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Applied Psychology &  Human Development


        Note:  Prof. Jenkins will be accepting one new student next year

Jennifer M. Jenkins
Professor (SCCP/DPE)

(Atkinson Chair in Early Child Development & Education)

OISE/UT Room: 9-240

Tel:  (416) 978-0939
Fax: (416) 926-4708



Social and emotional development; family interaction; child psychopathology

Research Projects/Activities

Kids, Families, and Places Study:

Research Interests

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

My background is in child development, family systems and developmental psychopathology and I started doing clinical work with children and families in 1979. I am 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.

To Potential Students: I accept approximately one to two new students (from either DPE or SCCP) to work in my lab per year. I do not meet students prior to shortlisting which occurs in February. If you are interested in working with me please send me an e-mail and I will make sure to read your file during the admissions process. If I think that we have similar interests (based on your written statement) I will contact you for an interview in February.

Applied/Clinical Interests

I am interested in policy and program innovation at the clinical and population level that will improve the mental health of children.

Specialty Courses

HDP1236: Developmental Psychopathology
HDP3255: Systemic Family Therapy
HDP3238: Family Contexts and Developmental Psychopathology

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

Boyle M. H., Jenkins J.M., Hadjiyannakis K., Cairney J., Duku E., Racine, Y. (2004). Family differental parenting: estimating within and between family effects on children. Child Development, 75, 1457-1476.

Jenkins, J. M., Rasbash, J., & O'Connor, T. (2003). The role of the shared context in differential parenting. Developmental Psychology, 39, 99-113.