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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, 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 parentingincontext.org. 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

Curriculum Vitae

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
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.
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 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, 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 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 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.
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.
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., 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 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 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.
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.
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., & 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 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 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 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 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., 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 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 Lee, S. J. (2015, May). Child development. Bergstrom Child Welfare Law Fellowship Training, University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, MI.
2014 Lee, S.J. (2014, January). Development of the Mobile Dad app to enhance father engagement in military families. Invited presentation given at the United States Air Force (USAF) annual research meeting, San Antonio, TX.
2014 Lee, S. J. (2014, April). Prevention of child maltreatment. Invited presentation to the University of Michigan School of Social Work Child Welfare Scholars, Ann Arbor, MI.
2014 Lee, S. J. (2014, March). Spanking of young children: Measurement and methods. Invited presentation to University of Michigan undergraduates in Psychology 353 Social Development course, Ann Arbor, MI.
2014 Lee, S. J., Inna, A., & Gershoff, L. (2014, May). Maternal warmth, not spanking, predicts positive child behavior. Paper presented at the annual convention of the Association for Psychological Science (APS), San Francisco, CA.
2014 Lee, S. J. (2014, January). Design and implementation of technology-delivered parent education for fathers in military fathers. Accepted for presentation at the annual meeting of the Society for Social Work & Research (SSWR), San Antonio, TX.
2014 Lee, S. J. & Grogan-Kaylor, A. (2014, July). Parental spanking of 1-year-old children and Child Protective Services involvement. Invited presentation to Fundamentals of Biostatistics; Health in Numbers - Quantitative Methods in Clinical and Public Health Research and Practice, University of Michigan School of Public Health, Ann Arbor, MI.
2014 Lee, S. J. & Taylor, C. A. (2014, July). Spanking babies and toddlers - to what end? International Family Violence and Child Victimization Research Conference, Portsmouth, NH.
2014 LeBlanc, S., Lee, S. J., Sendek, D., & Taylor, C. A. (2014, June). Calling all brave advocates: Engaging social norms regarding corporal punishment. American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC), New Orleans, LA.
2013 Lee, S. J. (2013, July). Spanking of young children: When evidence and practice collide. Invited presentation to University of Michigan School of Social Work SW 671 Policy Development and Enactment, Ann Arbor, MI.
2013 Altschul, I., & Lee, S. J. (2013, July). Warmth and positive parenting, not spanking, lead to positive child behaviors in early childhood. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association (APA), Honolulu, HI.
2013 Lee, S. J. (2013, October). Implementing technology-delivered parent education in social work contexts. Invited presentation and workshop for the University of Michigan School of Social Work Continuing Education Program, Ann Arbor, MI.
2013 Lee, S. J. (2013, October). Using technology to promote fathers' positive engagement with their babies. Invited presentation for the University of Michigan research symposium title Research on Fathers: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, Ann Arbor, MI.
2013 Lee, S. J. (2013, November). Mobile dad volunteer information training. Invited presentation for the U.S. Air Force Pediatrics Residents, SAMMC, Joint Base San Antonio, TX.
2013 Lee, S. J. (2013, November). The mobile dad project: A brief intervention to enhance father engagement in military families. Invited presentation fro the University of Michigan Center for Human Growth and Development (CHGD) seminar series, Ann Arbor, MI.
2013 Altschul, I., Lee, S. J., & Gershoff, L. T. (2013, January). It turns out that you do catch more flies with honey than vinegar: The association of maternal warmth and physical punishment with children's positive and aggressive behaviors. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Social Work & Research (SSWR), San Diego, CA.
2013 Lee, S. J., & Altschul, I. (2013, July). Warmth does not moderate longitudinal associations between spanking and aggression in early childhood. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association (APA), Honolulu, HI.
2012 Lee, S. J., Berger, L., & Grogan-Kaylor, A. (2012, January). Parental physical punishment of one year old children and risk for Child Protective Services involvement. Presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Social Work & Research (SSWR), Washington, DC.
2012 Lee, S. J. (2012, January). Parental physical punishment: Predictors, consequences, and interventions. Symposium organized for the annual meeting of the Society for Social Work & Research (SSWR), Washington, DC.
2012 Lee, S. J. (2012, September). Panel on TRCNC early career scholars. Invited presentation given at the Translational Research on Child Neglect Consortium (TRCNC), National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD.
2012 Bellamy, J. L., Dinata, E., & Lee, S. J. (2012, January). Adaptation of evidence based parent training interventions for fathers. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR), Washington, D.C.
2012 Bank, L., McBeath, B., & Lee, S. J. (2012, January). An experimental evaluation of parent training, unskilled parenting, and child welfare involvement for adults in the community corrections system. Presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Social Work & Research (SSWR), Washington, DC.
2012 Altschul, I., Lee, S. J., & Gershoff, E. T. (2012, January). The association of maternal physical punishment and warmth to children's aggressive and positive behavior. Presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Social Work & Research (SSWR), Washington, DC.
2012 Altschul, I., Lee, S. J., & Gershoff, E. T. (2012, January). Father's physical punishment and child externalizing behavior: A longitudinal examination. Presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Social Work & Research (SSWR), Washington, DC.
2012 Taylor, C. A., Al-Hiyari, R., & Lee, S. J. (2012, September). Attitudes and ideologies linked with approval of corporal punishment in the U.S.: An online comment content analysis. Paper presented at the International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN) meeting, Istanbul, Turkey.
2011 Lee, S. J. (2011, February). The prevalence and predictors of aggressive parenting among foreign- and native- born Hispanic parents. Wayne State University, School of Social Work Brownbag Presentation, Detroit, MI.
2011 Lee, S. J. (2011, September). Child neglect in father-involved families of young children: Implications for intervention and practice. Invited presentation given to Translational Research on Child Neglect Consortium (TRCNC), Iowa City, IA.
2011 Lee, S. J. (2011, October). Fathers and risk for child maltreatment: Overview of research and implications for intervention. Invited presentation given at Michigan State University School of Social Work Fall 2011 Research Brownbag series, East Lansing, MI.
2011 Altschul, I., & Lee, S. J. (2011, January). The influence of acculturation of Hispanic fathers' aggressive parenting practices. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Social Work & Research (SSWR), Tampa, FL.
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