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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 access to healthy development in low income, ethnically and racially minoritized populations, as well as social justice initiatives and policies that support this goal. Currently, my research centers around the transmission of extra-familial stress to intra-familial 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
The Price-Coker Excellence in Research Award Department of Human Development and Family Science 2021
Endsley-Peifer Student Research Award College of Family and Consumer Sciences, University of Georgia 2021
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


2020-2021: 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

Dr. Steven Kogan

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 Black/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, mental health, and well-being for these youth. 

Job Description

In my role as data manager for the Social Determinants of Child Development (SDCD) Lab, I manage and clean raw data sets for the Dallas Project on Education Pathways (DPREP; an 8-wave longitudinal study), calculate scale scores for measures, mentor research assistants on data analysis, create data sets for team members seeking to conduct analyses, and multiply impute missing estimates (by chained equations; MICE) using the PCAux package in R.

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. [Impact factor – 2.147]

Osborne, K. R., Duprey, E. B., Caughy, M. O., & Oshri, A. (2021). Parents’ maltreatment histories, dimensions of emotion regulation, and connections to offspring self-regulation: A sex-specific transmission pathway. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10862-021-09881-4. [Impact factor – 2.056]

Contreras, M. M., Osborne, K. R., Anderson, L. A., Walsdorf, A. A. Owen, M. T, & Caughy, M. O. (in press). Holding both truths: Early dynamics of ethnic-racial socialization and children’s behavioral adjustment in African American and Latinx families. Journal of Social Issues. [Impact factor – 3.424]

Working Papers

Refereed Journal Articles (under review/revision)

Osborne, K. R., Smith-Bynum, M., Walsdorf, A. A., Anderson, L. A., & Caughy, M. O. (revise and resubmit). Preparing Black and Latinx children for police encounters: Observing ethnic-racial socialization in action and the fit between caregiver response profiles and child self-regulation. Journal of Research on Adolescence.

Osborne, K. R., Walsdorf, A. A., Anderson, L. A., Smith-Bynum, M., Owen, M. T., & Caughy, M. O. (revise and resubmit). Responding to racism at school: Ethnic-racial socialization and the academic engagement of Black and Latinx youth. Child Development.

Karlsen, A. S. & Osborne, K. R. (revise and resubmit). Getting away with murder: A critical content analysis of a true-crime documentary series. Critical Studies in Media Communications.

Curtis, M. G., Boe, J. L., King, V. E., & Osborne, K. R. (revise and resubmit). Quantitative criticalism: Guidelines for conducting transformative quantitative family science research. Journal of Marriage and Family.

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

Manuscripts in Preparation (analyses completed)

Osborne, K. R., Morton, L. M., Anderson, L. A., Owen, M. T., & Caughy, M. O. (in preparation). A mixed methods analysis of Black families’ experiences of the sociopolitical climate.

Walsdorf, A. A., Osborne, K. R., Caughy, M. O., & Valdez, C. R. (in preparation). Associations between sociopolitical climate, ethnic-racial socialization, and Latinx child depression.

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.

Caughy, M. O., Little, T., Kim, Y., Yu, D., & Osborne, K. R. (in preparation). Modeling trajectories of self-regulation from early to middle-childhood: Methodological innovations and individual differences.

Trejo, A. N., La Barrie, D. L., Gallegos, D., Walsdorf, A. A., Osborne, K. R., Owen, M. T., & Caughy, M. O. (in preparation). Latinx family experiences in the current political climate: A mixed methods analysis.

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