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Kevin Roy

Kevin Roy

Associate Professor, Family Science

Kevin Roy, Ph.D., is an 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 workforce, as they transition into adulthood and fatherhood. 


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Through participant observation and life history interviews, Dr. Kevin Roy 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 the 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). 

PhD, Human Development and Social Policy, 1999

Northwestern University

FMSC190 Man up?  Masculinities, fathering, health & inequality

FMSC381 Poverty, affluence, and families

FMSC780 Qualitative methods in family and health research

FMSC810 Theory in families and health

Editor, Sourcebook on Family Theory and Methods (3rd ed), 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.