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Jennifer Jenkins

Jennifer Jenkins

phone: (416) 978-0939

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:

Teaching Overview

Dr. Jenkins' specialty courses include:

APD1236: Developmental Psychopathology
APD 2200 Management of Behavior Problems in Classrooms

Representative Publications

Jenkins, J.M. McGowan, P. & Knafo, A. (2016) Parent-offspring transaction: mechanisms and the value of within family designs. Hormones and Behavior, 77, 53-61.

Daniel, Ella, Plamondon, A., Jenkins, J.M. (2017) An Examination of the Sibling-Training Hypothesis for Disruptive Behavior in Early Childhood. Child Development.

Browne, D. T., Leckie, G., Prime, H., Perlman, M., & Jenkins, J. M. (2016). Observed sensitivity during family interactions and cumulative risk: A study of multiple dyads per family. Developmental psychology, 52(7), 1128.

Wade, M., Prime, H., Hoffmann, T. J., Schmidt, L. A., O'Connor, T. G., & Jenkins, J. M. (2017). Birth weight interacts with a functional variant of the oxytocin receptor gene (OXTR) to predict executive functioning in children. Development and Psychopathology, 1-9.

Browne, D., Wade, M., Prime, H., & Jenkins, J.M. (2017). School readiness amongst urban Canadian families: Risk profiles and family mediation. Journal of Educational Psychology.

Rodrigues, M., Binnoon-Erez, N., Plamondon, A., & Jenkins, J. M. (2017). Behavioral risk assessment from newborn to preschool: the value of older siblings. Pediatrics, e20164279.

Wade, M., Madigan, S., Plamondon, A., Rodrigues, M., Browne, D.T., & Jenkins, J.M. (in press). Cumulative psychosocial risk, parental socialization, and child cognitive functioning: A longitudinal cascade model. Developmental Psychology

Jambon, M; Madigan, S.; Plamondon, A.; Daniel, E.; Jenkins, J (in press) The development of empathic concern in siblings: A reciprocal influence model. Child Development

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.