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Shawna J. Lee

Associate Professor of Social Work, School of Social Work and Faculty Associate, Research Center for Group Dynamics, Institute for Social Research

Shawna J. Lee

Shawna J. Lee, PhD '05, is 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.

In addition to her contributions to the social work profession through research and teaching, Lee engages in extensive professional service and community-based practice. She leads the design, implementation and evaluation of an intervention for low-income fathers, in collaboration with the Genesee County (Flint, MI) Healthy Start program. She is an active member of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC), where she recently helped to write the APSAC Position Statement Against the Use of Corporal Punishment.

Lee completed a joint doctoral degree in social work and psychology at the University of Michigan in 2005, where she was a National Institutes of Health pre-doctoral trainee in prevention research. She completed her postdoctoral training at the Columbia University School of Social Work. She teaches courses in research methods, program evaluation, social policy, and on specialized topics such as intervention to reduce use of corporal punishment.

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


Parenting in Context Research

Gershoff, E. T., Lee, S. J., & Durrant, J. (2017). Promising intervention strategies to reduce parents’ use of spanking and physical punishment. Child Abuse and Neglect.

Afifi, T. O., Ford, D., Gershoff, E. T., Merrick, M., Ports, K., Grogan-Kaylor, A., MacMillan, H., Holden, G., Taylor, C. A., Lee, S. J., & Bennett, R. P. (2017). Spanking and adult mental health impairment: The case for the designation of spanking as an Adverse Childhood Experience. Child Abuse and Neglect.

Lee, J. Y., & Lee, S. J. (2016). Caring is masculine: Stay-at-home fathers and masculine identity. Psychology of Men & Masculinity.

Lee, S. J., Krings, A., Rose, S., Dover, K., Ayoub, S., & Salman, F. (2016). Racial inequality and the implementation of emergency management laws in economically distressed urban areas. Children and Youth Services Review, 70, 1-7.

Altschul, I., Lee, S. J., & Gershoff, E. T. (2016). Hugs, not hits: Warmth and spanking as predictors of child social competence. Journal of Marriage and Family, 78, 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, 66, 76-84.

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, 61, 257-265.

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. (2015). Spanking of young children: Do immigrant and U.S. born Hispanic parents differ? Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 30(3), 475-498.

Lee, S. J., Altschul, I. & Gershoff, L. (2014). 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., 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, 19, 79-91.

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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