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Associate Professor, Social Work, University of Michigan

Shawna J. Lee, PhD '05, is associate professor at the University of Michigan School of Social Work, where she is director of the Parenting in Context Research Lab. Lee has published more than 50 research articles and book chapters, with primary focus on child maltreatment prevention, fathers' parenting behaviors and father-child relations, and the effects of parental corporal punishment on child wellbeing. Lee engages in extensive community-based research. She leads the design, implementation and evaluation of an intervention for low-income fathers, in collaboration with Healthy Start programs in Michigan. She collaborated with MDRC to create the DadTime parenting app. She is pilot testing a text messaging program for expecting and new fathers. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, Fatherhood Research Practice Network, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Michigan Health Endowment Fund, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. You can learn more about these projects and the Parenting in Context Research Lab at


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    Associate professor, social work, University of Michigan