Kyla L. Wahlstrom

Kyla L. Wahlstrom - Senior Research Fellow
Senior Research Fellow, Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development
College of Education and Human Development, Twin Cities
  • Education
  • Early childhood
  • Education practice and theory


Kyla L. Wahlstrom, Ph.D., is a senior research fellow and lecturer in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota.

Wahlstrom is the primary investigator for the original research on school start times begun in 1996. Her 20-year study of the effects of the later start time on high school students has influenced school policies across the United States. Her other investigative work, such as researching the longitudinal outcomes for students in all-day kindergarten and examining the effects of elementary breakfast programs on learning, has also affected the lives of thousands of children. From 1993 to 2001, she was the lead American investigator on an international research project involving Russia, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom focused on the issue of reform of Russian education and changing the instructional practices of classroom teachers in the former USSR.

As an adjunct faculty member, Wahlstrom teaches graduate classes on topics of educational change, research methods, and conceptions of leadership.