Kathleen Baggett, Ph.D.

Kathleen M. Baggett, Ph.D.

Kathleen Baggett

Dr. Baggett is an Associate Research Professor at Juniper Gardens Children's Project within the Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies at the University of Kansas. Her research is on early childhood social-emotional health promotion, nurturing caregiving, and child maltreatment prevention. Dr. Baggett holds courtesy Associate Professor appointments in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Kansas Medical Center and in the Department of Psychology at KU. She is a licensed psychologist health service provider and clinical professional counselor. She directs several federal research projects funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the U.S. Department of Education. One focus of her research is the development and testing of evidence based interventions translated for community uptake. Of particular interest are inter-related processes of broad upatake, adoption, and maintenance of treatment integrity of interventions for preventing child maltreatment, increasing nurturing caregiving and promoting social-emotional competencies of young children. Another focus of research is the development and efficacy testing of parenting interventions to improve social-emotional and communication outcomes of young children with disabilities and those at risk for disability due to biological and environmental risks.

Courtesy Assistant Professor,
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Associate Research Professor, Juniper Gardens Children’s Project ,

Ph.D., Developmental and Child Psychology, University of Kansas, 2000
M.S., Counseling Psychology, University of Kansas, 1997
B.A., Psychology, MidAmerica Nazarene University, 1989

Contact Information


444 Minnesota Avenue, Suite 300
Juniper Gardens
Kansas City, KS 66101-2914

913-321-3143, ext. 237

Research Interests

  • Early childhood social-emotional health and development promotion
  • Implementing and disseminating effective community infant-toddler mental health promotion practices
  • Tele-health and web-based remote coaching intervention/professional development for parents, home visitors, early intervention specialists, early education teachers, and community child care providers
  • Early social-emotional and parent-child interaction assessment and progress-monitoring

Professional Service

  • 2007-present, Board Member, Children’s Cabinet Planning Board
  • Wyandotte County Children’s Campus; 2006
  • Member, Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies Promotion and Tenure Committee; 2005-present
  • Chair, Community Research Ethics and Safety Committee
  • Juniper Gardens Children’s Project.; 2003-present
  • Board Member, Project EAGLE Early Head Start Infant/Toddler Mental Health Advisory Board; 2002-present
  • Active Alternate Board Member, Human Subjects Committee
  • University of Kansas Institutional Review Board, Lawrence Kansas; 2002-present
  • Clinical supervisor, post-masters professional training for clinical mental health counselors; 2002-2003
  • Working Group Member, Northeast Wyandotte County Feasibility study/Wyandotte County Children’s Campus