University of Calgary

Kathleen Hughes

  • Instructor

Research Interests

Dr. Kathleen Hughes is a tenure-track Instructor in Psychology at the University of Calgary specializing in Social Development. Her current research focuses positive factors that can influence development from early childhood to emerging adulthood. Topics include: 1) Socioemotional factors (shyness, anxiety, personality, social emotional learning, peers, parenting, motivation); and 2) Educational outcomes (engagement, teacher-student relationships, classroom climate, and achievement).

Dr. Hughes typically supervises 3 undergraduate students per year. For more information please see her website:

Recent Peer-Reviewed Publications

O’Sullivan, L. F., Hughes K., Talbot, F., & Fuller, R. (2019). Plenty of fish in the ocean: How do traits reflecting resiliency moderate adjustment after experiencing a romantic breakup in emerging adulthood? Journal of Youth and Adolescence, Online First, pp. 1-14. DOI: 10.1007/s10964-019-00985-5

Byers, E. S., Sears, H., & Hughes, K. (2018). Predicting mother-adolescent sexual communication: Use of the integrative model of behavioral prediction. Journal of Family Issues, 39(5), 94-102.

Hughes, K., & Coplan, R. J. (2018). Why classroom climate matters for anxious solitary children: A study of differential susceptibility. School Psychology Quarterly, 33(1), 94-102


  • PostDoctoral Fellowship
    University of New Brunswick, 2014
  • PhD - Psychology
    Carleton Univeristy, 2013
  • MA - Psychology
    Carleton Univeristy, 2008
  • BA (Hons) - Psychology
    St. Thomas University, 2006
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