Kelsie Dawson, Ph.D.

A photo of Kelsie DawsonMMSA Title: Research Associate

Hometown: Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Education: B.S. – Psychology, Florida State University; Ph.D. – Educational Psychology, University of Alabama

When did you start working at MMSA? August 29, 2022

What projects are you currently working on? Teach ME Outside and Workforce Readiness

What did you do before you worked at MMSA: I was a Graduate Research Assistant in the Social, Emotional, and Educational Neuroscience Lab at the University of Alabama. I was also an instructor for an undergraduate course for the last two years of my graduate program.

What do you like to do in your free time: I love to be outside near water with my dog, read a good book, and take care of my plants. I am also a big sports fan (basketball, tennis, soccer), either watching or playing.

What memory from your childhood would you like to share that exemplifies why you do the STEM education related work that you do? Throughout my childhood, I was always happiest when I was outside playing and learning from nature.

Pronouns: she, her, hers

Email: all emails are first initial last name at

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