Professor Pamela Davis-Kean

Pamela Davis-Kean is a Professor of Psychology and Associate Director of the Michigan Institute for Data Science at the University of Michigan, USA.

She received her PhD from Vanderbilt University in 1996, and was hired to the University of Michigan the same year, and became a Professor of Psychology in 2015. Dr. Davis-Kean’s research focuses on the various pathways that the socio-economic status (SES) of parents relates to the cognitive/achievement outcomes (particularly mathematics) of their children. Her primary focus is on parental educational attainment and how it can influence the development of the home environment throughout childhood, adolescence, and the transition to adulthood.

Davis-Kean is also a Research Professor at the Institute for Social Research where she is the Founding Director of the Population, Neurodevelopment, and Genetics (PNG) program. This collaboration examines the complex transactions of the brain, biology, and behavior as children and families develop across time and is representative of the population.

She has expertise in quantitative methods, data science, the use of secondary data for longitudinal analyses, and open science practices. Her current research is converging methods in social science and computer science to examine the flow and use of parenting information on social media platforms.