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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
  • Evaluation of the Michigan Double Up Food Bucks Program - Supplement

  • SPH FPHLP Mentor, Preceptor, and Placement Site Impact Evaluation

  • Racial Impact Note: Assessment Tool for Civil Legislation in Michigan

  • Urban Neighborhood Initiatives (UNI) - PO

  • Community Health Worker COVID Vaccination-2021 Evaluation

  • Dental Hygiene Faculty Focus Groups - National

  • Child Analytics Supplement: Evidence Based Prevention

    Shawna Lee (Co-I)
  • Evaluation of Seed Change in Native Communities Project

  • ShareCare Evaluation 2021

  • Parenting from the Margins: Highlighting the Role of Racial Discrimination and Coping Strategies in Harsh Parenting Among African American Mothers and Fathers of Young Children

  • Evaluation of Survivor Experiences in the Washtenaw County Justice System

  • UM School of Public Health DEI Survey

  • 2021 National Food Hub Survey

  • Evaluation of the Michigan Double Up Food Bucks Program

  • Transforming Youth Suicide Prevention in Michigan - 3 (FY22)

    Ewell Foster, Cynthia (PI)
    Shawna Lee (Co-I)
  • Program Evaluator for Title II Contracts

  • Evaluation of the Young Adult Re-entry Initiative Supplemental Funding

  • Title IVE to Prevent Infant Mortality

    Shawna Lee (Co-I)
  • Faculty Focus Groups - Dentistry - PEG

  • Evaluation of Integrated Nutrition Supports Project

  • MiCHWA PEG Funding

  • National Association of Social Workers-Michigan Chapter (NASW-MI) Evaluation Work

  • Climate Survey for the School of Dentistry

  • Evaluation of the Young Adult Re-entry Initiative Supplement

  • Promoting Infant Health and Wellbeing by Engaging Father in Home Visitation: Detroit URC Award

  • Evaluation of a Youth Development Program

  • Culturally Responsive Evaluation of a Art-based Youth Development Program

  • Evaluation of Atlantic Impact Program

  • Culturally Responsive Evaluation of a "Green" Workforce Training Program

  • Culturally Responsive Evaluation of a Father Engagement Program

  • Culturally Responsive Evaluation of a Local MSM Sexual Risk Behavior Intervention

  • Evaluation of 482Forward Training Programs

  • Evaluation of the Detroit Justice Center Pre-Release Program

  • Evaluation of the Young Adult Re-entry Initiative

  • Transactional Family Processes Supporting Father Involvement and Child Socioemotional Wellbeing

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