PhD, Family Studies and Human Development, University of Arizona (2015)
Cohort Three Fellow


Dr. Jennifer Mortensen earned her M.S. in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2009 and recently completed her Ph.D. in Family Studies and Human Development at the University of Arizona (May 2015). Within HDFS, her area of specialization includes ecological and transactional approaches to understanding early childhood development within and across different contexts. Her research primarily focuses on the direct and interactive nature of caregiver-child processes as they relate to socio-emotional development, as well as the role of early care and education settings in facilitating young children's development, especially for those facing risk such as economic hardship or maltreatment. She has taught a variety of HDFS courses at the University of Nevada, Reno and the University of Arizona related to lifespan development, early childhood education, and infant/toddler and early childhood development, and is a committed advocate for early childhood and family policy.