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    Hello and welcome to my personal webpage! I am a doctoral student at the University of Michigan, pursuing a joint PhD in Social Work and Developmental Psychology. I have three broad research interests: (1) studying father involvement and father-child relationships among low-income families using a family systems perspective; (2) developing, implementing, and evaluating technology-based parent education programs that are inclusive of fathers; and (3) examining the role of the father in preventing child maltreatment early on. My aim is to triangulate these three areas of research to promote father involvement, positive parenting, and child development and wellbeing.


    My research is rooted in my experience working with low-income families and their children in a community-based youth empowerment program, as well as ongoing clinical work with a wide range of fathers (e.g., fathers with an alleged history of child maltreatment, primary caregiver fathers, low-income fathers). I use both quantitative and qualitative methodology in my research. Recently, I have begun to use big data from social media to examine fathers' and mothers' parenting, especially discipline-related, beliefs and behaviors.


    I completed my bachelor's degree in social work at Rutgers University-New Brunswick, New Jersey, and obtained my master's degree in social with a concentration in international social welfare at Columbia University, New York. In 2018, I obtained my second master's degree in developmental psychology at the University of Michigan--Ann Arbor, Michigan. I am currently a limited licensed social worker in New Jersey and Michigan. I use my clinical experiences and skills to inform research, and vice versa.

  • Curriculum Vitae 

  • Publications 

    Peer-Reviewed Journals

    • Lee, J. Y., Grogan-Kaylor, A. C., Lee, S. J., Ammari, T., Lu, A., & Davis-Kean, P. (in press). Stay-at-home mothers’ and fathers’ discipline-related tweets. Journal of Child and Family Studies. doi:10.1007/s10826-019-01691-3.

    • Albuja, A., Sanchez, D. T., Lee, S. J., Lee, J. Y., & Yadava, S. (2019). The effect of paternal cues in prenatal care settings on men’s involvement intentions. PLOS ONE, 14(5). e0216454. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0216454

    • Albuja, A. F., Sanchez, D. T., Lee, S. J., & Lee, J. Y. (2019). Early paternal support behaviors moderate consonant smoking among unmarried parents. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 80(1), 129-133. doi:10.15288/jsad.2019.80.129
    • Lee, J. Y., Pace, G.T., Lee, S. J., & Altschul, I. (2019). The associations of constructive and destructive interparental conflict to child well-being among low-income families. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Advance online publication. doi:10.1177/0886260519835872
    • Lee, J. Y., Gilbert, T., Lee, S. J., & Staller, K. M. (2019). Reforming a system that cannot reform itself: Child welfare reform by class action lawsuits. Social Work. Advance online publication. doi:10.1093/sw/swz029
    • Lee, J. Y., Volling, B. L., Lee, S. J., & Altschul, I. (2019). Longitudinal relations between coparenting and father engagement in low-income residential and nonresidential father families. Journal of Family Psychology. Advance online publication. doi:10.1037/fam0000612.

    • Volling, B. L., Stevenson, M. M., Safyer, P., Gonzalez, R., & Lee, J. Y. (2019). In search of the father-infant activation relationship: A person-centered approach. In B. L. Volling & N. J. Cabrera (Eds.), Advancing research and measurement on fathering and children’s development. Monographs of the Society of Research in Child Development, 84(1), 50–63.doi:10.1002/mono.12404.

    • Lee, S. J., Pace, G. T., Lee, J. Y., & Knauer, H. (2018). The association of paternal warmth and parenting stress to child behavior problems. Children and Youth Services Review, 91, 1-10. doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2018.05.020
    • Lee, S. J., Sanchez, D. T., Grogan-Kaylor, A., Lee, J. Y., & Albuja, A. (2018). Father early engagement behaviors and infant low birth weight. Maternal and Child Health Journal. Advance online publication. doi:10.1007/s10995-018-2521-2
    • Lee, J. Y., Knauer, H. A., Lee, S. J., MacEachern, M., & Garfield, C. (2018). Father-­inclusive perinatal parent education programs: A systematic review. Pediatrics, 142(1), 1-18. doi:10.1542/peds.2018-0437

    • Lee, J. Y., & Lee, S. J. (2018). Caring is masculine: Stay-at-home fathers and masculine identity. Psychology of Men & Masculinity. 19(1), 47-58. doi:10.1037/men0000079
    • Lee, J. Y., & Harathi, S. (2015). Using mHealth in social work practice with low-income Hispanic patients. Health & Social Work, 40(4)1-4. doi:10.1093/hsw/hlv078

    Books and Book Chapters

    • Lee, S. J., Lee, J. Y., & Chang, O. D. (2020). Characteristics and lived experiences of modern stay-at-home fathers. In H.E. Fitzgerald, K. von Klitzing, N. Cabrera, J. Scarano do Mendonca, & T. Skjothaug. Handbook of fathers and child development: Prenatal to preschool. Cham, Switzerland: Springer Nature.

    • Lee, S. J., Walsh, T. B., & Lee, J. Y. (2019). Mobile technology in social work practice. In L. Goldkind, L. Wolf, & Freddolino, P. P. (Eds.), Digital social work: Tools for practice with individuals, organizations, and communities (pp.54-71). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

    • Klika, B., Lee, S. J., & Lee, J. Y. (2018). Prevention of child maltreatment. In B. Kilka & J. Conte (Eds.), The American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children Handbook on Child Maltreatment (4th ed.) (pp. 235-251). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

    • Lee, J. Y., & Choi, J. H. J. (2016). Counseling handbook for the extraordinary self. Busan, Republic of Korea: Dong-A Press. 
    • Lee, J. Y., & Choi, J. H. J. (2014). Counseling handbook for the inner child. Busan, Republic of Korea: Dong-A Press.
    • Lee, J. Y., & Choi, J. H. J. (2014). Counseling handbook for the wounded mind. Busan, Republic of Korea: Dong-A Press.
    • Lee, J. Y., & Choi, J. H. J. (2014). Counseling handbook for young adults. Busan, Republic of Korea: Dong-A Press.
    • Lee, J. Y., & Paulino, E. (2014). The Mentors Assisting Children program: Guide for parents and caregivers. New Brunswick, NJ: Youth Empowerment Services.
    • Lee, J., & Paulino, E. (2014). The Mentors Assisting Children program: Guide for prospective mentors (2nd ed.). New Brunswick, NJ: Youth Empowerment Services.  
  • Media Coverage

    Caring is masculine: Stay-at-home fathers and masculine identity

    When men become stay-at-home-fathers (SAHFs), they develop new masculine identities that best support their caregiving role and experiences. Read more about our study on the Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity website.

    Innovative service delivery models for child welfare: Promoting positive father engagement

    The Fauri Memorial Conference is presented annually in recognition of former University of Michigan School of Social Work Dean and Vice President Fedele F. Fauri's accomplishment and leadership in child welfare. The 2015 conference presented the work of professors, practitioners, and service providers who study or work to promote positive father engagement. Read about the conference at the University website.

    Social Justice in Social Work Research PhD Poster Award Recipients

    On March 14, 2018, Alex Lu (MSW Research Assistant) and I received Doctoral Poster Awards at the School of Social Work's Social Justice in Social Work Research Symposium. Our poster was titled, "Spank, Smack, & Whoop”: Stay-At-Home Parents’ Spanking Tweets." The study examined stay-at-home mothers' and stay-at-home fathers' tweets about discipline and corporal punishment.

    Pediatrics Publication Press Release  

    On March 13, 2018, the systematic review my co-authors and I conducted on father-inclusive perinatal parent education programs in the United States was published in the journal, Pediatrics. Jared Wadley at the Michigan News did a press release of the publication. The press release can be found here.

    The Conversation Piece on the Need for Father-Friendly Parent Education Programs

    On March 13, 2018, my faculty advisor, Dr. Shawna J. Lee, and I published an article on the Conversation about the general lack of early parent education programs for expectant men. The piece was published in conjunction to the Pediatrics article and press release above. Just in time for Father's Day! We discuss why the lack of early father-friendly parent education programs may be a missed opportunity and introduce clinical practices and promising programs to remedy this gap. The article can be found here.

    Other News Articles Covering the Pediatrics Systematic Review

    Several other news media outlets covered the systematic review published in Pediatrics:


    U.S. News & World Report's Forgotten Fathers


    MarketWatch Opinion's We Want Men to be Good Fathers, But We Don't Help Them Learn How


    Pediatrics Journals Blog's All in for Dads!


    CBS 8' Publication of the Conversation piece 

    Joint PhD Program Newsletter Fall 2018

    In this newsletter, I talk about how I have been able to bridge social work and developmental psychology in the Joint PhD program in Social Work and Psychology. I mention being an important bridge that connects by two advisors' research. I also discuss how I have been able to create a comprehensive scholarship by combining developmental theories with dataset that may be of interest to social work researchers and practitioners. Read my story in depth here or check out the related YouTube video!  


    In this KUDOS article, I talk about the major findings of a study I published in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence on the role of interparental conflict in child behavior problems amongst poor children. Check out the KUDOS article here!

    Michigan News & More

    Michigan News, the School of Social Work, and the Department of Psychology from the University of Michigan covered the study I published in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence on the role of interparental conflict in child behavior problems amongst poor children. Check out these stories:


    Huffington Post

    Huffington Post covered the study my colleagues at Rutgers University and the University of Michigan and I published that examined the links between creating a father-friendly healthcare environment and the promotion of father involvement by increasing men’s feelings of comfort and expectations of involvement in prenatal settings.


    Fatherhood Research & Practice Network webinar

    Dr. Shawna J. Lee and I presented the Text4Dad program as part of the Fatherhood Research and Practice Network webinar on "Testing the Use of Cellphones and Online Resources to Engage Fathers and Improve Parenting." Check out the webinar recording and slides here.


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