Michael Lawson

Michael Lawson

Assistant Professor

Office: University Downtown Center, Room 415
Office Phone: (607) 777-9209
Fax: (607) 777-7587
Email: mlawson@binghamton.edu

Dr. Michael A. Lawson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Development at Binghamton University, State University of New York. His research and scholarship focuses on student engagement, collective parent engagement, school-family-community partnerships, as well as evaluations of school-based and community-based prevention and early intervention programs. His work has been published in leading scholarly journals such as Review of Educational Research, the American Educational Research Journal, as well as the Children and Youth Services Review. He recently received the 2014 Review of Research award from the American Educational Research Association (AERA).

A mixed methods researcher, Dr. Lawson's work reflects his social-ecological orientation to educational (and social) research, policy, and practice. This orientation stems from Lawson's 15 years of experience designing, developing, and evaluating school-community programs and services for low-income children, youth, and families of color. These programmatic efforts aimed to strengthen neighborhood collective efficacy among low-income parents and families, improve relationships between low-income families and schools, and enhance social, economic, and educational opportunities for low-income youth and parents at school and in the community.

As a result of this work, Dr. Lawson has served on, and provided leadership for, several county and state-wide steering and policy committees in California, including the California Clearinghouse for Evidence-Based Practices and Sacramento County's Family Support Collaborative.

More recently, Dr. Lawson has served as Consultant for several urban school districts and has provided workshops and training modules for both county- and state-wide educational policy committees and departments, as well as local school-community development councils.

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. Education, University of California, Davis
  • M.S. Family Studies, Miami University (Ohio)
  • B.A. History, Washington State University

Teaching Profession

Courses regularly taught

  • HDEV 300: Social Science Research Methods
  • HDEV 327: Culture and Context in Development
  • HDEV 367: Children, Families, and Educational Policy

Current Research Interests

  • Student Engagement
  • Family and Community Engagement
  • School-Based and Community-Based Prevention Programs

Selected Publications

  • Lawson, M. & Lawson, H. (2013). New conceptual frameworks for student engagement research, policy, and practice. Review of Educational Research, 83, 432-479.
  • Lawson, M., Alameda-Lawson, T., Downer, J., & Anderson, E. (2013). Analyzing sub-population profiles and risk factors for school bullying. Children and Youth Services Review, 35, 973-983.
  • Lawson, M., Alameda-Lawson, T. & Byrnes, E. (2012). A multi-level evaluation of a comprehensive child abuse prevention program. Research on Social Work Practice, 22, 553-556.
  • Lawson, M., & Alameda-Lawson, T. (2012). A case study of school-linked, collective parent engagement. American Educational Research Journal, 49, 651-684.
  • Alameda-Lawson, T., Lawson, M., & Lawson, H. (2010). Social Workers' Roles in Facilitating the Collective Involvement of Low-income, Culturally Diverse Parents in an Elementary School. Children & Schools, 32 (3), 172-182.
  • Timar, T., Biag, M. & Lawson, M. (2007). Does state policy help or hurt the dropout problem in California? California Dropout Research Project. UC Santa Barbara: Gervitz Graduate School of Education.
  • Lawson, M. (2003). School-family relations in context: Parent and teacher perceptions of parent involvement. Urban Education, 38(1), 77-133.
  • Alameda-Lawson, T. & Lawson, M. (2002). Building community collaboratives. In O'Melia, M & Miley, K. (Eds.), Pathways to power: Readings in contextual social work practice (pp 108-128). Allyn & Bacon: Boston.
  • Lawson, M., & Alameda-Lawson, T. (2001). What's wrong with them is what's wrong with us. Journal of Community Practice, 9(1), 77-97.

Other Professional Activities

  • Evaluator, SHARE Collaborative, Safe & Healthy Schools Grant

Last Updated: 9/5/14