Katherine Pears, PhD

Katherine Pears, PhD

Katherine C. Pears is a Research Scientist at OSLC Developments, Inc. (ODI) and the Oregon Social Learning Center (OSLC). She received her BA in Sociology from Princeton University and her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Oregon. Dr. Pears studies school readiness in high-risk children and their families. She has examined the school readiness skills and early school adjustment of high-risk children including maltreated children in foster care. Dr. Pears is one of the developers of the Kids In Transition to School (KITS) Program, a school readiness intervention designed to promote early literacy, social, and self-regulation skills in children and school involvement in parents.  She has been the principal investigator on three randomized efficacy trials of the KITS Program at OSLC with maltreated children in foster care, children with developmental disabilities and co-occurring behavioral problems, and children living in low-income neighborhoods. Most recently, Dr. Pears has been working in partnership with the United Way of Lane County and 13 school districts to scale the KITS Program across those districts, training over 125 educators to implement the KITS Program and serving almost 1000 families from 2016-2017.

Read more about Dr. Pears’ work at the Oregon Social Learning Center, ODI’s research partner organization.

Representative Publications

Pears, K. C., Kim, H. K., & Fisher, P. A. (2016). Decreasing risk factors for later alcohol use and antisocial behaviors in children in foster care by increasing early promotive factors. Children and Youth Services Review, 65, 156–165. doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2016.04.005.

Pears, K. C., Kim, H. K., & Fisher, P. A. (2012). Effects of a school readiness intervention for children in foster care on oppositional and aggressive behaviors in kindergarten. Children and Youth Services Review, 34, 2361-2366. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3661284/

Pears, K. C., Fisher, P. A., Kim, H. K., Bruce, J., Healey, C. V., & Yoerger, K. (2013). Immediate effects of a school readiness intervention for children in foster care. Early Education and Development, 24(6), 771-791. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3760738/

Pears, K. C., Healey, C. V., Fisher, P. A., Braun, D., Gill, C., Conte, H. M., Newman, J., & Ticer, S. (2014). Immediate effects of a program to promote school readiness in low-income children: Results of a pilot study. Education and Treatment of Children, 37(3), 431-460. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25382932

Pears, K. C., Kim, H. K., Healey, C., Yoerger, K., & Fisher, P. A. (2015). Improving child self-regulation and parenting in families of pre-kindergarten children with developmental disabilities and behavioral difficulties. Prevention Science, 16(2), 222-232.