Skip to main content


Amy Kennedy Root, PhD

Assistant Department Chairperson
Associate Professor, Child Development and Family Studies

West Virginia University
College of Education and Human Services
Department of Learning Sciences and Human Development

Office: 506G Allen Hall
Phone: 304-293-0380

Dr. Amy Kennedy Root received her bachelor's degree in Psychology and her PhD in Human Development from the University of Maryland. Her research interests include the impact of children's gender and dispositional characteristics (e.g.,emotion regulation) on parenting beliefs and practices, understanding how parents may affect the stability of children's behaviors and affect regulation, and how children's dispositional characteristics and caregiving experiences work together (or against one another) to impact children's socio-emotional development throughout the early childhood years (birth-5). Recently, she began a new study where she will examine how shy, inhibited 3-year-olds' family experiences (observed interactions with mothers, mother's and father's socialization beliefs) impact children's social and emotional development (e.g., anxious behaviors). Dr. Root was the 2014-15 recipient of the College of Education and Human Services Derrick Research Award and the Summer Grant Writing Award. She also received the West Virginia University Provost's Office/West Virginia University ADVANCE Office Sponsorship Program Funding for the 2012-2013 year.

View Curriculum Vitae