Meagan M. Patterson

School of Education - Educational Psychology
Associate Professor
Primary office:
Joseph R. Pearson Hall
Room 632
University of Kansas
1122 West Campus Rd
Lawrence, KS 66045-3101

Meagan M. Patterson is an associate professor of educational psychology at the University of Kansas. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology and linguistics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her MA and PhD in developmental psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. Her research focuses on intergroup attitudes, the development of personal and group identity, and the implications of identity for academic and civic engagement.

Teaching Interests

  • Child development
  • Lifespan development
  • Learning
  • College teaching
  • Gender, race, and inequality in development and education

Research Interests

  • Gender and race in child development
  • Development of personal and group identity
  • Intergroup attitudes
  • Political and civic engagement

Selected Publications

Patterson, M. M., Kravchenko, N., Chen-Bouck, L., & Kelley, J. A. (2016). General and domain-specific beliefs about ability and intelligence among preservice and practicing teachers. Teaching and Teacher Education, 59, 180-190. DOI:10.1016/j.tate.2016.06.004

Chen-Bouck, L., & Patterson, M. M. (2015). Perceptions of parental control in China: Effects of cultural values, cultural normativeness, and perceived parental acceptance. Journal of Family Issues. DOI:10.1177/0192513X15590687

Pahlke, E., Bigler, R. S., & Patterson, M. M. (2014). Reasoning about single-sex schooling for girls among students, parents, and teachers. Sex Roles, 71, 261-271. DOI:10.1007/s11199-014-0410-8

Patterson, M. M., Pahlke, E., & Bigler, R. S. (2013). Witnesses to history: Children’s views of race in the 2008 United States presidential election. Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy, 13, 186-210. DOI:10.1111/j.1530-2415.2012.01303.x

Patterson, M. M. (2012). Self-perceived gender typicality, gender-typed attributes, and gender stereotype endorsement in elementary-school-aged children. Sex Roles, 67, 422-434. DOI:10.1007/s11199-012-0184-9

Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D., Developmental Psychology, University of Texas, Austin, Texas, 2007
  • M.A., Developmental Psychology, University of Texas, Austin, Texas, 2004
  • B.A., Psychology & Linguistics, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 2001


Intergroup attitudes; identity and self concept; academic motivation and achievement


Dept Number Course Name Cr. Syllabus
EPSY 704 Advanced Educational Psychology: Learning Processes in Education 3 syllabus
EPSY 715 Understanding Research in Education 3 syllabus
EPSY 806 Issues in Human Growth and Development 3 syllabus
EPSY 807 Theories and Research in Human Learning 3 syllabus
EPSY 980 Advanced Topics: _____ 1-3 syllabus


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Doctoral programs in school psychology and counseling psychology are accredited by the American Psychological Association
Involved in $22 million project to create new testing system for special education students
Robert Harrington is creating a certification program in bullying prevention for educators
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