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Shauna Rienks

Research Assistant Professor
PhD, University of Denver


  • couple and family relationships as they impact development across the lifespan
  • schools as a context for child and adolescent development
  • self and social identity with an emphasis on gender, ethnicity and culture


Research Assistant Professor Shauna Rienks has been a Research Analyst at the Butler Institute for Families since January 2013. The Butler Institute seeks to enhance the well-being of children, youth and families through child welfare research, professional development and organizational capacity building.

Reinks earned her MA and PhD at University of Denver in developmental psychology with a specialization in quantitative methods. Prior to joining Butler, she worked as researcher on a federally-funded, randomized, controlled trial evaluating an intervention designed to help couples with low incomes improve communication, problem solving, coping and parenting skills. Rienks is a skillful researcher with experience in project management, research design, measurement, curriculum development, grant writing, consulting and analyses with complex longitudinal datasets.

See CV.