Jen Burke Lefever
Research Assistant Professor of Psychology, Associate Director of the Center for Children and Families, University of Notre Dame
Jen Burke Lefever is Research Assistant Professor of Psychology and Associate Director of the Center for Children and Families at the University of Notre Dame. Her research focuses on at-risk parenting and its impact on the cognitive, behavioral, physical and moral development of children, with a goal of preventing child maltreatment. Over the past two decades Dr. Burke Lefever managed two multi-site longitudinal studies of the children of adolescent mothers and two randomized controlled trials assessing the efficacy of child maltreatment prevention programs. She has incorporated the use of mobile phones in her research since 1999, using them as both a tool for frequent data collection as well as means to increase the parental engagement, dosage and generalization of prevention programs. In her current role at the Center for Children and Families she consults on a variety of projects including a newly-funded intervention for mothers of maltreated children as well as a study of risk and protective mechanisms that influence the mental health of Latino adolescents.