Katherine Karraker

Associate Provost for Graduate Academic Affairs

Dr. Karraker was an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the State University of New York at Buffalo from 1978 to 1985. She joined the faculty at West Virginia University as an Assistant Professor in 1985 and was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor with tenure in 1987 and was promoted to the rank of Professor in 2004. Within the Department of Psychology, she served as Director of Undergraduate Training from 1989 to 2002, Director of Graduate Training from 1993 to 2007, Coordinator of the Life-Span Developmental Doctoral Program from 2001 to 2004, and Associate Chair from 2004 to 2007. She served as the Assistant/Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences from 2007 to 2012. Since 2012 she has been the Associate Provost for Graduate Academic Affairs for West Virginia University.

Dr. Karraker's primary research interest is infant social relations. She and her students have studied such topics as the effects of infant characteristics (such as physical attractiveness, gender, prematurity, and temperament) on adults, parent-infant relations, infant assessment, parenting self-efficacy, stress and coping in infancy, and maternal sleep deprivation. She has taught graduate and undergraduate courses on infant and child development, as well as courses designed to assist students in their professional development. These latter courses have included coordination of field placements and teaching a course on psychology as a profession for undergraduate students and seminars on teaching undergraduate psychology, adapting to graduate school, and post-graduate professional issues for graduate students.


  • B.S. Biology – University of Colorado (1973)
  • M.A. Psychology (Developmental) – Michigan State University (1976)
  • Ph.D. Psychology (Developmental) – Michigan State University (1978)

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