human development and family studies

Transition Center, 2 Lower College Road, Kingston, RI 02881

401.874.2150 (ph); 401.874.4020 (f)

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Katie Branch

  • Associate Professor
  • Quinn Hall, Rm 218
  • Phone: 401.874.5487
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Prior to joining the URI faculty in 1997, Dr. Branch was a scholarly practitioner in student affairs at The Ohio State University, University of Maine, and Indiana University. She had substantial post-master’s professional work in residential life and multicultural affairs, and also experience in academic advising, commuter and off-campus living, financial aid, international student services, orientation, and women’s services.

While a faculty member at URI, she was selected as an Emerging Scholar by the ACPA: College Student Educators International, served an elected term on the Commission for Professional Preparation, and provided leadership for the 2005 Next Generation Conference. She also was a co-chair of the College Student Access, Success & Outcomes section of the Postsecondary Education division for the 2014 meeting of the American Educational Research Association, an invited participant in a Learning Outcomes Think Tank hosted by the Council for the Advancement of Standards (CAS), and a reviewer for the Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory, & Practice. She is a former co-chair of URI’s Diversity Week and received an URI Pillar of Leadership Education Award.


Dr. Branch’s teaching and research interests center on adult development and learning in relationship to diverse students in collegiate settings, environmental theory and assessment in higher education, and college student persistence and educational attainment.  She has expertise in qualitative inquiry, including using photography as a visual research method.


  • Ph.D., Higher Education & Student Affairs (Minor in Sociology), Indiana University
  • M.A., Higher Education & Student Affairs, The Ohio State University
  • B.A., Journalism (Minor in Photography), The Ohio State University


Branch, K. (2012). Continuity and adaptation: Student services across institutional types. In K. M. Boyle, J. W. Lowery, & J. A. Mueller (Eds.), Reflections on the 75th anniversary of The Student Personnel Point of View (pp. 41-45).Washington, DC: American College Personnel Association-College Student Educators International.

Boyd-Colvin, M. & Branch, K. (2012). American West meets assessment woes. In F. K. Stage & S. M. Hubbard (Eds.), Linking theory to practice: Case studies for working with college students (3rd ed.), pp. 76-80.

Branch, K. (2003). Visual methods. In F. K. Stage & K. Manning (Eds.), Research in the college context (pp. 115-128). New York: Brunner-Routledge.

Branch, K., Taylor, A., & Douglas, J. (2003). Identifying the merits of sophomore involvement in new student orientation. Journal of College Orientation and Transition, 11, 18-26.

Branch Douglas, K. (1998). Impressions: African American first-year students’ perceptions of a predominantly white university. The Journal of Negro Education, 6, 416-431.

Kuh, G. D., Branch Douglas, K., Lund, J. P., & Ramin-Gyurnek, J. (1994.) Student learning outside the classroom: Transcending artificial boundaries. (ASHE-ERIC Higher Education Report No. 8.) Washington, DC: The George Washington University, School of Education and Human Development.

Anchors, S., Branch Douglas, K., & Kasper, M. K. (1993). Developing and enhancing student communities. In S. Anchors & R. Winston, Jr. (Eds.), Student housing and residential life: A handbook for professionals committed to student development goals (pp.461-480). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass

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