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Jenny Jenkins

Tel: (416) 978-0939
Email: jenny.jenkins@utoronto.ca
Website: http://jennifermjenkins.com/

Professor Jennifer Jenkins is the Atkinson Chair of Early Child Development and Education and Director of the Atkinson Centre and Director of Academic Programs at the University of Toronto. She is a clinical and developmental psychologist. Her research examines the influence of marital, parental and sibling relationships on developmental health. She studies why some children are more resilient than others when growing up in high-risk environments and is particularly interested in within-family differences in development. She is the Director of Kids, Families, Places, a longitudinal, birth-cohort study that includes older siblings. Its goal is to understand the interaction of biological, family and broader contextual risk in children’s socio-emotional trajectories. She is a co-author, with Dacher Keltner and Keith Oatley of Understanding Emotions, 3rd Edition.

Statement

I study the environmental stressors that have an impact on children’s development. Experiences in families are the most important stressors in children’s lives. In my research lab we have investigated stressors such as low parental education and poverty, marital conflict and separation, harshness in the parent-child relationship, siblings experiencing very different parental treatment from one another and parental psychiatric problems. Most problematic for children is when these environmental stresses occur together: although children can deal with single risks in their lives when these multiply their ability to maintain a healthy developmental trajectory is compromised. These stressors do not occur randomly to families. Societies that are less equal in how they apportion resources to families, have more negative child outcomes. When parents struggle with economic disadvantage, they provide less good parenting to their children. Cross-generational cycles of disadvantage are evident: parents who have experienced adversity in their own growing up are more likely to expose their children to the same adversities.

Brain development occurs within relationships and we now know a lot about the interactions that foster brain development. Our goal is to foster what has been called a mutually responsive orientation: encouraging cooperation between two people in a relationship so that they get inside one another’s minds, understand the other and foster one another’s goals. Behaviors that are critical are sensitive responding, teaching just above the child’s level of competence, internal state talk, reflecting on the other person’s experience. These behaviors have been shown to be important in parent-child, sibling, peer and teacher-child relationships.

It is important to note, though, that these stressors do not just happen to children. Children are born different and some are much more challenging to raise than others, because of how their brains develop. Such differences are influenced by genetic factors and pre and post natal experience. Differences in early temperaments, ability to relate to others and cognitive development contribute to the environmental experiences that subsequently influence children. For instance we have shown that having a child with a difficult temperament contributes to the marital conflict of parents and to parents treating the child more harshly than the child’s siblings. Children contribute to the environmental experiences that subsequently affect them. 

Another issue that we investigate in our research is why some children in a family are resilient to family stressors while others are vulnerable. We have found that individual child characteristics (such as early emotion, attention and language skills, all of which are genetically influenced) are important in explaining why some siblings are more vulnerable to stressors in their family environments than others.

There are several important conclusions from this research program. In order to support the development of children we need to do a better job of supporting families.We can do this by reducing economic disadvantage in families and decreasing societal inequalities. We can also do it by increasing affordable and high-quality childcare so that parents are supported in working and raising young children. Finally we can do it through educating children and parents in the relationship behaviors that have been found to be critical in building a mutually responsive orientation.

Publications

Books

Oatley, K., & Jenkins, J. M. (1996). Understanding emotions. Cambridge, MA: Blackwell.

Oatley, K., & Jenkins, J. M. (2001). Erzelmeink. Osiris Kiado, Budapest. (This is the Hungarian translation of the book Understanding Emotions and it is also being translated into Portuguese).

Oatley, K. & Jenkins, J.M. (2003) Razumijevanje Emocija. Naklada Slap: Zagreb. This is the Croatian translation.

Oatley, K., Keltner, D. & Jenkins, J. M. (2006) Understanding emotions. Second Edition. Cambridge, MA: Blackwell.

Jenkins, J. M., Oatley, K., & Stein, N. (1998). Human emotions: A reader. Cambridge, MA: Blackwell.

 

Articles in refereed journals (underlined authors are students or postdoctoral fellows working under my supervision)

Hildebrand, J., Jenkins, J. M., Carter, D., & Lask, B. (1981). The introduction of a full family orientation in a child psychiatric inpatient unit. Journal of Family Therapy, 3, 139-152.

Jenkins, J. M., Hildebrand, J., & Lask, B. (1982). Failures: An exploration and survival kit.  Journal of Family Therapy, 4, 307-320.

Naughten, E. R., Jenkins, J. M., Francis, D. E. M., & Leonard, J. V. (1982). Outcome of maple syrup urine disease. Archives of Diseases in Childhood, 57, 918-921.

Lask, B., Jenkins, J. M., Nabarro, L., & Booth, I. (1987). Psychosocial sequelae of stoma surgery for inflammatory bowel disease in childhood. Gut, 28, 1257-1260.

Jenkins, J. M., Smith, M. A., & Graham, P. J. (1989). Coping with parental quarrels. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent  Psychiatry, 28, 182-189.

Jenkins, J. M.and Smith, M. A.  (1991). Factors protecting children living in disharmonious homes. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent  Psychiatry, 29, 60-69.

Jenkins, J. M., & Smith, M. A. (1991). Marital disharmony and children's behaviour problems: Aspects of a poor marriage which affect children adversely. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 32, 793-810.

This paper was selected by the American Psychological Association, Clinician's Research Digest for a summary review. Jenkins and Smith (1992). Aspects of Marital Disharmony that Affect children adversely. Clinician's Research Digest, Vol. 10 (2), 6.

Smith, M. A., & Jenkins, J. M. (1991). The effects of marital disharmony on prepubertal children. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 19, 625-644.

Oatley, K., & Jenkins, J. M. (1992). Human emotions: Function and dysfunction. Annual Review of Psychology, 43, 55-85.

Jenkins, J. M., & Smith, M. A. (1993). Children's reactions to divorce: A prospective study. Journal of Divorce and Remarriage, 19, 143-160.

Astington, J. W., & Jenkins, J. M. (1995). Theory of mind development and social understanding. Cognition and Emotion, 9, 151-165.

Jenkins, J. M., Franco, F., Dolins, F., & Sewell, A. (1995). Toddlers’ reactions to negative emotion displays. Infant Behavior and Development, 18, 273-282.

Jenkins, J. M., & Astington, J.W. (1996). Cognitive factors and family structure associated with theory of mind development in young children. Developmental Psychology, 32, 70-78.

Jenkins, J. M., Park, N., & Pederson-Badali, M. (1997). Evaluation of supervised access programs III: Perspectives of family members. Family Conciliation and Courts Review, 35, 51-66.

Park, N., Pederson-Badali, M., & Jenkins, J. M. (1997). Evaluation of supervised access programs I: Organizational and budgetary issues. Family Conciliation and Courts Review, 35, 37-50.

Pederson-Badali, M., Maresca, J., Park, N., & Jenkins, J. M. (1997).  Evaluation of supervised access programs II: Perspectives from members of the legal system. Family Conciliation and Courts Review, 35, 67-78.

Astington, J. W., & Jenkins, J. M. (1999). A longitudinal study of the relation between language and theory of mind development. Developmental Psychology, 35, 1311-1320. (Ref.)

Goldberg, S., Grusec, J., & Jenkins, J. M. (alphabetical listing). (1999). Confidence in protection: A critique of attachment theory. Journal of Family Psychology, 13, 475-483. (Ref.)

Goldberg, S., Grusec, J., & Jenkins, J. M. (alphabetical listing). (1999). A narrow view of attachment or a broad view of protection? Rejoinder to the commentaries. Journal of Family Psychology, 13, 504-507. (Ref.)

Jenkins, J. M. (2000). Marital conflict and children’s emotions: The development of an anger schema. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 62, 723-736. (Ref.)

Jenkins, J. M., & Astington, J. W. (2000). Theory of mind and social behavior: Causal models tested in a longitudinal study. Merrill Palmer Quarterly, 46, 203-220. (Ref.)

Jenkins, J. M., & Ball, S. (2000). Distinquishing between negative emotions: Children understanding of the social regulatory aspects of emotion. Cognition and Emotion, 14, 261-282. (Ref.)

Jenkins, J. M., & Buccionni J. (2000). Children’s understanding of marital conflict and the marital relationship. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 41, 161-168. (Ref.)

Jenkins, J. M., & Oatley, K. (2000). Psychopathology and short-term emotions: The balance of affects. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 41, 463-472.

O’Connor T. G., Dunn, J. Jenkins, J. M., Pickering, K., & Rasbash, J. 2001 Family settings and children’s adjustment: Differential adjustment within and across families. British Journal of Psychiatry, 179, 110-115.

O’ Connor, T.G., Jenkins, J.M. Hewitt, J. Plomin, R. (2001) Longitudinal Connections Between Parenting and Peer Relationships in Adoptive and Biological Families. Marital and Family Review, 33, 251-271.

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

Jenkins, J.M. (2003) Mechanisms in the Development of Emotional Organization. In Davies et al. (Eds.) Child Emotional Security and Interpersonal Conflict. Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development. Vol. 67, Serial No. 270, 116-127. Sole invited commentary.

Jenkins, J. M., Turrell, S., Kogushi, Y.,  Lollis, S. and Ross, H. A (2003) Longitudinal Investigation of the Dynamics of Mental State Talk in Families. Child Development, 74, 3, 905-920.

Martini, T. S., Root, C. A., & Jenkins, J. M. (2004). Low and middle income mothers' regulation of negative emotion: Effects of children's temperament and situational emotional responses. Social Development, 13 (4), 515-530.

Jenkins, J.M. and Oatley, K. The space in between: The development of joint thinking and planning. Commentary, Brain and Behavioral Sciences, In press.

Jenkins, J. M., Dunn, J., Rasbash, J.,  O’Connor T. G., & Simpson, A. (2005)  The mutual influence of marital conflict and children’s behavior problems: shared and non-shared family risks. Child Development, 76, 24-39. also

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

Sprott, J., Jenkins, J.M. and Doob, A. (2005) The importance of school. Protecting at-risk youth from offending. Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, 3, 59-77

O,Connor, T., Dunn, J., Jenkins, J.M. Rasbash, J. (2006) Predictors of Between-Family and Within-Family Variation in Parent-Child Relationships. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 47, 498-510.

Root, C., & Jenkins, J. M. (2005) High risk families, maternal appraisal and child psychopathology, Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 33, 193-204.

Jenkins, J., Dunn, J., O’Connor, T.G., Rasbash, J.  and Behnke, P. (2005) Change in maternal perception of sibling negativity: within and between family influences. Journal of Family Psychology, Special Issue on Sibling Relationships. 19, 533-541.

Jenkins, J.M.,  Shapka, J. & Sorenson, A. (2006) Teenage mothers’ anger across the life course: Partner choice, partner anger and children’s anger. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 47, 775-782.

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

Owen-Anderson, A.F., Jenkins, J.M., Bradley, S. &  Zucker, K. (2008) 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, 39, 67-83.

Ho, C., Sand, D & Jenkins, J. (2008) Cultural differences in the relationship between parenting and children’s behavior. Developmental Psychology, 44, 507-522.

Jenkins, J.M. & Curwen, T (2008) The longitudinal impact of child gender, maternal depression, and parental hostility on child emotional difficulties. Journal of American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 47, 399-405

Georgiades, K., Boyle, M, Jenkins,J.M., Sanford M, Lipman E (2008) A multilevel analysis of whole family functioning using the McMaster Family Assessment Device. Journal of Family Psychology. 22, 344-354.

Gonzalez, A., Jenkins, J. M., Steiner, M., & Fleming, A. S. (2009). The relation between early life adversity, cortisol awakening response and diurnal salivary cortisol levels in postpartum women. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 34(1), 76-86.

Jenkins, Cheung, Frampton, Rasbash, Boyle, Georgiades (2009) The use of multilevel modeling for the investigation of family process. Special Issue: European Journal of Developmental Psychology, 3, 131-149.

Frampton, K. Perlman, M., Jenkins, J.  (2009) Caregivers' use of metacognitive language in child care centers: Prevalence and predictors. Early Childhood Education Quarterly, 24, 248-262.

Bisceglia, R. Perlman, M., Schaack, D. Jenkins, J.  (2009) Examining the Psychometric Properties of the Infant-Toddler Environment Rating Scale-Revised Edition in High-Stakes Context. Early Childhood Education Quarterly, 24, 121-132.

Jenkins, J. & Dunn, J. (2009) Siblings within families: Levels of analysis and patterns of influence. New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development Special Issue: Siblings as Agents of Socialization, 126, 79–93.

Yagoubzadeh, Z, Jenkins, J.M. & Pepler, D. (2010) Transactional models in the relationship between child behavior and maternal negativity: a 6-year longitudinal study. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 34, 218-228.

Frampton, Jenkins & Dunn (2010) Within-Family Differences in Internalizing Behaviors: The Role of Children’s Perspectives of the Mother-Child Relationship. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology., 38, 557-568

Rasbash, Leckie, Pillinger, Jenkins (2010) Children’s educational progress: partitioning family, school and area effects. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society.Statistics in Society: 173, Part 3, pp. 657–682

6th Edition of the American Psychological Publication Manual. The analysis from one of my papers was chosen for inclusion in the APA manual to illustrate the presentation of multilevel modeling results.

Leckie, Pillinger & Jenkins (2010) Children’s education: Just how important are schools, families and neighbourhoods? Significance, 7: 67–70.

Rasbash, J., Jenkins, J., O’Connor, T.G., Reiss, D. A, Tackett, J.  (2011) Social Relations Model of Family Negativity and Positivity Using a Genetically-informative Sample. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 100, 474–491. Impact factor 5.2.

Bisceglia, R.  Jenkins, J. M., Wigg, K. G., O’Connor, T. G.   Moran, G. Barr, C. L. (2012) In Press. Maternal Sensitivity, Early Adversity and the Arginine Vasopressin 1a Receptor Gene (AVPR1A) Arginine vasopressin 1a receptor gene and maternal behavior: evidence of association and moderation. Genes, Brain and Behavior, 11,  262–268

Cheung, Goodman, Leckie, Jenkins (2011). Understanding Contextual Effects on Externalizing Behaviors in Children in Out-of-home Care: Influence of Workers and Foster Families. Children and Youth Services Review, 33, 2050-2060.

Van Lieshout, Cleverley, Georgiades,  Jenkins (2011) Assessing the measurement invariance of the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale across immigrant and non-immigrant women in the postpartum period Archives of Women's Mental Health 14 (5), 413-423

Jenkins, J., Rasbash, J. Leckie, G. Gass, K. Dunn, J. (2012) The role of maternal affect in sibling relationship quality: a multilevel study of multiple dyads per family. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 53 (6), 619–722

Meunier, J.C. Bisceglia, R & Jenkins, J. (2012) Parenting as between- and within-family correlates of children’s aggressive behavior. Developmental Psychology, Vol 48(4), 987-1002.

Meunier,J.C., Wade, M. Jenkins, J.M. (2012) Mother’s differential parenting and children’s behavioural outcomes: Exploring the moderating role of family and social context. Infant and Child Development. 21 (1),  107–133.

Browne, D. & Jenkins, J.  2012 Change in Child Health and Socioeconomic Inequality: Examining the Moderating Effects of Differential Parenting. Soc Sci Med., 74:1622-9.

Steele, Rasbash & Jenkins (2013) A Multilevel Simultaneous Equations Model for Within-Cluster Dynamic Effects, With an Application to Reciprocal Parent–Child and Sibling Effects.

Psychological Methods, 18, 87-100.

Gonzalez, A. Jenkins, Steiner, M. & Fleming, A. (2012) Maternal Early Life Experiences and Parenting: The Mediating Role of Cortisol and Executive Function.  Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 51, 673-682.

Jenkins J (2012) Understanding Multilevel Dynamics in the Development of Parenting. Special Issue. Parenting Science and Practice, 12, 254-260.

Browne, D. T. Meunier, J.C.,  O’Connor, T. G. & Jenkins, J. M. (2012) The Role of Parental Personality Traits in Differential Parenting. Journal of Family Psychology, 26(4) :542-53.

Meunier, J.C., Boyle, M, O’Connor, T.G. & Jenkins, J.M. (2013) Multilevel mediation: Contextual risks, maternal differential treatment and children’s behaviour within families. Child Development, 84, 1594–1615.

Cheung, C., Lwin, K., & Jenkins, J. (2012). Helping children in-care succeed: Influence of caregiver involvement on academic outcomes. Children and Youth Services Review,34, 1092-1100.

Prime, H., Pauker, S., Plamondon, A., Perlman, M., & Jenkins, J. (2014). Sibship Size, Sibling Cognitive Sensitivity, and Children’s Receptive Vocabulary. Pediatrics, 133(2), e394-e401.

Prime, H., Perlman, M. & Jenkins, J. (2014) Cognitive Sensitivity in Sibling Interactions: Development of the Construct and Comparison of Two Coding Methodologies. Early Education and Development. 25, 240-258.

Bisceglia, R., Jenkins, J., Barr, C. L., Wigg, K. G., & Schmidt, L. A. (2014). Arginine Vasopressin Gene Variation and Behavioural Inhibition in Children: an Exploratory Study. Infant and Child Development, 23(3), 249-258.

Madigan, S., Wade, M., Plamondon, A., Vaillancourt, K., Jenkins, J. M., Shouldice, M., & Benoit, D. (2014). Course of depression and anxiety symptoms during the transition to parenthood for female adolescents with histories of victimization. Child abuse & neglect, 38(7), 1160-1170.

Madigan, Wade, Plamondon, Jenkins Maternal Abuse History, Depression, and Parenting: Links with Preschoolers’ Internalizing Problems Infant Mental Health Journal. In Press.

Wade, M., Moore, C., Astington, J.W., Frampton, K., & Jenkins, J.M. (2015). Cumulative contextual risk, maternal responsivity, and social cognition at 18 months. Development and Psychopathology, 27, 189-203.

Theule, J., Wiener, J., Tannock, R., & Jenkins, J. M. (2013). Parenting Stress in Families of Children With ADHD A Meta-Analysis. Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, 21(1), 3-17.

O’Donnell, K. J., Glover, V., Jenkins, J., Browne, D., Ben-Shlomo, Y., Golding, J., & O’Connor, T. G. (2013). Prenatal maternal mood is associated with altered diurnal cortisol in adolescence. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 38(9), 1630-1638.

Madigan, Wade,  Tarabulsy Jenkins, Shouldice (2014) Association between abuse history and adolescent pregnancy; A Meta-analysis. Journal of Adolescent Health, 55, 151-159.

Prime, H., Browne, D., Akbari, E., Wade, M., Madigan, S., & Jenkins, J. (In Press). The development of a measure of caregiver cognitive sensitivity appropriate for use in primary care health settings. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry..

Wade, Hoffman, Wigg & Jenkins. Association Between the Oxytocin Receptor Gene and Children’s Social Cognition at 18 Months. Genes, Brain and Behavior.13, 603-610.

Wade, Hoffmann, Jenkins.  Association between the AVPR1A gene and preschoolers’ executive functioning. Brain and Cognition, 90, 116-123.

Wade, Jenkins Pregnancy hypertension and the risk for neuropsychological impairment in offspring across early development: A brief report.  Child Neuropsychology, In press. Still only on line feb 24, 2015

Wade, Browne, Madigan, Plamondon, & Jenkins Normal birth weight variation and children’s neuropsychological functioning: links between language, executive functioning, and theory of mind. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 20, 909-919.

Wade M, Madigan S, Akbari E and Jenkins JM (2015). Cumulative biomedical risk and social cognition in the second year of life: prediction and moderation by responsive parenting. Frontiers in Psychology, 6:354. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00354

Jenkins, J. M., McGowan, P., & Knafo-Noam, A.* (2015). Parent–offspring transaction: Mechanisms and the value of within family designs. Hormones and behavior. *Equal contribution by authors.

 

Book Chapters

Jenkins, J. M., & Richman, N. (1985). Emotional and behavioral problems in preschool children.  In D. Hull (Ed.), Encyclopedia of child health. London: Francis Holland.

Jenkins, J. M., & Milla, P. (1988). Feeding problems and failure to thrive. In N. Richman & R. Lansdown (Eds.), Problems of the preschool child. Chichester: Wiley.

Ratcliffe, S., Jenkins, J. M., & Teague, P. (1990). The cognitive and behavioral development of the 47, XYY child.  In D. B. Berch & B. Bender (Eds.), Sex chromosome abnormalities and behaviour. Washington, DC: American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Jenkins, J. M. (1992). Sibling relationships in disharmonious homes. In F. Boer & J. Dunn (Eds), Sibling relationships: Developmental and clinical issues. Hove: Erlbaum.

Astington, J. W., & Jenkins, J. M. (1995). Theory of mind development and social understanding. In J. Dunn (Ed.), Connections betweeen emotion and understanding development (pp. 151-165). Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum.  (Reprinted from Cognition and Emotion, 1995).

Grazzani, I., Oatley, K., Jenkins, J. M. (1996). The communicative functions of emotions: Implications for development. In A. Marchetti (Ed.), Mario Groppo (Series Ed.), Handbook of Developmental Psychology. Vol. 5: Theories and Models. Milano: Raffaello Cortina.

Jenkins, J. M., & Oatley, K. (1996). Emotional episodes and emotionality through the lifespan. In C. Magai & S. McFadden  (Eds.), Handbook of Emotions Throughout the Lifespan (pp. 421-441). Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum.

Jenkins, J. M., & Oatley, K.  (1998).  The development of emotion schemas in childhood: The processes underlying psychopathology.  In W. Flack & J. D. Laird (Eds.), Emotions in psychopathology: Theory and research (pp. 45-56). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Jenkins, J., & Greenbaum, R.  (1999).  Intention and emotion in child psychopathology: Building cooperative plans.  In P. Zelazo, J. W. Astington, & D. Olson, (Eds.), Theories of mind in action:  Development and evolution of social understanding and self control.  Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum.

Miller, F., Jenkins, J., & Keating, D. P.  (2002). Socioeconomic status, parenting practices and childhood disturbance. In D. Willms (Ed.), Vulnerable children: Findings from Canada’s NLSCY. Edmonton, AB: University of Alberta Press.

Jenkins, J.M. and Astington, J. (2000)  Cognitive factors and family structure associated with theory of mind development in young children.  In Olga Liverta Sempio and Antonella Marchetti (Ed.) Teoria della mente e relazioni affettive. Contesti familiari e contesti educativi, Torino, Italy : UTET Libreria.

Miller, F. & Jenkins, J.M.  (2004).Parenting and children’s mental health. In M. Hoghughi & N. Long Handbook of Parenting: Theory, Research and Practice. London: Sage.

Jenkins, J.M. (2004) Early intervention to prevent the development of delinquency. In Kidd, B and Phillips, J. From Enforcement and Prevention to Civic Engagement: Research on Community Safety. (pp125-139) Toronto: Centre of Criminology, University of Toronto

Jenkins, J.M. (2008) Psychosocial adversity and Resilience in M. Rutter, D. Bishop, D. Pine, S. ScottJ Stevenson, E. A. Taylor  A. Thapar (Eds.) Rutter’s Handbook of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Blackwell: Oxford. pp. 377-391.

Jenkins, J.M. & Bisceglia, R. (2011)  Understanding within-family variability in children’s responses to environmental stress In Keating, D. (Ed.) Nature and Nurture in Early Child Development. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, UK.

Bisceglia, Cheung, Swinton, Jenkins (2010) Family composition in western countries. In Garralda, E and Jean-Philippe Raynaud, JP (Eds) Increasing awareness of child and adolescent mental health. International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions, pp27-48.

Wade M, Prime H, Browne D, Jenkins JM. A Multilevel Perspective on School Readiness: Implications for Programs and Policy In: Boivin M, Bierman K, editors. Promoting School Readiness and Early Learning: The Implications of Developmental Research for Practice. New York: Guilford, 2011.

Jenkins, J.M., Madigan, S. & Arsenault (2014) Psychosocial adversity. in M. Rutter, D. Bishop, D. Pine, S. ScottJ Stevenson, E. A. Taylor  A. Thapar (Eds.) Rutter’s Handbook of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Blackwell: Oxford. In press.

Funded Research (since 2004)

Project Title: Person and environment influences in the development of prosociality in young children
Principal Applicants: Sheri Madigan, Jennifer Jenkins
Granting Agency: Social Science and Humanities Research Council
Amount: $128,000
Start date:  4/2015

Project Title: Early developmental trajectories and intervention for life long well-being
Principal Applicant: Jennifer Jenkins, Kang Lee
Granting Agency: Canadian Fund for Innovation
Amount: $1,357,050
Start date: 4/2014
End date: 4/2019

Project Title: Schools at the Centre of Communities: Case Studies for Seamless Early Learning
Principal Applicants: Jennifer Jenkins, Zeenat Janmohamed
Granting Agencies: Holman Foundation, Atkinson Charitable Foundation, Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Foundation and Lawson Foundation
Amount: $60,000
Start date: 1/2013
End date: 8/2014

Project Title: Monitoring ECE Policy to Promote Excellence
Principal Applicant: Jennifer Jenkins
Granting Agency: Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Foundation and Lawson Foundation
Amount: $1,000,000
Start date: 1/2014
End date: 1/2019

Project Title:  The development of cooperation in relationships: Protective processes for children vulnerable to mental health problems
Principal Applicant: Jennifer Jenkins
Co-Applicants: Cathy Barr, Louis Schmidt, George Leckie, Fiona Steele, Greg Moran, Michal Perlman, Charles Pascal, Chris Moore, Tom O’Connor, Kathy Georgiades
Granting Agency: CIHR
Amount: $562,250
Start date: 4/2013
End date: 3/2018

Project Title:  Ontario Child Health Sequel
Principal Applicant: Michael Boyle, Kathy Georgiades
Co-Applicants: Afifi, Avison, Bennett, Bennett, Boylan, Butt, Cairney, Cleverley, Cunningham, Davies, Dirks, Dunn, Ferro, Gonzalez, Janus, Jenkins, Lipman, Macmillan, Manion, Mclennan, Petitclerc, Rhodes, Rosenbaum, Sassi, Shepherd, Szatmari, Van Lieshout, Waddell, Wekerle
Granting Agency: CIHR
Amount: $6,940,060
Start date: 4/2013
End date: 3/2018

Project Title: Developmental Trajectories: A University of Toronto System-Wide Initiative to Improve Health, Learning and Society
Granting Agency: Connaught Global Challenge Award, University of Toronto
PI: Steven Lye
CI: Jenkins, Sokolowski, Fleming, Corter, Mathews
Amount: $1,000,000
Date: 2012-2014

Project Title: Understanding within family differences in child soci-emotional competence: Moderating mechanisms
Granting Agency: Banting fellowship, SSHRC
PI: Madigan, Sheri, Jenkins J.
Amount: $70,000 per annum
Dates: 2012-2014

Project Title: A Focus on Early Learning, Child Care and Family Support
Awarded by Atkinson Foundation to the Atkinson Centre (JJ director)
Amount: $750,000
Start date: 2012
End date: 2017

Project Title:  The impact of family relationships on children’s developmental health: Child versus context effects
Principal Applicant: Michal Perlman & Jennifer Jenkins
Co-Applicants: Cathy Barr, Louis Schmidt, Charles Pascal, Chris Moore, Janet Astington, Tom O’Connor
Granting Agency: CIHR
Amount: $100,000
Start date: 4/2012
End date: 3/2013

Project Title: A Focus on Early Learning, Child Care and Family Support
Principal Applicants: Jennifer Jenkins
Co-Applicants: Zeenat Janmohamed, Patricia Chorney-Rubin, Janette Pelletier, Kerry McQuaig
Granting Agency: Atkinson Charitable Foundation
Amount: $750,000
Start date: 1/2012
End date: 1/2017

Project Title: Strategies for Managing Child Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties in the Classroom: Sharing knowledge on effective teaching practices
Principal Applicants: Katreena Scott
Co-Applicants: Jenkins, Ducharme
Granting Agency: Knowledge Network for Applied Education Research
Amount: $21,530
Start date: 6/2011
End date: 7/2012

Project Title: The calm before the storm: the development of self regulatory personality from middle childhood to adolescene
Principal Applicants: Jennifer Tackett
Co-Applicants: Jenkins, J.
Granting Agency: SSHRC
Amount: $116,500
Start date: 4/2011
End date: 3/2014

Project Title: Individual and Contextual Influences on Mental Health in Immigrant and Non-Immigrant Children
Principal Applicants: Katholiki K. Georgiades
Co-Applicants: Boyle, M. H., Szatmari, P., Schmidt, L., & Jenkins, J.
Granting Agency: Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Amount: $491,833
Start date: 4/2010
End date: 3/2013

Project Title: Emotional-behavioural regulation and school achievement in immigrant and non-immigrant youth: Evidence of risk and resilience
Principal Applicants: Katholiki K. Georgiades
Co-Applicants: Boyle, M., Jenkins, J. Newbold, K.B., Schmidt, L.
Granting Agency: Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Amount: $100,000
Start date: 7/2007
End date: 7/2008

Project Title: Structures for Building, Learning, Applying and Computing Statistical Methods
Principal Applicants: Jon Rasbash
Collaborators: Jenkins, J. O’Connor, T., Evans, J.
Granting Agency: Economic and Social Research Council, UK. Funded as part of the National Centre for Research Methods Nodes project
Amount: 1.2 Million Pounds Sterling
Start date: 7/2007
End date: 7/2010

Project Title: High-risk environments and child Psychopathology: Understanding shared family risks
Principal Applicant: Jennifer Jenkins
Co-Applicants: Tom O’Connor; Jon Rasbash
Granting Agency: SSHRC
Amount: $99,205
Start date: 4/2007
End date: 4/2010

Project Title: The Ottawa Language Study and pathways to adulthood:  A 25 year follow-up
Principal Applicants: Joseph H. Beitchman
Co-Applicants: E. Adlaf, L. Atkinson, E. Brownlie, J. Cairney, M. Escobar, J. Jenkins, C. Johnson
Granting Agency: Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Amount: $545,898
Start date: 7/2007
End date: 6/2011

Project Title: Transactional processes in the development of emotional-behavioral regulation: Individuals in Context
Director: Jenkins, J.
Principal Applicants: Jenkins, J. and Boyle, M.
Co-Applicants: Janet Astington, Cathy Barr, John Challis, Alison Fleming, Guanglei Hong, Dan Keating, Gary Kraemer, Chris Moore, Greg Moran, Tom O’Connor, Debra Pepler, Dave Pederson, Michal Perlman, Yvonne Racine, Jon Rasbash and Hildy Ross
Granting Agency: CIHR
Amount: $2,003,731
Start date: 8/2004
End date: 8/2009

Project Title: Early intervention for substance abusing women and their children
Principal Applicants: Debra Pepler
Co-Applicants: Jenkins, Craig, Lawrence, Motz
Granting Agency: CIHR
Amount: $817,940
Start date: 5/2005
End date: 5/2010

Project Title: Proposition for a Strategic Research Cluster on Early Child Development (SRC-ECD)
Director: Boivin, M.
Steering Committee: Hertzman, C., Jenkins, J., Tremblay, R., Willms, D.
Granting Agency: SSHRC
Amount: $30,000
Start date: 10/2004
End date: 3/2005

Project Title: Maternal responsiveness in New Mothers: Affective, Attentional and Endocrine functions
Principal Applicant: Alison Fleming
Co-Applicants: Steiner, M and Jenkins, J.
Granting Agency: CIHR
Amount: $474,700
Start date: 5/2004
End date: 5/2009

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