Kelly Roy

Clinical Assistant Professor

Learning and Instruction

 565 Baldy Hall
 (716) 645-4065

Preschool Outdoor Play and Learning Environments
Early Childhood Education
Child Development

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Dr. Kelly R. K. Roy is a clinical assistant professor in the Graduate School of Education and the former director of the Fisher-Price Early Childhood Research Center. Dr. Roy has provided and managed early care and education services, as well as services for people of all ages with disabilities, for more than 30 years in Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia, and Paris, France, in addition to Western New York. She has taught in higher education in Iowa, Maryland, Virginia, and the US Virgin Islands. As a result, Dr. Roy appreciates diverse perspectives and strives to encourage her students to embrace our multicultural experience here at UB. Her qualitative research perspective emphasizes the cultural context in which we develop. A native of Lewiston, NY, Dr. Roy is happy to be home.

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Iowa State University, 2004
    Human Development and Family Studies
    Specialization: Early Childhood Special Education
  • M.S., Buffalo State College, 1991
    Multidisciplinary Studies
    Specialization: Human Services Management
  • B.A., University at Buffalo, 1984
    Interdisciplinary Studies
    Specialization: Early Childhood Development

Courses Taught

  • LAI/SSC 416 Early Childhood Education: Theory to Practice
  • LAI/SSC 490 Seminar and Practicum in Early Childhood Education
  • LAI 507 Supervised Teaching of Young Children

Peterson, C. A., Luze, G. J., Qiao, W., Kantz, K. R., & McBride, S. L. (2007). Promoting positive parent-child interactions: Promising pathways or unfulfilled expectations. Journal of Early Intervention.

Selected Juried Presentations

Kantz, K. R. (2006, May). Facilitating creative activities and self-expression for preschoolers. Presentation at Best Beginnings Early Childhood Conference, St. Thomas, USVI.

Kantz, K.R. (2005, November). Outdoor play and learning environments. Presentation at Region II Head Start Association Professional Development Conference, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Kantz, K. R. (2005, May). Let’s play and learn outside. Presentation at the Best Beginnings Early Childhood Conference on St. Croix, USVI.

Erwin, E., Brotherson, M. J., Cook, C. C. & Kantz, K. R. (December 2003). Self-determination in early childhood special education. Presentation at The Association for the Severely Handicapped Conference, Chicago, Illinois.

Kantz, K. R., Van Ryswyk, J., Gilin, B. (October 2003). Supporting staff in assessing and providing high quality outdoor play and learning environments for young children. Presentation at the Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children’s State Conference, Des Moines, Iowa.

Kantz, K. R., Cook, C. C., Brotherson, M. J., Gilin, B. A., Van Ryswyk, J. A. (May 2003). Outdoor play and learning environments for preschool children: Assessing and building from the ground up. Poster presentation at the Environmental Design Research Association’s International Conference, St. Paul, Minnesota.

DeBord, K., Moore, R., Hestenes, L., Cosco, N., McGinnis, J. & Kantz, K. R. (November 2002). Preschool outdoor environments assessment scale: An assessment scale to be used to assess the quality of outdoor childcare environments for children age 3-5 years. Presentation at the National Association for the Education of Young Children Annual Conference, New York, New York.

Kantz, K. R., Hestenes, L. L. (March, 2002). Preschool outdoor environments assessment scale: An assessment scale to be used to assess the quality of outdoor childcare environments for children age 3-5 years. Presentation at the Virginia Association for Early Childhood Education Annual Conference, Norfolk, VA.

Kantz, K. R., DeGraauw, C. (May, 2001). Preparing individuals for services to young children and their families within the Virginia Community College System. ROC Zadkine, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Selected Grants Received

Even Start. (2001) Virginia Department of Education. July 2001 – June 2004 ($3,000,000). Funded. (Co-principle author with A. Davidson and J. Rochford).

Child Care Access Means Parents In School (CCAMPIS). (2001) Virginia Department of Education. October 2001 – June 2002 ($36,000). Funded. (Co-principle author with V. Henderson and M. Walker).