KyungSook Lee

Research Associate, Community Evaluation and Research Collaborative


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KyungSook Lee, Ph.D., is a research associate for University Outreach and Engagement (UOE) at Michigan State University. Lee has extensive experience working in UOE since 2008 on community-based research projects, including Wiba Anung, Promoting Academic Success, Healthy Babies, and Head Start on Science, for which she serves as data manager, data analyst, and report writer. Her work focuses on maintaining complex longitudinal data sets and conducting sophisticated analyses of quantitative data using various statistical software tools. The statistical methods she has experienced include latent variable modeling, multilevel models, longitudinal analysis, psychometrics, survival analysis, missing data imputation, and complex samples.

Lee has research interests in the application of quantitative methods in community-based research projects that address family environmental factors, classroom quality, and cognitive and social–emotional development for young children at risk. She is interested in exploring and assessing the sustainability of addressing complex problems within social and human behavioral systems using system dynamics modeling techniques.

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Recent Publications

Gerde, H. K., Pierce, S. J., Lee, K., & Van Egeren, L. (2015). Early childhood educators' self-efficacy in science, math, and literacy instruction and science practice in the classroom. Manuscript in preparation for submission to Early Childhood Research Quarterly.

Lee, K., & Cho, S. I. (2015). The Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASSTM), Pre-K in USA and Finland: A meta-analysis. Journal of Early Childhood Education, 35(2), 293-317.

Lee, K., Saenz, G., Farrell, P., McKinney, M., Lewis, C., Tichenor, K., & Davis, J. (2015). The effectiveness of a mentoring program for young minority boys on academic and attitudinal outcomes.

Fitzgerald, H. E., Farrell, P., Barnes, J., Belleau, A., Gerde, H. K., Thompson, N. L., Lee, K., Calcatera, M., Parish, A. (2013). Wiba Anung: Co-creating a sustainable partnership with Michigan’s American Indian Head Start programs. In H. E. Fitzgerald & J. Primavera (Eds.), Going public: Civic and community engagement (pp. 137-161). East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University Press.

Recent Reports

Lee, K., & McNall, M. (2015). iMath evaluation. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University, University Outreach and Engagement.

Recent Presentations

  • (November 2015)

    Using confirmatory factor analysis to develop scales and measure latent constructs

    Pierce, S. J., & Lee, K.

    Demonstration session abstract under review for presentation at Evaluation 2015: Exemplary Evaluations in a Multicultural World, the annual conference of the American Evaluation Association

    Chicago, Illinois

  • (November 2015)

    A community based participatory research partnership: Perceptions of children’s adaptive behaviors in Tribal Head Start programs

    Lee, K. S., Fitzgerald, H. E., Barnes-Najor, J., Gerde, H., Belleau, A., & Farrell, P.

    Workshop presented at the Santa Fe Boys Educational Foundation Conference on the Psychology of Boys at Risk

    Santa Fe, New Mexico

  • (April 2015)

    Classroom Assessment Scoring System in Korea

    Lee. K., & Cho, S. I.

    Paper presented at the Korean Society for Early Childhood Education (KSECE)

    Seoul, South Korea

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