Sharon Paulson

Sharon Paulson

Professor of Psychology Educational Psychology

Curriculum Vitae


Room:TC 505A

Department: Department of Educational Psychology

About Sharon Paulson

Sharon Paulson is Professor of Psychology - Educational Psychology and has been at Ball State since 1991. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in child and adolescent development. Paulson's areas of expertise include family and school influences on adolescent achievement, relations of family demographics to high stakes test scores, and educational program evaluation. Paulson is an active participant in the American Educational Research Association and the Society for Research on Adolescence.

Professional Experience

  • Professor of Psychology - Educational Psychology (1999 - present; Associate Professor 1995-1999; Assistant Professor 1991-1995), Department of Educational Psychology, Ball State University
  • Department Chair (2011 - 2017), Department of Educational Psychology.
  • Interim Associate Dean (2015-2016), Teachers College


Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Developmental Psychology, 1991

Virginia Commonwealth University

Master of Science (MS) in Developmental Psychology, 1988

Virginia Commonwealth University

Bachelor of Science, 1981

William and Mary

Research and Publications

Sample Publications representing areas of expertise (see Vita for comprehensive list)

  • Gong, X., & Paulson, S. E. (2017). Effect of family affective environment on individuals' emotion regulation. Personality and Individual Differences, 117, 144-149.
  • Gong, X., Paulson, S. E., & Wang, C. (2016). Exploring family origins of perfectionism: The impact of interparental conflict and parenting behaviors. Personality and Individual Differences, 100, 43-48.
  • Paulson, S. E., & Marchant, G. J. (2009). Background variables, levels of aggregation, and standardized test scores. Educational Policy Analysis Archives, 17(23). Available November 20, 2009 from
  • Paulson, S. E., Marchant, G. J., & Rothlisberg, B. A. (1998). Early adolescents' perceptions of patterns of parenting, teaching, and school atmosphere. Journal of Early Adolescence, 18, 5-26.
  • Paulson, S. E. (1994). Relations of parenting style and parental involvement with ninth grade students' achievement. Journal of Early Adolescence, 14, 250-267

Sample Funded Projects (see Vita for comprehensive list)

  • Paulson, S. E. (2007-2010). Evaluation of 21st Century Community Learning Centers: Years 5-7. Evaluation of 21st Century CLC grant for Family Services of Delaware County
  • Paulson, S. E., Rothlisberg, B. A., & Marchant, G. J. (2001-2004). Program evaluation of Community Alliance to Promote Education (CAPE) projects. Contract with Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County to evaluate grant from Lilly Endowment. ($269,133)
  • Paulson, S. E., & Marchant, G. J. (2001). Mammals in the Schools. Program evaluation for the Smithsonian Institute, Museum of Natural History. 


Course Schedule
Course No. Section Times Days Location
Adolescent Psycholog 351 810 0000 - 0000 OL, room ONLINE