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Kathy Church Lacey, EdD

EdD, Ball State University; MA, Ball State University; BS, Ball State University

Dr. Church received her doctoral degree in school psychology with cognate studies in educational psychology and literacy. Prior to joining the Pepperdine faculty, Church was an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Psychology and Department of Elementary Education at Ball State University and an associate professor at Anderson University in the Midwest. Since arriving at Pepperdine, Church has received the Howard A. White Award for Teaching Excellence, been widely published, and presented at national and international conferences.

Church's work in social cognition and social emotional development of children stems from her post doctoral work and experiences as a consulting psychologist. She has experience as a grant writer and project director, and has supervised student teachers and doctoral students. Church has also worked with professional development schools for over a decade and continues that work at Pepperdine with EARTHS Magnet School. Her teaching experience includes child and adolescent development, learning, educational psychology, research in education, study strategies, capstone seminar, exceptional children, teacher identity and vocation, literacy instruction, assessment, language acquisition, and language arts methods.

Contact: kathy.church@pepperdine.edu

  • 610: Teacher Education Institute
  • 611 A, B, C: Identity, Inquiry, and Vocation
  • 612: Teacher Education Symposium
  • 645: Language Acquisition and Language Arts Methods
Academic Interests:
  • Cognition and social emotional development of children
  • Teaching and learning, particularly in the area of literacy, teacher identity, and professional development schools