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Kathleen Barker

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Dr. Kathleen Barker, Professor of Psychology, is a social psychologist who conducts multidisciplinary research in the areas of nonstandard work, higher education and social justice, as well as on methodological issues. She co-edited a collection published by ILR/Cornell University Press, "Contingent Work: American Employment Relations in Transition," which was selected as its years noteworthy book in industrial relations and labor economics by Princeton University's Firestone Library.

Dr. Barker's research has included the study of the professoriate at The City University of New York, the largest urban university in the United States. She chaired the Committee on the Faculty Experience Survey of the University Faculty Senate (UFS). The FES:09 report documents the experience, attitudes and opinions of full- and part-time faculty and spans a technical report and 24 appendices. Dr. Barker has examined the impact factor scores (IFS), specifically the reliability of IFS metrics and their potential for abuse in tenure and promotion decisions in higher education. In addition, she has co-authored an extensive series of papers on self-efficacy as a construct in evaluating student outcomes.

Sample publications include a chapter in "The Portable Mentor" (Kluwer Academic/Plenum, 2004) on employment in psychology; a chapter on part-time work in a collection on the workplace, Women Employees and Human Resource Management (2000); and a reprinted article in a text on methodology, Extreme Methods: Innovative Approaches in Social Science Research . She has published sole and co-authored articles in Sex Roles, Psychological Reports, Social Work and Education, and Social Work and Health Care, as well as an instructor’s manual on the psychology of women. A special issue of Social Work and Health Care examined the role of bibliometrics in social work research which was re-published as a separate monograph.

Prof. Barker was named to the American Psychological Association's 2005 and 2006 panels on the Work Force in Psychology. She assisted panel members in deciding the scope and methodology of the workforce analysis and in writing the final report with recommendations to APA's Board of Directors. One of the results was the establishment of the APA Center for Workforce Analysis.

Dr. Barker also served as a network member for the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. She has made numerous presentations at local, regional and national conferences. She has served in instructional and administrative capacities at Bard College, Columbia University, New York University, Pace University, and Medgar Evers College/CUNY.

Prof. Barker brings her labor expertise to her current employment and provides leadership to the University as she participates in university-wide settings. She has served for three 3-year terms as a Senator for the University Faculty Senate (UFS). In 2012 through 2016, she was elected to the UFS Executive Committee as an At-Large Member and is the UFS faculty representative to the Enrollment Management Council and served for 4 years on CUNY Board of Trustees' Committee on Faculty, Staff and Administration. In May, 2016, she was elected Vice Chair of the UFS and serves on its Executive Committee. Other service includes prior elections as Sr. College Representative on the Executive Council of the Professional Staff Congress, the largest faculty and staff union in the U.S.

Dr. Barker received her doctorate in Social-Personality Psychology in 1990 from The Graduate Center/The City University of New York. She resides in Manhattan with her spouse, full Professor Gary Holden.

Dr. Barker's personal interests are the pursuit of anything non-sedentary, excluding rock climbing and running in place. She regularly considers a quote from Heraclitus: "Although logos is common to all, most people live as if they had a wisdom of their own."

Primary Interests:

  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Gender Psychology
  • Intergroup Relations
  • Law and Public Policy
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Research Methods, Assessment
  • Social Cognition
  • Sociology, Social Networks


Journal Articles:

  • Barker, K. (1994). To be P.C. or not to be? A social psychological inquiry into political correctness. Journal of Social Behavior and Personality, 9, 271-281.
  • Barker, K. (1993). Changing assumptions and contingent solutions: The costs and benefits of women working full- and part-time. Sex Roles, 28, 47-71.
  • Holden, G., Barker, K., Covert-Vail, L. Rosenberg, G., & Cohen S. A. (2009). Social Work Abstracts fails again. Research on Social Work Practice, 19, 715-21. (Related: Holden, G., Barker, K., Covert-Vail, L., Rosenberg, G., & Cohen, S. A. (2008). Does Social Work Abstracts work? Research on Social Work Practice, 18, 487-499.)
  • Holden, G., Barker, K., Kuppens, S. & Rosenberg, G. (2015). A replication of failure, not a failure to replicate. Research on Social Work Practice, 25, 3, 313-321. doi: 10.1177/1049731514530000
  • Holden, G., Barker, K., Rosenberg, G., & Onghena, P. (2008). The Evaluation Self-Efficacy Scale: A replication. Research on Social Work Practice, 18, 42-46.
  • Holden, G., Barker, K., Rosenberg, G., & Onghena, P. (2007). Assessing progress towards accreditation related objectives: Evidence regarding the use of self-efficacy as an outcome in the advanced concentration research curriculum. Research on Social Work Practice, 17, 456-465.
  • Holden, G., Rosenberg, G., Barker, K., & Lioi, J. (2010). Research on Social Work Practice: A bibliometric evaluation of the first decade. Research on Social Work Practice, 20, 11-20.
  • Holden, G., Rosenberg, G., Barker, K., Tuhrim, S., & Brenner, B. (1993). The recruitment of research participants: A review. Social Work and Health Care, 19, 1-44.
  • Kuppens, S., Holden, G., Barker, K., & Rosenberg, G. (2011). A Kappa related decision: K, Y, G or AC1. Social Work Research, 35, 185-189.
  • Ross, A., & Barker, K. (2003). Gender, clothing, and cell phones: Observers’ first impressions of power in older African Americans. Psychological Reports, 93, 879-882.

Other Publications:

Courses Taught:

  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Experimental Psychology
  • Gender and Work
  • Program Evaluation
  • Psychological Statistics
  • Psychological Theories of Justice and Injustice
  • Psychology and Law
  • Psychology of Women and Gender
  • Research Methods
  • Social Psychology
  • The Social Psychology of Work

Kathleen Barker
Department of Psychology
City University of New York
Medgar Evers College
Brooklyn, New York 11225
United States

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