Jennifer Coffman

Associate Professor | Director of CFRN

Human Development and Family Studies

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Bio & Education

Ph.D., UNC-Chapel Hill


Jennifer’s program of research is directed toward understanding mechanisms of change in cognitive development and is directly influenced by her experiences as an elementary school teacher. Specifically, she is interested in the socialization of cognitive and affective functioning in young children. She examines a variety of factors in the home and school environments that may contribute to children’s acquisition of effective memory strategies, metacognitive knowledge, regulation, gratitude, and academic achievement. Additionally, she is interested in general questions regarding the contexts that support children’s adaptation and learning.

In addition to her own program of research, Jennifer is Director of the Child & Family Research Network, where she helps to unite UNCG scholars to improve the lives of children and families through collaborative and interdisciplinary inquiry. Learn more at the CFRN website.

Current Projects

Cognition in Context Lab