Karen Kehoe

Post-Doctoral Research Associate


  • Ph.D., Educational Psychology-Applied Developmental Science, University of Virginia, 2022
  • Ed.M., Language and Literacy, Harvard University Graduate School of Education, 2003
  • B.A., American Studies and French (double major), University of Notre Dame, 1999

Karen Kehoe studies reading acquisition and development in the elementary grades, especially among students existing vulnerabilities for low reading achievement. Her research focuses on better understanding how learner characteristics, including both academic and socioemotional / behavioral factors, interact with the environment to influence elementary reading development. Kehoe is currently a post-doctoral research associate with Virginia Literacy Partnerships and the Center for the Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL) at the University of Virginia School of Education and Human Development. She is also a former Institute of Education Sciences (IES) pre-doctoral fellow, under the Virginia Education Sciences Training (VEST) grant program. Karen is a former elementary and special education high school classroom teacher and reading specialist and has served as program director for early childhood (birth-to-age 8) educational initiatives in the public and non-profit sectors. Kehoe has a special interest in conducting research in applied settings and in translating findings of scientific research for non-academic audiences. She is passionate about addressing reading performance disparities through high-quality, evidence-based instruction and intervention.