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Jeff Jenson

Philip D. and Eleanor G. Winn Professor for Children and Youth at Risk
PhD, University of Washington


  • prevention of child and adolescent problem behaviors
  • school, family and community preventive interventions
  • after-school interventions for at-risk children and youth
  • intervention research


Professor Jeff Jenson is the Philip D. and Eleanor G. Winn Professor for Children and Youth at Risk. His research focuses on the application of a public health approach to preventing child and adolescent health and behavior problems and on the evaluation of preventive interventions aimed at promoting positive youth development.

Jenson has published seven books and more than 100 articles and chapters on topics of prevention and child and adolescent development. His research has appeared in leading journals, such as Prevention Science and the Journal of Adolescent Health. His 2014 book (with K. Bender), Preventing child and adolescent problem behavior: Evidence-based strategies in schools, families, and communities (Oxford University Press) is a comprehensive review of empirical evidence pertaining to the efficacy of preventive interventions for children and youth.

Jenson’s book (with M. Fraser), Social policy for children and families: A risk and resilience perspective, reviews current and promising public policies focused on social and health problems ranging from child abuse and disabilities to mental health and poverty. Widely adopted, Social policy for children and families received the 2008 Best Edited Book Award from the Society for Research on Adolescence.

Jenson is the recipient of the Aaron Rosen Award from the Society for Social Work and Research and the Distinguished Scholar and University Lecturer awards from the University of Denver. He is a former editor-in-chief of the journal Social Work Research and is an associate editor of the Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research. Jenson is a former board member of the Society for Social Work and Research and is currently treasurer of the Society for Prevention Research. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare and the Society for Social Work and Research.

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