Current Projects

Though responsible for the day-to-day administration of over 30 graduate degree programs serving nearly 3,00 students at Sacred Heart University, I still maintain an active research agenda. Currently, I am involved projects that examine:

  • The association between children's participation in extracurricular activities and achievement growth, and; 
  • The moderating effects of children's social class on the association between out-of-school activities and summer learning

Sample Recent Publications

Carolan, B. V. (2017).  Friends’ plans for college and adolescents’ educational expectations: An instrumental variable approach.  International Journal of Adolescence and Youth, doi: 10.1080/02673843.2017.1371615

Carolan, B. V. & Lardier, D. T.  (2017). Adolescents’ friends, parental social closure, and educational outcomes. Sociological Focus, 51(1), 52-68. doi: /10.1080/00380237.2017.1341247

Carolan, B. V. (2017).  Pulled from the front? Assessing the adaptation of adolescents’ educational expectations. Social Psychology of Education, 20, 237-257. doi: 10.1007/s11218-017-9377-y

Carolan, B. V. (2013). Social networks and education: Theory, methods and applications. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications Inc. Student and instructor website available at:

Professor and Dean of Graduate Studies, Sacred Heart University