Kathleen McCallops, Ph.D

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Kathleen McCallops, Ph.D

Kathleen McCallops, Ph.D

Senior Research Associate

Expertise & Research Interests

  • Youth Development
  • Housing Instability
  • Community Health
  • Family Health
  • Food Insecurity
  • Family Studies


  • Ph.D., Human Development and Family Sciences, University of Delaware
  • M.S., Human Development and Family Sciences, University of Delaware
  • B.S., Psychology & Performance and Communication Arts, St. Lawrence University

Kathleen McCallops, Ph.D

Senior Research Associate

Kathleen McCallops, Ph.D, is a Senior Research Associate for Community Health at ChristianaCare.


Selected Papers and Publications

Mothering in the streets: Familial adaptation strategies of street-identified Black American mothers

Journal of Marriage and Family

Using components of the Family Adjustment and Adaptation Response Model, Critical Race Feminism, and Sites of Resilience, this study explored how street-identified Black American mothers engage in street life, while juggling the pressures of childrearing, family, and home life within a distressed, urban Black community.

Street-identified Black American mothers are vilified for their intersecting identities of being Black women who are experiencing poverty, and who may also be involved in illegal activity. Black mothers are disproportionately represented in the criminal legal system, but existing research has inadequately examined how street-identified Black mothers “do” family in the confines of structural violence.

Homelessness and Suicidality: The Role of Bullying and Parental Support

Family Relations

To examine the relation between homelessness and suicidality and to test bullying as a mediator and parental support as a moderator of these relations.

Youth from low‐income families are more likely to be bullied and in turn experience negative mental health outcomes. Parental support has been reported to mitigate the effects of stressful events, such as being bullied. However, these relations are still undocumented among youth experiencing homelessness.

Restaurant kids’ meal beverage offerings before and after implementation of healthy default beverage policy statewide in California compared with citywide in Wilmington, Delaware

Public Health Nutrition
In 2019, California and Wilmington, Delaware‘ implemented policies requiring healthier default beverages with restaurant kids’ meals. The current study assessed restaurant beverage offerings and manager perceptions.

Pre-post menu observations were conducted in California and Wilmington. Observations of cashiers/servers during orders were conducted pre-post implementation in California and post-implementation in Wilmington. Changes in California were compared using multilevel logistic regression and paired t tests. Post-implementation, managers were interviewed.

Using Youth Risk Behavior Survey data to analyze housing instability among Delaware public school students

Journal of Children and Poverty

This study provides information about the prevalence, living conditions, and demographic characteristics of housing instability among students in the state of Delaware. Data were obtained from the Delaware Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) for the 2011–2017 academic years and included 23,819 youth respondents in grades 6–12. Descriptive and logistic regression analyses were conducted to characterize student demographics. Results show that 3.6% (about one out of 30) of Delaware students, grades 6–12, experience housing instability, and this rate was consistent across urban and rural areas. Findings also reveal that males and students of color were more likely to experience housing instability. Results obtained are utilized to understand the prevalence of housing instability and to inform schools, communities, and policy makers of ways to support and strengthen services and programming for students’ academic needs and well-being.