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Shawna J. Lee

Director, SSW Program Evaluation Group, Professor of Social Work, and Faculty Associate, Research Center for Group Dynamics, Institute for Social Research

Shawna J. Lee

Dr. Shawna J. Lee is a professor at the University of Michigan School of Social Work. She is director of the Parenting in Context Research Lab and director of the Program Evaluation Group (PEG). Lee has published extensively on child maltreatment, fathers' parenting, father-child relationships, parenting stress and family functioning, and parental discipline. Recent research focuses on parenting and stress during the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the course of her career, Lee has been the PI or Co-PI of over $3 million research from entities such as the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

Lee was appointed director of PEG in 2019. Since then, separate from her research funding, Lee has led PEG in obtaining over $2.5 million in externally and internally funded evaluation projects. As a result, PEG has transitioned to financial independence and is thriving. Lee articulated four pillars to PEG's evaluation work: (1) community-engaged evaluation capacity building, (2) evaluation of diversity, equity and inclusion, (3) Title IVE educational programs and (4) food systems and food insecurity. PEG's commitment to community engagement is evident through multi-year projects supporting Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development New Human Service Partnership Grantees, evaluation of the Fair Food Network Double Up Food Bucks program and evaluation support to community partners such as the National Association of Social Workers - Michigan and the Michigan Community Health Workers Alliance, among many others.

In statewide service in Michigan, Lee worked with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Children's Services Agency (MDHHS CSA) to update the state child welfare certificate educational requirements. Lee established a collaboration with MDHHS CSA to support Title IVE funded educational programs for public universities in Michigan. She led the Michigan Child Welfare Inter-university Consortium to bring together 17 schools of social work in Michigan to ensure access to Title IVE funds for students across the state.

Research Interests/Focus

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

Education

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
Year Description
2021 Diversity and Inclusion in Men in Families Research Article Award
2019 2017 Article of the Year by the journal Child Abuse and Neglect
2018 Fatherhood Research Practice Network
2017 Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) Fellow
2012-2014 Elected Member of the Editorial Board, Research on Social Work Practice
2010-2013 Elected Member of the NSF-funded Center for the Analysis of Pathways from Childhood to Adulthood (CAPCA), Ann Arbor, MI.
2008 Young Scholar Travel Grant Recipient, NIH Translational Research on Child Neglect Consortium (TRCNC).
2008-present Elected Member of the Editorial Board, Child Maltreatment.
2007-2009 NIH Clinical Research Loan Repayment Program Recipient, Bethesda, MD.
2006 NIH Summer Institute Fellow, Institute on Design and Development of Quantitative Research on Social Work Interventions in Health, Chapel Hill, NC.
2005 Early Career Prevention Network (ECPN) Travel Award, Society for Prevention Research (SPR).
2004-2005 Daniel Katz Dissertation Fellowship in Psychology, Institute for Social Research & Department of Psychology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.
2003 International Positive Psychology Fellow, The Gallup Positive Psychology Center.
2002-2003 Training grant Daphna Oyserman (7/1/2002-6/31/2003)
2002-2003 Travel Grant from the Dean for SSWR conference
2002-2004 NIH Mental Health Prevention Research Pre-Doctoral Training Fellowship, Ann Arbor, MI.

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