism and preparation for bias within African American families. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1037/cdp0000339

Working Papers

Contreras, M. M., Osborne, K. R., Anderson, L. A., Walsdorf, A. A. Owen, M. T, & Caughy, M. O. (conditional acceptance). Holding both truths: Early dynamics of ethnic-racial socialization and children’s behavioral adjustment in African American and Latinx families.

Osborne, K. R., Duprey, E., Caughy, M. O., & Oshri, A. (under review). Parental trauma history, dimensions of emotion regulation, and connections to offspring self-regulation: A sex-specific transmission pathway.

Karlsen, A. S. & Osborne, K. R. (under review). Getting away with murder: A critical content analysis of a true-crime documentary series.

Walsdorf, A. A., Caughy, M. O, Osborne, K. R., King, V. A., & Owen, M. T. (in preparation). Stressful life events and Latinx children’s internalizing and externalizing symptoms: The escalating effect of acculturation stress.

Morton, L., Anderson, L. A., Suma, K., Osborne, K. R., Walsdorf, A. A., & Caughy, M. O. (in preparation). The effects of neighborhood characteristics on ethnic identity development in Black American and Latine youth.

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