Shawna Lee, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor, School of Social Work
  • Research Faculty Affiliate, CHGD
  • School of Social Work
    3849 SSWB



Shawna Lee is an assistant professor at the School of Social Work and a faculty affiliate at the Institute for Social Research, Research Center for Group Dynamics, where she is also a member of the Center for the Analysis of Pathways from Childhood to Adulthood (CAPCA). Her primary research interests are father’s parenting risk behaviors, child maltreatment, and community-based interventions.  Dr. Lee completed a joint doctoral degree in social work and psychology at the University of Michigan in 2005, where she was also a National Institutes of Health pre-doctoral trainee in prevention research. She completed her postdoctoral training at Columbia University. Dr. Lee’s research, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, examines fathers’ parenting behaviors and risk for child maltreatment. In related studies, Dr. Lee examines the predictors and consequences of parental corporal punishment/ spanking of young children. Dr. Lee leads the mDad (“Mobile Device Assisted Dad”) study. She is the creator of the mDad app, which uses smartphone technology to deliver basic parenting information, combined with tips and ideas for how dads can engage with their baby, to fathers of young children. She teaches courses on research methods, program evaluation, and social policy.

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