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Associate Professor, Family Science
Other Affiliations: Center for Health Equity
Campus: UMD | Building: School of Public Health | Room: 1142T, School of Public Health.
Phone: 301.405.6348 |
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Men, Fathering, and Inequality
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CV / Resume
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Kevin Roy, Ph.D., is Associate Professor in the Department of Family Science at the University of Maryland College Park School of Public Health. He is recognized as an expert in the field of fatherhood research, with two decades of experience working with low-income families and community-based parenting programs.  His research focuses on the life course of young men on the margins of kin networks and the work force, as they transition into adulthood and fatherhood. Through participant observation and life history interviews, he explores men's health equity and disparities (specifically trauma), masculinities, and policy systems, such as immigration, incarceration, and community-based parenting programs. He has received funding for his research from NICHD, the W.T. Grant Foundation, and the National Poverty Center.   Roy served as a deputy editor for Journal of Marriage and Family and has published over 50 articles and chapters, in this journal as well as Social Problems, American Journal of Community Psychology, Journal of Family Issues, and Family Relations.   He is a current editor for the new Sourcebook on Family Theory and Methods (3rd ed) project.  His book Nurturing dads:  Social initiatives for contemporary fathering in the ASA Rose Series was published by Russell Sage Foundation Press in 2012.  He received degrees in Human Development & Social Policy at Northwestern University (PhD 1999, MS, 1995) and in International Affairs with a focus on Soviet Studies at Georgetown University (BSFS, 1988). 

Education and Training

Ph.D., Human Development and Social Policy, Northwestern University, 1999

  • FMSC 190 - Man up?  Masculinities, fathering, health & inequality
  • FMSC 381 - Poverty, affluence, and families
  • FMSC 780 - Qualitative methods in family and health research
  • FMSC 810 - Theory in families and health
Honors and Awards
  • Editor, Sourcebook on Family Theory and Methods (3rd ed) (in process)
  • SPHERES Fellowship, School of Public Health, 2016-2017
  • Deputy Editor, Journal of Marriage and Family, 2012-2016
  • Center for Teaching Excellence, Faculty Lilly Fellowship, University of Maryland, 2011-2012
  • Nominee, Award for Best Research Article, Men in Families section, National Council on Family Relations, 2009 and 2013
  • Chair, Theory Construction and Research Methods Workshop, National Council on Family Relations, 2010
  • The Research and Development Award, School of Public Health, University of Maryland, 2009
  • Nominee, Reuben Hill Award for Best Research Article, Research and Theory section, National Council on Family Relations, 2007
  • Top 20 Article, Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Excellence in Work-Family Research, 2004 and 2005
  • Associate Editor, Fathering: A Journal of Theory, Research, and Practice about Men as Fathers, 2007-2010
  • Leda Amick Wilson Mentoring Award, College of Health and Human Performance, University of Maryland, 2006
  • Ronald McNair Mentor of the Year Award, University of Maryland, College Park, Summer 2005 and 2007
  • Post Doctoral Research Associate, Welfare, Children and Families: The Three City Study Ethnography
  • Margaret Feldman Award in Family Policy, National Council on Family Relations, 1999

Roy, K., & Smith Lee, J.  (2020).  Ghosting in safe relational space:  Young Black men and the search for residence.  Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology.

Lewin, A., & Roy, K.  (2020).  Securing educational equity:  Learning from the lived experiences of Black, Latino, and low-income families during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.  Black and Brown Coalition for Educational Equity and Excellence.  

Conway, C.A., Roy, K., Hurtado Choque, G.A., & Lewin, A.  (2020).  Family separation and parent-child relationships among Latinx immigrant youth.  Journal of Latinx Psychology.  Advance online publication.

Roy, K., Hart, J., & Golojuch, L.  (2018).  Authenticity in qualitative data analyses:  Notes on racial and gender diversity in team ethnography of young men of color.  In A. Humble and E. Radina (eds.), Moving beyond "themes emerged:"  Real stories of how qualitative data analysis happens (pp. 97-111).  New York:  Taylor Francis.

Jones, M.M., & Roy, K.  (2017).  Placing health trajectories in family and historical context:  A proposed enrichment of the life course health and development model.  Maternal and Child Health Journal.

Hart, J., Roy, K., & Charkoudian, L.  (2017).  Clinical theory and intervention for incarcerated families.  In B. Van-eeden Moorefield & S. Browning (eds), Contemporary families at the nexus of research and practice (2nd ed).  New York:  Routledge.

Roy, K., Zvonkovic, A., Sharp, E., Goldberg, A., & LaRossa, R.  (2015).   Sampling richness and qualitative integrity:  Challenges for research with families.  Journal of Marriage and Family, 77, 244-261.

Roy, K.  (2014).  Fathering from the long view:  Framing personal and social change through life course theory.  Journal of Family Theory and Review, 6, 319-335.

Roy, K., Messina, L., Smith, J., & Waters, D. (2014). Growing up as “man of the house”: Adultification and transition into adulthood for young men in economically disadvantaged families. In K. Roy & N. Jones (Eds.), Pathways to adulthood for disconnected young men in low-income communities. New Directions in Child and Adolescent Development, 143, 55–72.

Marsiglio, W., & Roy, K. (2012). Nurturing dads: Social initiatives for contemporary fatherhood. New York: Russell Sage Foundation.

Roy, K., & Smith, J.  (2012).  Nonresident fathers and intergenerational parenting in kin networks (pp. 320-337).  In N. Cabrera & C. Tamis-LeMonda (Eds), Handbook of father involvement:  Multidisciplinary perspectives (2nd ed.).  New York:  Routledge.

Madhavan, S., & Roy, K.  (2012).  Securing fatherhood through kin work: A comparison of Black low income fathers and families in South Africa and the U.S.   Journal of Family Issues, 33, 801-822.

Roy, K., Vesely, C., Fitzgerald, M., & Buckmiller Jones, N. (2010). First steps into fatherhood and adulthood: Parental support for young adult sons’ engagement with work. Research on Human Development, 7, 123-139.

Roy, K., & Dyson, O. (2010). Making daddies into fathers: Community-based fatherhood programs and the construction of masculinity for low-income African American men. American Journal of Community Psychology, 45, 139-154.

Roy, K., Buckmiller, N., & McDowell, A. (2008). Together but not "together:" Trajectories of relationship suspension for low-income unmarried parents. Family Relations, 57, 197-209.

Roy, K. & Burton, L. (2007). Mothering through recruitment: Kinscription of non-residential fathers and father figures in low-income families.Family Relations, 56, 24-39.

Roy, K. (2006). Father stories: A life course examination of paternal identity among low-income African American men.Journal of Family Issues, 27, 31-54.

Roy, K. (2005). Nobody can be a father in here: Identity construction and institutional constraints on incarcerated fatherhood. In W. Marsigilio, K. Roy, & G.L. Fox (Eds.), Situated fathering: A focus on physical and social spaces (pp.163-186). Boulder, CO: Rowman & Littlefield.

Roy, K. (2004). Three block fathers: Spatial perceptions and kin-work in low-income neighborhoods. Social Problems, 51, 528-548.