Lansford Named Distinguished Professor

 May 5, 2023


Distinguished Professor Reception
Jennifer E. Lansford (seated) with President Price and Interim Provost Francis at the May 4 reception. 
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Jennifer E. Lansford has been named the S. Malcolm Gillis Distinguished Research Professor of Public Policy in the Sanford School of Public Policy, effective July 1.

Lansford was honored at a May 4 reception recognizing new distinguished professors at Duke University.

Lansford is the director of the Center for Child and Family Policy within the Sanford School of Public Policy. Established at Sanford in 1999, the Center is dedicated to improving the well-being of children and families through research, education, and engagement. Lansford has been with the Center since 2000 and has long served on its leadership team.

A developmental psychologist, her research focuses on parenting and the development of aggression and other behavior problems in youth. 

She leads the Parenting Across Cultures Project, a longitudinal study of children, mothers, and fathers from nine countries (China, Colombia, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, Philippines, Sweden, Thailand, and the United States). She has authored more than 300 publications that focus on parenting and the development of aggression and other behavior problems during childhood and adolescence.

In her work, she has consulted for UNICEF on the evaluation of parenting programs in several countries and on the development of a set of international standards for parenting programs.

She is editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Behavioral Development; president-elect of the Society for Research on Child Development; and chair of the U.S. National Committee for Psychological Science of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. She is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science and the International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development.

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