Kay Reed, President and Executive Director
The Dibble Institute
Kay Reed, a pioneer in the field of relationship education, co-founded The Dibble Institute in 1996. The Dibble Institute’s materials have been used with over 2 million young people since 2006. Dibble’s programs are listed on the Office of Adolescent Health’s registry of evidence-based programs, the California Evidence Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare, and the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice. They are implemented across the country in a wide variety of settings including schools, juvenile justice, pregnancy prevention, child welfare, and runaway and homeless youth.
Ms. Reed has consulted on successful healthy relationship education implementation, recruitment and retention, adaptations for special populations and circumstances, as well as evaluation strategies with many national organizations including Mathematica, Urban Institute, Public Strategies, and the Administration for Children and Families. She especially enjoys working directly with organizations as they develop plans to introduce relationship education programs in their communities.
Professionally, she has worked in the fields of youth development and non-profit management with the March of Dimes, YMCA, and secondary education.
Educated in Psychology at Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Oregon, she has published on the relationship between children's perceived locus of control and academic performance.