Dr. Margaret Kerr
Assistant professor in human development & family studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Margaret Kerr, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in human development & family studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Human Ecology and a state specialist in vulnerable and underserved children with the Division of Extension. She is also an affiliate of the Institute for Research in Poverty. Dr. Kerr’s work focuses on examining parents’ mental health and emotional experiences, with a particular focus on the factors that influence how adults perceive and experience parenting, including COVID-19, gender, attachment, and socioeconomic status. She also works on brief interventions, such as relational savoring, that support parents’ well-being by helping them to identify and relish moments of positive connection with their children. In her outreach work through Extension, she develops and implements parent-focused programming, including a parenting podcast for fathers who are incarcerated.
Declared interests: None.