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Shawna J. Lee

Director, SSW Program Evaluation Group, 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 an associate professor at the University of Michigan School of Social Work, where she is director of the Parenting in Context Research Lab and Director of the Program Evaluation Group (PEG). She is also 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).

Dr. Lee has published extensively on child maltreatment and child welfare, fathers' parenting behaviors and father-child relations, and the effects of parental corporal punishment on child well-being. Community-based practice and service to the social work profession are central to Lee's work. She currently leads the design, implementation, and evaluation of an intervention for low-income fathers, in collaboration with Healthy Start home visitation programs in Michigan. Lee's research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the Michigan Health Endowment Fund, and the Fatherhood Research Practice Network. You can learn more about her projects and the Parenting in Context Research Lab at parentingincontext.org.

Lee completed the Joint PhD Program 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 was a post-doctoral research scholar 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

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

Websites

https://ssw.umich.edu/faculty/profiles/tenure-track/shawnal
Year Description
2021 Ward, K. P., Grogan-Kaylor, A., Pace, G. T., Cuartas, J., & Lee, S. J. (2021, January). Predictors of Spanking across 60 Low- and Middle-Income Countries: A Multilevel Analysis. Poster at the annual Society for Social Work and Research.
2021 Ward, K. P., Grogan-Kaylor, A., Pace, G. T., Lee, S. J., & Ma, J. (2021, January). Examining 9 Forms of Parental Discipline across 60 Low- and Middle-Income Countries: A Bayesian Multilevel Analysis. Paper presented at the annual Society for Social Work and Research.
2021 Chang, O.D., Lee, S.J., Gershoff, E.T., Lee, J.Y., & Taylor, C.A. (2021, January). Examining parents' acceptability of physical punishment of children: A survey of parents of children ages 0-8. Poster presented at the Society for Social Work Research Annual Conference (virtual conference).
2021 Lee, J.Y., Lee, S.J., Lin, M., Albuja, A.F., & Volling, B.L. (2021, January). Challenges and joys of becoming a father: A qualitative study of low-income men's prenatal experiences. Paper presented at the Society for Social Work Research Annual Conference (virtual conference).
2021 Ward, K.P., Grogan-Kaylor, A., Pace, G.T., Lee, S.J., & Ma, J. (2021, January). Examining 9 forms of parental discipline across 60 low- and middle-income countries: A Bayesian multilevel analysis. Paper presented at the Society for Social Work Research Annual Conference (virtual conference).
2021 Lee, S.J. (2021, January). A snapshot of how American families are coping during a pandemic. Symposium organized for the Society for Social Work Research Annual Conference (virtual conference).
2021 Rodriguez, C.M., Lee, S.J., & Silvia, P. (2021, January). Predicting child abuse risk during the COVID-19 pandemic: Findings from a longitudinal study. Paper presented at the Society for Social Work Research Annual Conference (virtual conference).
2021 Lee, S.J., Ward, K.P., & Lee, J.Y. (2021, January). Parenting during a pandemic: Social isolation and risk for child maltreatment. Paper presented at the Society for Social Work Research Annual Conference (virtual conference).
2021 Lee, S.J., & Ward, K.P. (2021, January). Mental health, relationships, and coping during the Coronavirus Pandemic. Paper presented at the annual Society for Social Work Research Annual Conference (virtual conference).
2021 Ward, K.P., Grogan-Kaylor, A., Pace, G.T., Cuartas, J., & Lee, S.J. (2021, January). Predictors of spanking across 60 low- and middle-income countries: A multilevel analysis. Poster presented at the Society for Social Work Research Annual Conference (virtual conference).
2020 Grogan-Kaylor, A., Ward, K., Lee, S.J., Ma, J., Knauer, H., & Pace, G. (2020, January). Positive and negative discipline across 62 countries: Does normativeness matter? A Bayesian approach. Poster presented at the annual Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) Conference, Washington, D.C.
2020 Ward, K., Lee, S.J., Limb, G., & Grogan-Kaylor, A. (2020, January). Spanking and child externalizing behavior: An American Indian, African. American, and White comparison. Paper presented at the annual Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) Conference, Washington, D.C.
2020 Knauer, H., Grogan-Kaylor, A., Yang, C., Vanneste, A., Nichols, D., Lee, J., & Lee, S.J. (2020, January). The effectiveness of community and family-based programs on promoting refugee child mental health and development: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Paper presented at the annual Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) Conference, Washington, D.C.
2020 Knauer, H., Massey, K., Lee, S.J., & Altschul, I. (2020, January). Mothers' and fathers' pregnancy intentions and father involvement at 36 months. Paper presented at the annual Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) Conference, Washington, D.C.
2020 Ma, J., Lee, S.J., & Grogan-Kaylor, A. (2020, January). Adverse childhood experiences, parental spanking, and behavior problems in early childhood. Paper presented at the annual Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) Conference, Washington, D.C.
2020 Chang, O.D., Lee, S.J., Gershoff, E.T., Lee, J.Y., & Taylor, C.A. (2020, April). Examining parents' acceptability of physical punishment of children: A survey of parents of children ages 0-8. Poster presented at the Association for Psychological Science, Chicago, Illinois.
2020 Chang, O.D., Lee, S.J., Gershoff, E.T., Lee, J.Y., & Taylor, C.A. (2020, May). Is spanking the same thing as hitting? Parents’ definitions of spanking children and their associations with endorsement of physical punishment. Poster presented at the Association for Psychological Science, Chicago, Illinois.
2020 Todorovic, K., Devarasetty, P., Ward, K. P., Lee, S. J., Knox, M., & Andari, E. (2020, October). Evidence for a surge in child maltreatment and intimate partner violence during COVID-19. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Academy on Violence and Abuse Global Health Summit, Dallas, TX.
2020 Lee, S.J., Pace, G.T., Lee, J.Y., & Altschul, I. (2020, November). Emotional security theory processes among parents with low income: Moderation by parental relationship status. Paper presented at the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) Annual Conference (virtual conference).
2020 Lee, S.J. (2020, November). It takes two: Fathers’ and mothers’ interparental conflict behaviors and relations to parenting and child wellbeing outcomes. Symposium organized for the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) Annual Conference (virtual conference).
2019 Ward, K. P., Lee, S. J., Pace, G. T., Grogan-Kaylor, A., & Ma, J. (2019, November). Can attachment style buffer the effects of maternal spanking? A longitudinal investigation. Poster accepted for presentation at the 2019 National Council on Family Relations (NCFR), Fort Worth, Texas.
2019 Lee, S.J., Balu, R., & Walsh, T.B. (2019, March). Development and testing of a smartphone app to reduce fathers’ barriers to participation in fatherhood programs. Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research on Child Development (SRCD), Baltimore, MD.
2019 Lee, J.Y., & Lee, S.J. (2019, March). Development and initial acceptability of tailored messages for Text4dad to increase father engagement in home visitation. Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research on Child Development (SRCD), Baltimore, MD.
2019 Walsh, T., Seabrook, R., Tolman, R., Lee, S.J., & Singh, V. (2018, November). Identification of male intimate partner violence perpetration and victimization in healthcare settings: Perspectives from a nationally representative sample of young men. Paper presented at the 2018 NAPCRG Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.
2019 Walsh, T.N., Seabrook, R., Tolman, R.M., Lee, S.J., & Singh, V. (2019, January). How can healthcare settings be used to identify male intimate partner victimization and perpetration?: Perspectives from a nationally representative sample of young men. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Social Work & Research (SSWR), San Francisco, CA.
2019 Walsh, T.N., Jones, M., Tolman, R.M., Lee, S.J., & Singh, V. (2019, January). Early service experiences as a barrier or facilitator of subsequent service engagement: An examination of father engagement in prenatal and pediatric care. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Social Work & Research (SSWR), San Francisco, CA.
2019 Seabrook, R., Walsh, T.N., Tolman, R.M., Lee, S.J., & Singh, V. (2019, January). Prescription opiate misuse and IPV perpetration among young men. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Social Work & Research (SSWR), San Francisco, CA.
2019 Pace, G., Lee, S.J., & Grogan-Kaylor, A. (2019, January). Spanking and young children’s socioemotional development in low- and middle- income countries. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Social Work & Research (SSWR), San Francisco, CA.
2018 Ma, J., Grogan-Kaylor, A., & Lee, S.J. (2018, January). Associations of exposure to neighborhood disorganization and maternal spanking with children’s aggression using fixed-effects models. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Social Work & Research (SSWR), Washington, D.C.
2018 Klein, S., Grogan-Kaylor, A., Lee, S.J., & Ma, J. (2018, January). Is child abuse contagious? A longitudinal analysis of the geo-temporal spread of police-investigated child abuse. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Social Work & Research (SSWR), Washington, D.C.
2018 Pace, G., & Lee, S.J. (2018, January). A family systems approach to examining mothers' and fathers' parenting warmth and the development of early child behavior problems. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Social Work & Research (SSWR), Washington, D.C.
2018 Lee, J., Volling, B., Lee, S.J., & Altschul, I. (2018, January). Longitudinal and bidirectional relations between coparenting relationship quality and father engagement among diverse low-income families. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Social Work & Research (SSWR), Washington, D.C.
2017 Lee, S.J., Scharer, D., Black, P., & Hart, S. (2017, August). The Genesee County Healthy Start Engaged Father Program. Paper presented at the 2017 Michigan Home Visiting Conference, Grand Rapids, MI.
2017 Singh, V., Lee, S.J., Walsh, T., & Tolman, R. (2017, September). Fathers who perpetrate physical and technology-delivered intimate partner violence: Prevalence and correlates among a nationally-representative sample. Poster presented at the 6th Society for Advancement of Violence and Injury Research (SAVIR) National Conference, Ann Arbor, MI.
2017 Lee, J.Y., Altschul, I., & Lee, S.J. (2017, September). Child emotional insecurity mediates the longitudinal relations between intimate partner violence, destructive parental conflict, and children’s behavior problems. Poster presented at the 6th Society for Advancement of Violence and Injury Research (SAVIR) National Conference, Ann Arbor, MI.
2017 Taylor, C.A., Fleckman, J., Lee, S.J., Scholer, S., Branco, N., & Leblanc, S. (2017, October). U.S. pediatricians’ training needs and beliefs regarding advising parents about effective child discipline. Paper presented at the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN) European Regional Meeting 2017, The Hague, Netherlands.
2017 Balu, R., Lee, S.J., & Walsh, T. (2017, November). Incorporating behavioral science into a smartphone app to reduce fathers’ barriers to participation in fatherhood programs. Panel paper presented at the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) 39th Annual Fall Research Conference, Chicago, IL.
2017 Altschul, I., & Lee, S.J. (2017, January). Longitudinal cross-lagged associations between maternal spanking and child aggression are not moderated by race, although levels of spanking differ among racial groups. Paper accepted for presentation at the annual meeting of the Society for Social Work & Research (SSWR), New Orleans, LA.
2017 Walsh, T., Tolman, R., Lee, S.J., & Singh, V. (2017, January). Expectant fathers’ presence at ultrasound: Opportunity for engagement. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Social Work & Research (SSWR), New Orleans, LA.
2017 Lee, S.J., Singh, V., Walsh, T., & Tolman, R. (2017, January). What young men know about babies, and why it matters. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Social Work & Research (SSWR), New Orleans, LA.
2017 Tardif, T., Buschkuehl, M., Lee, S., Seitz, A., & Ulley, D. (2017, April). Conversation roundtable on using technology- and non-technology based interventions in underserved communities and families. Conversation Roundtable at the bi-annual meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD), Austin, TX.
2017 Lee, J., Volling, B., & Lee, S. (2017, April). Coparenting quality predicts low-income residential fathers’ involvement with their young children. Paper presented at the bi-annual meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD), Austin, TX.
2017 Walsh, T., & Lee, S. (2017, April). Supporting father engagement in military families. Paper presented at the bi-annual meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD), Austin, TX.
2016 Altschul, I., & Lee, S.J. (2016, January). Destructive and constructive marital conflict and their effects on child problem behaviors. Society for Social Work & Research (SSWR) Annual Meeting, Washington, DC.
2016 Lee, J., & Lee, S. J. (2016, March). Caring is masculine: A qualitative study of stay-at-home fathers. Oral presentation at the annual meeting of the American Men’s Studies Association (AMSA), Ann Arbor, MI.
2016 Lee, S. J., Singh, V., Walsh, T., & Tolman, R. N. (2016, August). What young men know about babies and why it matters. Accepted for the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association (APA), Denver, CO.
2016 Krings, A., & Lee, S. J. (2016, November). Austerity politics: what social workers need to know about emergency management laws. Accepted for the 2016 Annual Program Meeting (APM) of the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE), Atlanta, GA.
2016 Lee, S. J. Sanchez, D. T., & Grogan-Kaylor, A. (2016, January). Paternal perinatal support behaviors are associated with positive birth outcomes. Oral presentation at the annual meeting of the Society for Social Work & Research (SSWR), Washington, DC.
2015 Lee, S. J. (2015, May). Child development. Bergstrom Child Welfare Law Fellowship Training, University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, MI.
2015 Lee, S. J. (2015, July). Technology as a tool to engage dads. New Frontiers for Child Support Enforcement Innovation and Research Conference, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.
2015 Taylor, C.A., LeBlanc, S., Klika, B., Lee, S. J., & Maguire-Jack, K. (2015, June). Maximizing the practice relevance of the APSAC Prevention Guidelines. American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) Annual Meeting, Boston, MA.
2015 Taylor, C. A., & Lee, S. J. (2015, June). APSAC members’ opinions, training needs, and practices regarding advising parents about child discipline and corporal punishment. American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) Annual Meeting, Boston, MA.
2015 Taylor, C. A., & Lee, S. J. (2015, September). Attitudes, training needs, and practices of U.S. child abuse professionals regarding use of corporal punishment and providing relevant parenting advice. 2015 meeting of the International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse & Neglect (ISPCAN) Asia Pacific Regional Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, Malaysia.
2015 Altschul, I., & Lee, S. J. (2015, October). Effects of destructive and constructive parent conflict behaviors on child problem behaviors. Annual Program Meeting (APM) of the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE), Denver, CO.
2015 Lee, S. & Grogan-Kaylor, A. (2015, October). Parental spanking of 1-year-old children and CPS involvement. Presentation to Psychology 401, Ann Arbor, MI.
2015 Lee, S. J., & Fish, Q. (2015, February). Engaging fathers in social services: Strengths and challenges. Invited Continuing Education workshop for social work practitioners, School of Social Work, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.
2015 Singh, V., Lee, S. J., Epstein-Ngo, Q., Carter, P., Cunningham, Rl, Walsh, T., & Tolman, R. (2015, March). Men who perpetrate physical and technology-delivered intimate partner violence: correlates with substance use and beliefs about children. Society for Advancement of Violence and Injury Research, New Orelans, LA.
2015 Lee, S. J., Singh, V., Walsh, T. N., & Tolman, R. (2015, May). What young men know about babies and why it matters. Invited presentation to Child Health Evaluation and Research (CHEAR), Division of General Pediatrics, University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, MI.

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