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Shawna J. Lee

Associate Professor of Social Work

Shawna J. Lee

Dr. Shawna J. Lee is an associate professor at the School of Social Work and a faculty affiliate at the Institute for Social Research, Research Center for Group Dynamics, where she is also a member of the Center for the Analysis of Pathways from Childhood to Adulthood (CAPCA). Dr. Lee completed a joint doctoral degree in social work and psychology at the University of Michigan in 2005, where she was also a National Institutes of Health pre-doctoral trainee in prevention research. She completed her postdoctoral training at Columbia University. Dr. Lee's research, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, examines fathers' parenting behaviors and risk for child maltreatment. In related studies, Dr. Lee examines the predictors and consequences of parental corporal punishment/ spanking of young children. Dr. Lee leads the mDad ("Mobile Device Assisted Dad") study. She is the creator of the mDad app, which uses smartphone technology to deliver basic parenting information, combined with tips and ideas for how dads can engage with their baby, to fathers of young children. She teaches courses on research methods, program evaluation, and social policy.

Research Interests/Focus

Father's parenting risk behaviors, child maltreatment, community-based interventions


Year Degree   School
2005 PhD Social Work and Psychology University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
2003 MS Psychology University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
2002 MPP Public Policy University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
2001 MSW Social Work University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
1997 BA Psychology University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Altschul, I., Lee, S. J., & Gershoff, E. T. (2016). Maternal warmth, not spanking, predicts positive child behaviors in the first five years of life. Journal of Marriage and Family. 78(3), 695-714.

Lee, S. J., Hoffman, G., & Harris, D. (2016). Community-based participatory research (CBPR) needs assessment of parenting support programs for fathers. Children and Youth Services Review. DOI: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2016.05.004

Taylor, C. A., Al-Hiyari, R., Lee, S. J., Priebe, A., Guerrero, L. W., & Bales, A. E. (2016). Beliefs and ideologies linked with approval of corporal punishment: A content analysis of online comments. Health Education Research.

Alford, B., & Lee, S. J. (2016). Toward complete inclusion: Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender military service members after Don’t-Ask-Don’t-Tell repeal. Social Work. DOI: 10.1093/sw/sww033

Lee, S. J., & Walsh, T. B. (2015). Using technology in social work practice: The mDad (Mobile Device Assisted Dad) case study. Advances in Social Work, 16(1), 107-124.

Lee, S. J., Altschul, I. & Gershoff, L. (2015). Wait until your father gets home? Fathers’ and mothers’ spanking and development of child aggression. Children and Youth Services Review, 52, 158-166.

Lee, S. J. & Altschul, I. (2014). Spanking of young children: Do immigrant and U.S. born Hispanic parents differ? Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 30(3), 475-498.

Lee, S. J., Grogan-Kaylor, A., & Berger, L. (2014). Parental spanking of 1-year-old children and subsequent Child Protective Services involvement. Child Abuse and Neglect, 38(5), 875-883.

Kim, J., Lee, S. J., Taylor, C. A., & Guterman, N. B. (2014). Dyadic profiles of parental disciplinary behavior and links with parenting context. Child Maltreatment.

Lee, S. J., Neugut, T., Rosenblum, K L., Tolman, R. M., Travis, W. J., & Walker, M. H. (2013). Sources of parenting support in early fatherhood: Perspectives of United States Air Force members. Children and Youth Services Review, 35, 908-915.

Lee, S. J., Taylor, C. A., Altschul, I., & Rice, J. (2013). Parental spanking and subsequent risk for child aggression in father-involved families of young children. Children and Youth Services Review, 35(9), 1476-1485.

Lee, S. J., Altschul, I., & Gershoff, E. T. (2013). Does warmth moderate longitudinal associations between maternal spanking and child aggression in early childhood? Developmental Psychology, 49(11), 2017-2028.

Lee, S. J., Sobeck, J. L., Djelaj, V., & Agius, L. (2013). When practice and policy collide: Child welfare workers' perceptions of investigation processes. Children and Youth Services Review, 35(4), 634-641.

Lee, S. J. (2013). Paternal and household characteristics associated with child neglect and Child Protective Services involvement. Journal of Social Service Research, 39(2), 171-187.

Lee, S. J. (2012). Paternal depression and the family context. Family Science, 3(3-4), 233-236.

Lee, S. J., Lansford, J. E., Pettit, G. S., Bates, J. E., & Dodge, K A. (2012). Paternal agreement of reporting parent to child aggression using the Conflict Tactics Scales. Child Abuse and Neglect, 36, 510-518.

Lee, S. J., Taylor, C. A., & Bellamy J. L. (2012). Paternal depression and child neglect in father-involved families of young children. Child Abuse and Neglect, 36, 461-469.

Brisebois, K., & Lee, S. J. (2012). Foster and kinship care: An examination of the legislation that aims to improve permanency and continuity of care in Ontario. Canadian Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences, 3(1), 101-114.

Lee, S. J. (2012). Child Protective Services. In J. L. Postmus (Ed.), Sexual Violence and Abuse: An Encyclopedia of Prevention, Impacts, and Recovery. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC - CLIO.

Lee, S. J., Altschul, I., Shair, S. R., & Taylor, C. A. (2011). Hispanic fathers and risk for maltreatment in father-involved families of young children. Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research, 2(2), 125-142.

Lee, S. J., Yelick, A., Brisebois, K., & Banks, K. L. (2011). Low-income fathers' barriers to participation in parenting programs. Journal of Family Strengths, 11(1), 1-16.

Altschul, I., & Lee, S. J. (2011). Direct and mediated effects of nativity and other indicators of acculturation on Hispanic mothers' use of physical aggression. Child Maltreatment, 16(4), 262-274.

Lee, S. J., Kim, J., Taylor, C. A., & Perron, B. E. (2011). Profiles of disciplinary behaviors among biological fathers. Child Maltreatment, 16(1), 51-62.

Lee, S. J., Perron, B. E., Taylor, C. A., & Guterman, N. B. (2011). Paternal psychosocial characteristics and corporal punishment of their 3-year-old children. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 26(1), 71-87.

Taylor, C. A., Manganello, J. A., Lee, S. J., & Rice, J. C. (2010). Mothers' spanking of 3-year-old children and subsequent risk of children's aggressive behavior. Pediatrics, 125(5), e1057-e1065.

Lee, S. J., Kim, J., Taylor, C. A., & Perron, B. E. (2010). Profiles of disciplinary behaviors among biological fathers. Child Maltreatment, 45(12), 1125-1134.

Taylor, C. A., Guterman, N. B., Lee, S. J., & Rathouz, P. (2009). Intimate partner violence, maternal stress, nativity, and risk for maternal maltreatment of young children. American Journal of Public Health, 99, 175-183.

Guterman, N. B., Lee, Y., Lee, S. J., Waldfogel, J., & Rathouz, P. (2009). Fathers and maternal risk for physical child abuse. Child Maltreatment, 14, 277-290.

Guterman, N. B., Lee, S. J., Taylor, C. A., & Rathouz, P. (2009). Paternal perceptions of neighborhood processes, stress, personal control, and risk for physical child abuse and neglect. Child Abuse and Neglect, 33, 897-906.

Lee, S. J., Bellamy, J., & Guterman, N. B. (2009). Fathers, physical child abuse, and neglect: Advancing the knowledge base. Child Maltreatment, 14, 227-231.

Lee, S. J., & Oyserman, D. (2009). Expecting to work, fearing homelessness: The possible selves of low-income mothers. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 39, 1334-1335.

Lee, S. J., & Oyserman, D. (2008). Possible selves theory. In E. Anderman & L. Anderman (Eds). Psychology of Classroom Learning: An Encyclopedia. Detroit, Michigan: Macmillan Reference USA.

Lee, S. J., Altschul, I., & Mowbray, C. (2008). Using planned adaptation to implement evidence-based programs with new populations. American Journal of Community Psychology, 41, 290-303.

Lee, S. J., Guterman, N. B., & Lee, Y. (2008). Risk factors for paternal physical child abuse. Child Abuse and Neglect, 32, 846-858.

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