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Contact Info:
Tufts University
Eliot-Pearson Department
of Child Study and
Human Development
105 College Avenue
Medford, MA 02155

Office: 617-627-2392
Fax: 617-627-3503

Kathleen Camara
Associate Professor
Faculty, Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service
Faculty, Peace and Justice Studies
Affiliated Faculty, Department of Music
P.I. and Director, YouthBEAT Research on Music and Youth Development
Coordinator, Arts and Child Development Graduate Degree Concentration

Ph.D., Stanford University
M.A., Northwestern University

Arts, music and drama education and its impact on youth development in formal and informal settings; the development of arts programming to support positive development, cultural identity and resilience among youths in underserved communities; arts and social justice; family influences on children's learning and social development; quantitative and qualitative methods of research and mixed methods designs; program evaluation.

Major Awards and Professional Activities

  • Bush Foundation Leadership Award for Contributions to Early Education
  • Joseph and Lillian Leibner Award for Distinguished Teaching and Advising
  • Reviewer for professional journals (Developmental Psychology, Child Development, Journal of Social Issues, Journal of Research in Music Education)
  • Consultant to museums and schools in U.S. and Europe on curriculum development, assessment, and family involvement in children's learning.

Selected Presentations and Publications

Camara, K. A. (2012). "Getting out of my mind's way": Youth perspectives on improvisation in contemporary music ensembles. International Society for Music Education Biennial Conference, Thessaloniki, Greece, July 2012.

Camara, K. A. (2012). The relationship of youth theories and perceptions of musical competence to music learning and performance. International Society for Music Education Biennial Conference, Thessaloniki, Greece, July 2012.

Camara, K. (2012). Aesthetic knowledge and experience: Arts and the reshaping of the construct of cognition. Jean Piaget Society Annual Meeting. Toronto, CA, May 2012.

Camara, K. Haas, K., & Newsom, D. (2012). The (re)production of canon in jazz and popular music: An investigation of how pedagogical decisions influence young musicians' concepts of what's important. National Association for Music Education Biennial Conference. St. Louis, Missouri. March 2012.

Camara, K. (2012). Self, culture, and development: Music improvisation as unifying process. International Society for Improvised Music Annual Conference. William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ. February 2012.

Camara, K. A. and Spooner, Z. (2011). Building social capital among youths in underserved communities through music. Annual Meeting, Berklee City Music National Advisory Board, November 2011.

Camara, K. A. (2011). So what are they learning in music? Designing authentic, culturally relevant and effective program assessments. International Symposium on Assessment in Music. Bremen, Germany, March 2011.

Spooner, Z. & Camara, K. A. (2011). Music of my people: Student reflections on multicultural music. National Association of Multicultural Education Annual Conference. Chicago, IL. November 2011.

Camara, K. A. (2011). The teaching artist: How practice and performance inform each other. Berklee City Music National Advisory Board Meeting. Boston, MA. November 2011.

Camara, K. A. & Stampf, M. (2006). Learning through music. What violins, fiddles, tin whistles, and accordions have to do with children's learning and development. European Council of International Schools International Conference. Nice, France, November 2006.

Camara, K. A. (2006). The mentoring of young musicians. Invited seminar ERASMUS/SOKRATES music education reform group, Prince Klaus Conservatoire, Groningen, Netherlands, November 2006.

Camara, K. A., Scarlett, W.G., Perkins, A. S. and Stampf, M. (2006). The arts in support of children's development: Changing meanings with changing theories. Jean Piaget Society Conference, Baltimore, MD, June 2006.

Camara, K. A., Theokas, C., High, K. and Albert, D. (2002). Understanding and addressing student achievement gaps. Final Report. Massachusetts Department of Education. Analyses of 1998-2001 MCAS scores in English, Language Arts and Mathematics for K-12 Massachusetts schools.

Brach, E., Camara, K. and Houser, R. (2000). Patterns of dinnertime interaction in divorced and non-divorced families. International Journal of Divorce and Remarriage, 32, 3/4, 125-140.

Brach, E., Camara, K., and Houser, R. (2000). Patterns of interaction in divorced and non-divorced families: Conflict in dinnertime conversation. International Journal of Divorce and Remarriage, 33, 1/2, 75-90.

Camara, K. A. & Resnick, G. (1989). Styles of conflict resolution and cooperation between divorced parents: Effects on child behavior and adjustment. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 59 (4), 560-575.

Camara, K, A. & Resnick, G. (1988). Interparental conflict and cooperation: Factors moderating children's post-divorce adjustment. In Hetherington, E.M. and Arasteh, J. (Eds.) Divorced, Single-Parent and Stepparent Families. New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Publishers.

Camara, K.A. and Resnick, G. (1987). Marital and parental subsystems in mother- custody, father-custody and two-parent households: Effects on children's social development. In J. P. Vincent (ED.) Advances in Family Intervention, Assessment and Theory, Volume 4. Greenwich, CT: JAI Press.

Camara, K.A. (1986). Adjustment to divorce: Coping patterns and supports for parents and children. In Yogman, M. and Brazelton, T. B. (Eds.) Family Stress and Coping: A Systems Perspective. Cambridge, MA: Harvard U. Press.

Hetherington, E.M. and Camara, K.A. (1984). Families in transition: The processes of dissolution and reconstitution. In R. Parke (Ed.) Review of Child Development Research, VII, Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Hetherington, E.M., Camara, K.A. and Featherman, D.L. (1983). Achievement and intellectual functioning of children in one-parent households. In J.T. Spence (Ed.) Achievement and Achievement Motives: Psychological and Sociological Approaches. San Francisco, CA: W. H. Freeman and Co.

Camara, K. A., Baker, O.V. and Dayton, C. (1979). The effects of separation, divorce and remarriage on youth and families. Technical Report. Administration for Children, Youth and Families, Washington, D. C., American Institutes for Research, Palo Alto, CA.

Hess, R. D. & Camara, K.A. (1979). Post-divorce relationships as mediating factors in the consequences of divorce for children. Journal of Social Issues, 35 (4).