Kerry A. Shea

Kerry A. Shea

Senior Research Scientist

About Me

I am a behavioral scientist interested in learning processes and influences of immediate and systems-level contingencies that influence behavior. I’m excited to combine my expertise in operant learning theory with my interests in computer programming, to design better systems for designing, implementing, and evaluating interventions.

My primary research interest is in early childhood development. What environmental contingencies influence caregiver behavior, and how does caregiver behavior influence child development?

I’m very excited to join the PALs team at the University of Virginia this fall, 2021, to help the team study an updated version of the PALs literacy screener. The ability to communicate effectively through multiple modalities, including reading, is an issue of social equity and justice. I’m excited to find work aiming to increase access to effective learning environments.

Download my CV.

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  • science of reading
  • infant learning
  • caregiver-infant interactions
  • nurturing care environments
  • systems-level change
  • data visualization
  • PhD in Applied Behavior Analysis, 2019

    Utah State University

  • MEd in Early Childhood Special Education, 2015

    Utah State University

  • BA in Spanish, 2006

    University of St. Thomas


Senior Research Scientist
Nov 2021 – Present Remote

Data Management:

  • Data cleaning/wrangling
  • Data visualizations
  • Data reports

Adjunct Professor
Purdue Global University
Aug 2020 – Sep 2021

Courses taught:

  • PS527: Implementing Behavioral Change (Master’s Level)
  • PS562: Assessment in Applied Behavior Analysis (Master’s Level)
Utah State University
Jun 2020 – Jun 2021 Logan, Utah
Designing systems of support in school positive behavior support systems.