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Dr. Kathleen  O'Rourke

Dr. Kathleen O'Rourke

Professor & Family Services Undergraduate Program Coordinator

Office: 2010 - Klehm Hall
Phone: 217-581-6350
Fax: 217-581-6090
Email: kaorourke@eiu.edu
Website: http://www.eiu.edu/famsci/facultystaff.php?id=kaorourke&subcat=

Kathleen O'Rourke's Vita


Dr. O'Rourke has been a faculty member in the School of Family and Consumer Sciences at Eastern Illinois University since 2001. She serves as the Family Services Program Area Coordinator.

Dr. O'Rourke teaches Research Methods, Readings in Human Development, Administration and Supervision in Family and Consumer Sciences, Consumer Management Problems of Older People, Societal Aspects of Aging, Aging and the Family, The Family in Crisis, Women, Gender & Violence, and Women in Contemporary Society.

Dr. O'Rourke is a member of the Master of Arts in Gerontology Graduate Faculty and the Women's Studies Faculty at EIU. At the national level, Dr. O'Rourke is the President of Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society and, at EIU, she is the faculty co-adviser of the Kappa Omicron Nu chapter. 

From 1999-2001, Dr. O'Rourke was the Director of the Early Childhood PreK-Grade 4 Teacher Licensure Program and a faculty member in the Department of Child and Family Studies at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. From 1996-2001, she was an adjunct instructor in the Division of Family and Consumer Sciences at Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tennessee.  From 1996-1999, Dr. O'Rourke was employed by St. Mary's Hospital (currently known as Tennova Healthcare) as a Geriatric Case Manager for the Employee Assistance Program and a Geriatric Consultant specializing in grant writing for Senior and Community Services. While at St. Mary's, she coordinated intergenerational programming for the Alzheimer's day program and child care center and also worked with the senior outreach and education program, senior fitness program, senior transportation program, and assisted living program.

Spring 2015 Office Hours:

Tuesday, 8:30-9:00 a.m., 10:15-11:15 a.m., 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Thursday, 8:30-9:00 a.m., 10:15-11:15 a.m., 2:00-3:00 p.m. 

Other times by appointment.

Spring 2015 Classes:

FCS 5900 Research Methods
FCS 5850 Readings in Human Development and Family Life
FCS 4845 The Family in Crisis
FCS 2813 Women in Contemporary Society



The University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Ph.D. Child and Family Studies   1999
Specialization/Minor: Gerontology

Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL
M.S. Home Economics-Human Development and Family Life   1995

Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL
B.S. Home Economics-Family Services   1994.

Professional Organizations

American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences
Illinois Association of Family and Consumer Sciences

Illinois Council on Family Relations

Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society
-National President
-EIU Kappa Alpha Theta Chapter Faculty Adviser

National Council on Family Relations


  • Disclosure, reporting, and support related to sexual assault among college-aged women
  • Benefits of intergenerational relationships between older adults with dementia and young children
  • Predictors of quality in grandparent-grandchild relationships
  • Portrayal of older adults in children's literature
  • Types and quality of support and resources for caregivers of older adults with dementia
  • Indicators of developmentally appropriate practice and activities for infants through 5-year old children
  • Environmental organization in programs for older adults and young children
  • Individual and family resiliency related to conflict and crisis

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