Diane Harnek Kegan, Ph.D.


Diane Kegan, Ph.D.

Contact Info

College of Liberal Arts
Room 4232


Ph.D., Social Work, University of Maryland

M.S.W., Social Work, Widener University

B.A., Psychology, University of Maryland Baltimore County

Areas of Expertise

Program evaluation

Social science research methods

Critical thinking in social science education


Dr. Kegan (formerly Dr. Hall) has been with the Department of Family Studies and Community Development since 2005, beginning as an adjunct professor teaching FMST 101 Introduction to Family Studies. Prior to joining Towson University, Dr. Kegan worked in the health psychology area. In this role, she examined stress management in post-menopausal women. In addition, she conducted program evaluation and monitoring of family and children’s programs in Harford County, MD. After finishing her dissertation on cultural competence in graduate social work students and receiving her doctoral degree, she began a Towson University tenure-track position in 2008.

Most of the courses Dr. Kegan teaches focus on research methodology and family policy. She incorporates her interest in pedagogy with her scholarship initiatives by examining critical thinking development in higher education. Dr. Kegan's further research interests include bias reduction, transition-age youth, violence in relationships, and LGBT families. In addition, she is the program coordinator at the Towson University Northeastern Maryland campus.

Selected Publications and Presentations:

Jung, J., Hall, D. M. H., & Rhoads, T. (2013). Does the availability of parental health insurance affect the college enrollment decision of young Americans?. Economics Of Education Review, (32) 49-65. 

Miller, S.E., Tice, C.J., & Hall, D. M. H. (2011). Bridging the explicit and implicit curricula: Critically thoughtful critical thinking. Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work, 16(1), 33-45.

Vejar, C., Oravecz, L., & Hall, D. M. H. (2011). Undergraduate student perceptions of argument resolution, unity, and love in same-sex headed families. Journal of GLBT Family Studies, 7(4), 332-348. 

Hall, D. M. H., Miller, S. J., & Tice, C.J. (2012). National Survey of Social Work Faculty Perceptions of Critical Thinking. Presented at the 58th Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education, Washington D.C.

Hall, D. M. H., & Roeder, M. (2011). Service-Learning Predictors of Critical Thinking in Family Studies Students. Presented at the 73rd National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, Orlando, FL.

Courses Taught

  • FMST 101 - Introduction to Family Studies
  • FMST 303 - Trends in Contemporary Family Policy
  • FMST 485 - Research Methods in Family Studies
  • FMST 490 - Family and Human Service Capstone: Methods in Family Life Education