Professor, Department of Psychology
Project Director, "Challenges of Emerging Adulthood"
Licensed Clinician, Private Practice
B.A., Math, Georgia College and University, Milledgeville
M.A., Developmental Psychology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill: Master's Thesis: The verbal and nonverbal sharing of 2-and 3-year-olds
Ph.D., Developmental Psychology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill: Dissertation: The learning of kindness
Kaye Cook has been a member of the psychology department at Gordon College since 1978. She has long-term research interests in developmental transitions, gender issues, qualitative research, and moral and faith development. As a licensed clinician, she specializes in the developmental issues of women and, more recently, of immigrants seeking asylum or with American-born children.
Ken Olsen Science Center 346
255 Grapevine Road
Wenham MA 01984
EMERGING ADULTHOOD GRANT UPDATE:
ALL PHASES I to III ARE NOW COMPLETED!
Thank you for your participation in this study. We received surveys from over 1,000 of you, including 80 undergraduates, and interviewed 159 of you! Thank you particularly to those 80 who completed the endless survey twice! You 80 then participated in two interviews! We did not realize, at the beginning, how much we were asking of you. At the end, we were overwhelmed by your generosity. Thank you, in particular, to this select group.
I promised that I would publish findings regularly on this website but have not done so. The process of data collection proved mammoth. Nevertheless, we have produced four papers for publication and plan three more. Also, we have produced 22 presentations so far, many with Gordon and Wheaton undergraduates.
I am not yet able to do justice to the data, since we just completed Phase III (data collection from Gordon undergraduates) two weeks ago. I can however give you a brief report and also tell you the names of the winners of the gift certificates.
First, the winners from Phase I were: Linda Olsen, Alexander Oldfield, Stephen Waldron, Rebecca Hill, Melissa Best, Anna Quast, Leanne Williams, and Veronica Ponce. The winners from Phase II are: Joshua Carver-Brown, Sarah Childs Cahill, Chris Fossum, Michael Fox, Ariane Kimball, Marielle McFarland, Tom Molenkamp, and Josh Vanada. And the winners from Phase III are: Priska Biegel, Alex Jones, Amy Laing, Elijah Langille, Joe Loe, Alyssa McCarthy, Brian Mercer, and Nicole Rook. Congratulations, all! And thanks.
As we pursue the results further, I will try to update the following, but here is a quick summary of some preliminary findings that I think you will find interesting. First, I should say that sometimes, particularly in this study given the enormous amount of data, findings change somewhat. I apologize in advance if this happens.
A press release and more full description of one component of the study, which explores the power of Freedom within the Framework of Faith, is available for download by clicking on the links to the right.
Press Release: New Study by Psychology Professor
Report from a four-year longitudinal study by Kaye Cook, Ph.D., and colleagues, based on surveys and interviews exploring faith, identity, attachment and well-being of Christian college graduates.
Kaye Cook's Resume (DOC)
A listing of Dr. Cook's accomplishments.
Research Report: Is a Christian Education Worth It (PDF)
A study of student development and well-being by Kaye Cook, Ph.D.