Robyn Kelton

Robyn Kelton
  • Graduate Student


Advisor: Dr. Andrea Greenhoot

Research Lab: Memory and Development Lab (MadLab)

I am a PhD student in the Brain, Behavior, and Quantitative Science program at the University of Kansas. I have a BA in Psychology from KU and an MA in Psychology as well as an Advanced Graduate Certificate in Organizational Psychology from National Louis University. 


B.A. in Psychology, University of Kansas, 2005
M.A. in Psychology, National-Louis University, 2012


My research interests include autobiographical memory, memory for stressful events and negative experiences, and the origins of a ruminative style of remembering. I have also worked in the field of early childhood education for over 10 years examining the role of leadership in early care and education settings and the impact of quality early childhood education on child, provider, and family outcomes.

Selected Publications

Shin, T., Burkhardt, C., Kelton, R., Crowl, A., Funk, R., & Shrader, S., (2022) Implementing a flipped classroom model based on cognitive science of learning strategies and evaluating the impact on students’ performance and experience in a pharmacotherapy course. Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning.

Shengkai, S., Follmer Greenhoot, A., & Kelton, R. (2016). When parents know little about what happened: Parent-guided conversations, stress, and young children’s eyewitness memory. Journal of Behavioral Sciences and the Law, 34(1).

Talan, T. N., Bloom, P. J., & Kelton, R. (2014). Building the leadership capacity of early childhood directors: An evaluation of a leadership development model. Early Childhood Research and Practice, 16(1).

Kelton, R., Bloom, P. J., & Talan, T. N. (2013) Alternative pathways as equal measures of quality: An evaluation of Illinois’ quality ratings system for family child care. Early Childhood Research and Practice, 15(2).

Bloom, P. J., Jackson, S., Talan, T. N., & Kelton, R. (2013). Taking Charge of Change: A 20-year review of empowering early childhood administrators through leadership training. Wheeling, IL: McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership, National Louis University.

Fowler, S., Bloom, P. J., Talan, T., Beneke, S., & Kelton, R. (2008). Who’s caring for the kids? The status of the early childhood workforce in Illinois-2008. Wheeling, IL: The McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership, National Louis University.

Awards & Honors

Psychology Department’s Nominee, University Graduate Teaching Assistant Award, 2019

Exchange Leader, Exchange Early Childhood Leadership Initiative, 2018

Doris Sheets Fellowship Award, University of Kansas, 2018


Raising Illinois Cross-System Supports Policy Workgroup

Workgroup Member, current

Kansas Child Care Systems Improvement Team

Committee Member, 2020-Present

System Navigation Subcommittee

Illinois Early Learning Council Quality Committee

ExceleRate Committee Member, 2020-2021

Family Child Care Workgroup Subcommittee Member, 2020-2021