Shawna J. Lee

Shawna J. Lee, PhD


Affiliated Faculty

Shawna J. Lee, PhD ’05, is associate professor at the University of Michigan School of Social Work, where she is Director of the Parenting in Context Research Lab. Lee is a faculty affiliate at the Center for Human Growth and Development (CHGD) and at the Institute for Social Research, Research Center for Group Dynamics (RCGD). 

Lee’s research has been funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Lee has published more than 40 research articles and book chapters, with primary focus on child maltreatment prevention, fathers’ parenting behaviors and father-child relations, and the effects of parental corporal punishment on child wellbeing. You can learn more about Dr. Lee’s research and the Parenting in Context Research Lab at

Lee completed a joint doctoral degree in social work and psychology at the University of Michigan in 2005, where she was a National Institutes of Health pre-doctoral trainee in prevention research. Lee completed her postdoctoral training at the Columbia University School of Social Work.

Lee is an active member of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC), where she is currently a member of the Prevention Committee and recently helped to write the APSAC Position Statement Against the Use of Corporal Punishment. Lee teaches courses on research methods, program evaluation, and social policy.​