Carolyn Barber

barber_carolynAssociate Professor

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D. Human Development, Specialization in Educational Psychology, University of Maryland (2007).
  • M.A., Educational Measurement, Statistics, and Evaluation, University of Maryland (2006).

Research Interests

  • Dr. Barber’s research considers the potential of educational contexts, such as schools, to support positive youth development. Specific areas of interest include the development of civic and social justice attitudes and competencies in adolescents and young professionals, and social supports for the development of youth identified as gifted and/or talented. She has methodological interest and expertise in working with large-scale data sets in local, national, and international contexts.

Advising Interests

  • Identity development, supports for civic engagement (including social justice advocacy), career development in the transition from secondary to post-secondary education, ecological perspectives on development (e.g., as situated in families, peer groups and schools; and across cultural and national contexts), supports for positive development of gifted and talented youth and young adults.


  • Barber, C., Sweetwood, S.O., & King, M. (2015). Creating classroom-level measures of citizenship education climate. Learning Environments Research, 18, 197-216. doi: 10.1007/s10984-015-9180-7
  • Barber, C., Torney-Purta, J., Wilkenfeld, B., & Ross, J. (2015). Immigrant and native-born adolescents’ civic knowledge and attitudes in Sweden and the United States: Emergent citizenship in developmental niches. Research in Comparative and International Education, 10(1), 23-47. doi: 10.1177/1745499914567818
  • Barber, C., & Wasson, J. W. (2015). A comparison of adolescents’ friendship networks by advanced coursework participation status. Gifted Child Quarterly, 59(1), 23-27. doi: 10.1177/0016986214559639