Kimberly A. S. Howard
Program Director for Counseling Psychology & Applied Human Development (PhD)
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.
- 2018–Present: Advisory Board, International Journal of Educational and Vocational Guidance
- 2018–Present: Editorial Board, Journal of Career Assessment
- 2011–Present: Editorial Board, Journal of Career Development
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
Theory and Practice of Group Work
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 professional interests in the preparation of school counselors to work effectively with all youth and in the roles that counseling psychologists can play in supporting and improving public education.Visit Dr. Howard's Faculty Profile
Howard, K.A.S., Castine, E., & Flanagan, S. (2017). Promising Career and Workforce Development Practices in Elementary School Settings. In V.S.H. Solberg & S. Rasheed Ali (Eds.), The Handbook of Career and Workforce Development: Practice and Policy, (pp. 163-179). New York: Routledge.
Howard, K.A.S., Flanagan, S., Castine, E., & Walsh, M.E. (2015). Perceived influences on the career choices of children and youth: An exploratory study. International Journal for Educational and Vocational Guidance 15 (2), 99-111.
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., 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.