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Applied Psychology &  Human Development
Jennifer Jenkins

Jennifer Jenkins

phone: (416) 978-0939 
email: jenny.jenkins@utoronto.ca   

Department: Applied Psychology and Human Development 


Research Overview 

Dr. Jenkins' main area of work is about understanding emotion processes in children and in family life that help us to understand psychopathology in children.

Her background is in child development, family systems and developmental psychopathology and she started doing clinical work with children and families in 1979. She is involved in several broad areas of empirical work: the emotional organization of children with psychopathology, risk and resilience in child psychopathology (including within family differences in development) and theory of mind and emotion. In applied practice, Dr. Jenkins is interested in policy and program innovation at the clinical and population level that will improve the mental health of children.

Research Projects/Activities:
Kids, Families, and Places Study: http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/kfp/Home/index.html

Teaching Overview 

Dr. Jenkins' specialty courses include:

APD1236: Developmental Psychopathology
APD3255: Systemic Family Therapy

Representative Publications 

Owen-Anderson, A.F., Jenkins,J.M., Bradley, S. &  Zucker, K. Empathy in Boys with Gender Identity Disorder: A Comparison to Externalizing Clinical Control Boys and Community Control Boys and Girls. Child Psychiatry and Human Development, In press.

Ho, C., Sand, D & Jenkins, J. Cultural differences in the relationship between parenting and children’s behavior. Developmental Psychology.In press.

Curwen, T & Jenkins, J.M. The longitudinal impact of child gender, maternal depression, and parental hostility on child emotional difficulties. Journal of American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. In press.

Georgiades, K., Boyle, M, Jenkins,J.M., Sanford M, Lipman E A multilevel analysis of whole family functioning using the McMaster Family Assessment Device. Journal of Family Psychology. In press.

Pires, P. Jenkins, J.M. (2007) A Growth Curve Analysis of the Joint Influences of Parenting Affect, Child Characteristics and Deviant Peers on Adolescent Illicit Drug Use. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 36, 169-183.

Gass, K. Jenkins, J.M. & Dunn, J. (2007) The sibling relationship as protective for children experiencing life events: a longitudinal study. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 48, 167-175.

Other Information 

To Potential Students: 

Dr. Jenkins accepts approximately one to two new students (from either DPE or SCCP) to work in her lab per year. She does not meet students prior to shortlisting which occurs in February. If you are interested in working with her, please send her an e-mail and she will make sure to read your file during the admissions process. If she thinks that your research interests are similar to hers (based on your written statement) she will contact you for an interview in February.