Jennifer E. Lansford

Research Professor, Sanford School of Public Policy, and Faculty Fellow, Center for Child and Family Policy, Duke University, USA

About the author:

My program of research is directed toward understanding how cultural contexts moderate the influence of socializing agents (e.g., parents, peers) on trajectories of social and behavioural development from childhood to adulthood. My work integrates longitudinal methods of developmental psychology with theories from social cognition and developmental psychopathology.

What I want to achieve:

I want my research to advance understanding of children’s development within broader family and cultural contexts. I then want to be able to use these research findings to inform parenting interventions and family policies to reduce children’s behaviour problems and promote children’s well-being.

My previous positions:

  • Chair of U.S. National Committee for Psychological Science of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.
  • Chair of U.S. National Institutes of Health Psychosocial Development, Risk, and Prevention Study Section.
  • Consultant, UNICEF, Standards of Parenting Programs.

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