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Jessica A. Stern

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Psychology, University of Virginia

Dr. Jessica Stern is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Virginia, where she studies human relationships, attachment, and empathy across the life span. She is especially interested in how first-hand experiences of love and connection allow children, teens, and adults to "pay it forward" through their treatment of other people.

Experience

  • 2019–present
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Virginia

Education

  • 2019 
    University of Maryland, Ph.D.
  • 2012 
    Pomona College, B.A.

Grants and Contracts

  • 2020
    The Moral Roots of Pro-Environmental Behavior
    Role:
    PI
    Funding Source:
    Society for Personality and Social Psychology
  • 2020
    Empathy Development in Infancy and Adolescence: The Role of Attachment
    Role:
    PI
    Funding Source:
    National Institute of Child Health & Human Development
  • 2018
    Enhancing security in the classroom to boost student empathy and helping
    Role:
    PI
    Funding Source:
    Society for Research in Child Development (Dissertation Award)
  • 2015
    “I know how you feel”: Toward an intergenerational model of empathy and aggression in middle childhood
    Role:
    PI
    Funding Source:
    National Science Foundation (Graduate Research Fellowship)

Honours

National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD) National Research Service Award