Dr. Jessica Stern is a Research Scientist in the Dept. of Psychology 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.
Research scientist, University of Virginia
Postdoctoral research fellow, University of Virginia
University of Maryland, Ph.D.
Pomona College, B.A.
Grants and Contracts
Empathy Development in Infancy and Adolescence: The Role of Attachment
National Institute of Child Health & Human Development
The Moral Roots of Pro-Environmental Behavior
Society for Personality and Social Psychology
Enhancing security in the classroom to boost student empathy and helping
Society for Research in Child Development (Dissertation Award)
“I know how you feel”: Toward an intergenerational model of empathy and aggression in middle childhood
National Science Foundation (Graduate Research Fellowship)
National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD) National Research Service Award