Associate Professor of Sociology; Director of Canadian Studies, Brigham Young University

Kevin Shafer is Associate Professor of Sociology, Director of Canadian Studies, and Faculty Affiliate of the School of Social Work at Brigham Young University. His research addresses: (1) predictors of father involvement; (2) how mental health factors like such as depression and Adverse Childhood Experiences affect fathers, parenting, and child wellbeing; and (3) how contextual factors such as economic wellbeing, experiences of racism, and immigration status influence men’s mental health, wellbeing, and help-seeking behaviors. He conducts this work in the United States and Canada. His research has been funded by the Department of Health & Human Services and several private foundations. His work is currently being integrated into federally-funded intervention programs addressing fathering and men’s health.


  • –present
    Assistant Professor of Social Work, Brigham Young University


  • 2009 
    The Ohio State University, PhD