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Jennie Jester, Ph.D.

Associate Research Scientist, Department of Psychiatry

Jennifer Jester, Ph.D. has worked with data from the Michigan Longitudinal Study (MLS) for the past 15 years. The MLS has a wealth of data on children of alcoholic men, spanning over 28 years. Dr. Jester has studied various aspects of development of the children and alcoholism in the adults, using sophisticated longitudinal data analysis.

Dr. Jester's work has included latent trajectory class analysis, latent growth modeling, structural equation modeling, measurement invariance, and confirmatory factor analysis. She is interested in the development of children in high-risk environments and in developing interventions to promote well-being of children in adverse circumstances.



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Research Interests:

  • Child development in high-risk environments
  • Examining of the association between alcohol or drug use and risk for suicide
  • Effect of parent drinking on child development
  • Interventions to prevent development of delinquency in youth


Postdoctoral Fellowship, Dept. of Psychology, Wayne State University

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Computational Neuropsychology, Salk Institute

Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

B.S., Electrical Engineering, Northwestern University