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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
  • workforce development of human services, with an emphasis on child welfare organizations


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.

Rienks earned her MA and PhD at University of Denver in developmental psychology with a specialization in quantitative research 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 has more than 14 years of experience in project management, research design, measurement, organizational needs assessment, consulting, curriculum development and data analyses. She has worked on several federally funded longitudinal studies focused on child and family well-being.

See CV.