Kathleen Rose Parrott

Kathleen Rose Parrott

Kathleen Rose Parrott



240 Wallace Hall
295 West Campus Dr.
Blacksburg, VA 24061





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  • Environmental Issues in Housing
  • Kitchen and Bath Design
  • Housing for Seniors
  • Cross-Cultural Housing Perspectives

Professional Activities

  • Chair, Center for Real Life Kitchen Design Advisory Board
  • Coordinator, Housing Option, Residential Environments and Design, Department of Apparel, Housing, and Resource Management, Virginia Tech


  • Ph.D. University of Nebraska - Lincoln
  • M.A. Cornell University
  • B.S. Cornell University

Research Interests

    Awards and Honors

    Housing Education and Research Association Housing Impact Award (co-recipient): recognizes college faculty and/or others who have made significant contributions that have impacted the study of Housing.

    College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Excellence in Research and Creative Scholarship Award (co-recipient).

    College of Human Sciences and Education Excellence in Outreach Education Award (co-recipient). 

    Selected Publications


    Lee, S.-j., Parrott, K., Ahn, M. (2014). Housing Adequacy: A Well-being Indicator for Elderly Households in Southern U.S. Communities. Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal, 42(3), 235-251. doi: 10.1111/fcsr.12058

    Lee, S.J., Parrott, K., & Ahn, M. (2012) Exploring Housing Conditions of Low-Income Minorities in the Southern United States. Cityscape, 14(1), 73-98.

    Parrott, K., Mitchell, K., Emmel, J. & Beamish, J. (2011). If you could be in charge: Student ideas for promoting sustainability in housing. International Journal of Consumer Studies, 35(2), 265-271.

    Lloyd, J. A. & Parrott, K. R. (2010). The psychological and social aspects of single female home buying. Housing and Society, 37(2), 159-184. 


    Beamish, J., Parrott, K., Emmel, J., & Peterson, M. J. (2013). Kitchen Planning: Guidelines, Codes, Standards.2nd Edition, Hoboken, NJ: Wiley and Sons, Inc. 454 pp.

    Parrott, K., Beamish, J., Emmel, J., & Peterson, M. J. (2013). Bath Planning: Guidelines, Codes, Standards. 2nd Edition, Hoboken, NJ: Wiley and Sons, Inc. 418 pages. 

    Additional Information

    Dr. Parrott co-developed the "Explore Your Dream Kitchen" continuing education program of The Center for Real Life Kitchen Design, Blacksburg, VA. The program boasts 250 participants and $20,000 earned for Center for Real Life Kitchen Design. She is also a founding faculty member for Virginia Tech's Center for Real Life Kitchen Design and was selected as an Accreditation Reviewer for the National Kitchen and Bath Association. In this capacity, she serves as an external reviewer for colleges and universities seeking accreditation, re-accreditation and supported status in preparing for accreditation. Additionally, Dr. Parrott has advised 6 national winners in the General Electric/National Kitchen and Bath Association Design Charette over 3 years. This competition typically involves 35+ schools and 500+ students.