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shawna Lee

Shawna Lee, PhD, MSW, MPP

Director, Parenting in Context Research Lab, University of Michigan

Faculty Associate, Research Center for Group Dynamics, University of Michigan Institute for Social Research

Associate Professor, Social Work, University of Michigan




Shawna J. Lee, PhD, is an associate professor at the University of Michigan School of Social Work, where she is director of the Parenting in Context Research Lab. She is a faculty affiliate at the Center for Human Growth and Development (CHGD) and at the Institute for Social Research, Research Center for Group Dynamics (RCGD). Lee has published more than 40 research articles and book chapters, with primary focus on child maltreatment prevention, fathers' parenting behaviors and father-child relations, and the effects of parental corporal punishment on child wellbeing. Recently she collaborated with MDRC to create the DadTime parenting app. She is pilot testing "Text4dad," a text messaging program for expecting and new fathers. You can learn more about these projects and the Parenting in Context Research Lab at Her research has been funded by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Michigan Health Endowment Fund, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Lee contributes to the UM-IPC MOOC in the Child Maltreatment section.

Dr. Lee contributed to the U-M IPC Massive Open Online Course, “Injury Prevention for Children and Teens” in the Child Maltreatment section.

Research Interests

Dr. Lee's research agenda aims to (1) increase our understanding of how fathers' parenting behaviors impact child wellbeing and family functioning more broadly, and (2) use that knowledge to develop evidence-based interventions that promote both fathers' and mothers' positive parenting and reduce risk for child maltreatment.

Research Projects

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