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Pamela Davis-Kean

Professor of Psychology, University of Michigan

Pamela Davis-Kean is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Michigan, where her research focuses on the various pathways that the socioeconomic 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 Program Director of the Population, Neurodevelopment and Genetics (PNG) program. This collaboration examines the complex transactions of brain, biology and behavior as children and families develop across time. She is interested in how both the micro (brain and biology) and macro (family and socioeconomic conditions) aspects of development relate to cognitive changes in children across the lifespan.


  • –present
    Professor of Psychology, University of Michigan