Staff Directory

Karen Moran Jackson, PhD

Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology and Assessment

Phone: 949-480-4173

Fax: 949-480-4158


Faculty - Full-Time


  • Ph.D. Educational Psychology, The University of Texas at Austin, 2014, Human Development, Culture, and Learning Sciences, Portfolio in Applied Statistical Modeling
  • M.A. Educational Psychology, The University of Texas at Austin, 2011, Human Development and Culture
  • B.S. Biology w/ High Distinction, University of Nevada, Reno, 1997, Concentration in Ecology and Evolution

Positions Held

  • 2017-present, Soka University of America  
  • 2015-2017 Research Associate, Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis (IUPRA),
  • College of Liberal Arts, The University of Texas at Austin
  • 2014-2015 Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute for Urban Policy Research and Development (IUPRA,)College of Liberal Arts, The University of Texas at Austin
  • 2013-2014 Adjunct Professor, St. Edward's University, Austin, Texas 

Research Interests

  • My work centers on the intersection between adolescence development, multicultural research methodologies, and policy analysis. I conduct research in two main areas: the role of research methodology in social and policy change and the development of adolescent attitudes and interests in spaces that have traditionally marginalized adolescents of color.
  • Prior to graduate school, I worked as a middle school science teacher in California and Texas and I remain invested in research that advocates for educational equity.

Selected Papers, Publications, Presentations, & Exhibits

  • Jackson, K. M., Suizzo, M. A., & Harvey, K. E. (2017). "Connecting teacher perceptions to stem occupational goals in low income adolescents of color." Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering, 23(1).
  • Jackson, K. M., Afenkhena, E., Taylor, R. & Robbins, P. (2017). Financial socialization for Black emerging adults: A story of empowerment and disenfranchisement. In E. Buhs (Chair), Adolescent and Early Adulthood: Effects on Adult Adjustment. American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting; Washington, D.C. (April 27-May 1).
  • Jackson, K. M. (2017). Statistics for public policy: Reflecting on change in the last 50 years. American Statistical Association’s Conference on Statistical Practice; Jacksonville, FL. (February 23-27).
  • Suizzo, M.-A., Jackson, K. M., Pahlke, E., McClain, S., Marroquin, Y., Blondeau, L. and Hong, K. (2016). Parents’ school satisfaction and academic socialization predict adolescents’ autonomous motivation: A mixed-method study of low-income ethnic minority families. Journal of Adolescent Research, 31(3): 343-371.
  • Awad, G. & Jackson, K. (2016). The measurement of color-blind racial ideology. In Neville, H., Gallardo, M., & Sue, D. (Eds.) The myth of racial color blindness: Manifestations, dynamics, and impact, (pp. 141-156). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
  • Jackson, K. M. (2016). Mixing in Maps: Finding a Place for Geographic Information Systems in Mixed Methods Education Research. In C. McKim (Chair), Data Analysis Issues in Mixed Methods Research. American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting; Washington, D.C. (April 8-12).
  • Jackson, K. M. & Suizzo, M.-A. (2015). Sparking an interest: A qualitative study of Latina science identity development. Journal of Latina/o Psychology, 3(2): 103-120.
  • Jackson, K. M. & Suizzo, M.-A. (2012). Predictors of investigative occupational goals: The importance of teachers. Society for Adolescent Research Biennial Meeting; Vancouver, BC, Canada. (March 8-10). 

Courses Taught at SUA

  • Educational Research Methods
  • Educational Assessment: Institutions, Programs, and Learners
  • Psychology of Education
  • Curriculum: Status, Issues, and Trends