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Shawna J. Lee

Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Professor of Social Work, School of Social Work

Shawna J. Lee

Dr. Shawna J. Lee is professor and associate dean for faculty affairs at the University of Michigan School of Social Work. She is also currently the director of the Parenting in Context Research Lab and director of the Program Evaluation Group. She serves as Co-Editor-in-Chief for the academic journal Children and Youth Services Review. Lee has published extensively on child maltreatment, fathers' parenting, father-child relationships, parenting stress and family functioning, and parental discipline.

Lee co-led the Michigan Child Welfare Inter-University Consortium to bring together over 18 schools of social work to provide access to child welfare education and training for students across the state. She worked with the Michigan Children's Services Agency to update the state child welfare certificate educational requirements. Lee is principal investigator and the inaugural director of the University of Michigan's statewide Title IV-E educational program.

As director of the Program Evaluation Group (PEG), Lee has been awarded over $3 million in evaluation contracts and grants. PEG's evaluation work is focused on: (1) community-engaged evaluation capacity building; (2) evaluation of diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives; (3) assessment and monitoring for Michigan Title IV-E educational programs; and (4) evaluation of food insecurity prevention programs in Michigan.

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
Year Description
2024 Shawna Lee Named Co-Editor-in-Chief of Children and Youth Services Review
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
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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