Member Spotlight: Jennifer L. Doty

In the latest NCFR member spotlight...


Jennifer L. Doty, Ph.D., CFLE, has started a new position as assistant professor youth development and prevention science in the Department of Families, Youth, and Community Sciences at the University of Florida. Dr. Doty received her doctorate from the University of Minnesota in Family Social Science with an emphasis on prevention. She is the recipient of two NCFR awards: the Ruth Jewson Award for the Best Family Studies Dissertation Proposal (2014) and the Student Proposal Award from the Education & Enrichment Section.

Dr. Doty’s research interests are built around the idea that parent-child relationships and technology are key leverage points for improving adolescent health and well-being.  Because few bullying prevention programs have included parents or addressed digital home environments that contribute to cyberbullying involvement, Dr. Doty focuses on engaging parents in the prevention of bullying and cyberbullying. She also views the online environment as a potential outlet for the dissemination of parent-based prevention programming for families. She leads a team investigating the feasibility of using a mobile app version of a parenting program for Latino/a families through community-based participatory research. Her long-term goal is to build bridges between basic research and applied prevention settings. 


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