Kimberly A. S. Howard

Associate Professor

Dr. Kimberly A. S. Howard, a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University, received her M.A. in Counseling in 1996 and her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology in 2001, both from Boston College. She completed a predoctoral clinical internship at the Outpatient Behavioral Health Center at Sinai Samaritan Medical Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Prior to joining the faculty in Counseling Program at Boston University she ran a prevention program in a Milwaukee public high school and was an assistant professor in the Counseling Psychology program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Dr. Howard’s research interests include the examination of the career development process of diverse, low-income youth. She is interested in factors that promote vocational development and resilience and the reasoning processes used by children and youth to understand career choice and career attainment. Dr. Howard also has a professional interest in the roles that counseling psychologists can play in supporting and improving public education.

Dr. Howard’s work has appeared in journals such as The Counseling Psychologist, Journal of Vocational Behavior, Journal of Career Development, Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, Professional School Counseling, Peabody Journal of Education, and Children’s Services: Social Policy, Research, and Practice. She has written chapters in books such as Handbook of School Counseling; Handbook of Psychotherapies with Children and Families; and Transforming Social Inquiry, Transforming Social Action: New Paradigms for Crossing the Theory/Practice Divide in Universities and Communities.

Ph.D., Boston College , Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, 2001
Major: Counseling Psychology (APA Accredited).
Dissertation: The meaning of career choice and career attainment to children and youth: A developmental analysis. Dissertation Supervisor: Mary E. Walsh, Ph.D.

M.A., Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. Major: Counseling, 1996

B.A., Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland. Major: Psychology. Graduated Magna Cum Laude, 1996

Professional Seminar in School Counseling

Research in Counseling

Career Development across the Lifespan

Seminar in Vocational Psychology

Theories of Counseling

Multicultural Counseling

Theory and Practice of Group Work

Dr. Howard's research program focuses on children's concepts of career development, its relationship to academic achievement, and school-based intervention strategies that could support early and on-going efforts to prepare youth to be college- and career-ready.

Read more about Dr. Howard's research.

Howard, K.A.S., Carlstrom, A., Katz, A., Ray, G.C., Chew, A., Moschella, L., & Caulum, D. (2011). Career Aspirations of Youth: Untangling Race/Ethnicity, SES, and Gender. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 79, 98-109.

Howard, K.A.S., & Walsh, M.E. (2011). Children’s Concepts of Career Choice and Attainment: Model Development. Journal of Career Development, 38(3), 256-271.

Howard, K.A.S., Budge, S.L., Gutierrez, B., Owen, A., Lemke, N., Jones, J.E., & Higgins, K. (2010). Future Plans of Urban Youth: A Qualitative Analysis of Influences, Perceived Barriers, and Coping Strategies. Journal of Career Development, 37(4), 655-676.

Howard, K.A.S., Budge, S.L., & McKay, K..M. (2010). Youth Exposed to Violence: The Role of Protective Factors. Journal of Community Psychology, 38, 63-79.

Howard, K.A.S., & Walsh, M.E. (2010). Concepts of career choice and attainment: Developmental levels in how children think about careers. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 76, 143-152.

Howard, K.A.S., Ferrari, L., Nota, L., Solberg, V.S.H., & Soresi, S. (2009). The relation of cultural context and social relationships to career development in middle school. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 75, 100-108.

Howard, K.A.S., Solberg, V.S.H., Kantamneni, N., & Smothers, M.K. (2008). Designing culturally responsive school counseling career development programming for youth. In H.L.K. Coleman & C. Yeh (Eds.), Handbook of School Counseling (pp.269-289). New York: Routledge.

Budge, S.L., & Howard, K.A.S. (2010, August). Coping, social support, and well-being in the transition process for transsexual individuals. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association, San Diego, CA.

Carlstrom, A.H., Howard, K.A.S., Solberg, V.S.H., Caulum, D., & Sew, B. (August 2010). Predicting Science Career Interests: The Role of Contextual Factors. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association, San Diego, CA.

Howard, K.A.S., Carlstrom, A.H., Katz, A.D., Chew, A., Ray, G.C., Laine, L., & Caulum, D. (2010, August). The Role of Context in Predicting Occupational Prestige of Career Aspirations. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association, San Diego, CA.

Budge, S.L., & Howard, K.A.S. (2010, May). Career Decision-Making in the Transgender Population: The Role of Barriers and Discrimination. In K.A.S. Howard (Chair), Career Development Research in Context. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Denver, CO.

Howard, K.A.S., Katz, A., Carlstrom, A., Weisman, L.B. (2010, May). Non-traditional Career Interests for Middle and High School Youth: A Contemporary Re-investigation. In K.A.S. Howard (Chair), Career Development Research in Context. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Denver, CO.

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