Jenn Burke LeFever

Jenn Burke LeFever

Assistant Research Professor

Ph.D., University of Notre Dame,

  • Developmental


Center for Children and Families
1602 North Ironwood, South Bend IN

William J. Shaw Center for Children and Families

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Dr. Lefever is presently involved in the data collection and management of four longitudinal multi-site projects pertaining to child abuse and neglect and its impact on early child development. The first two projects explore the influence of early risk factors (adolescent parenting, low socio-economic status, depression, etc.) on children‚s developmental trajectories. Two recent projects assess the ability of home-based parenting interventions to increase positive interactions between at-risk mothers and their children ˆ therefore preventing child abuse and neglect and its negative consequences.

Recent Publications

Borkowski, J. G., & Burke, J. E. (1997). Theories, models, and measurements ofexecutive functioning: Views from an information processing perspective. In G.R. Lyon & N. A. Krasnegor (Eds.), Attention, memory, and executive functioning (pp. 235-261). Baltimore: P. H. Brookes.

Sommer, K. S., Whitman, T. L., Borkowski, J. G., Gondoli, D. M., Burke, J., Maxwell, S.E., & Weed, K. (2000). Prenatal maternal predictors of cognitive and socioemotional functioning in children of adolescent mothers. Adolescence, 35,87-112.

Karrass, J., Braungart-Rieker, J. M., Mullins, J., & Lefever, J. B. (2002). Processes in language acquisition: The roles of gender, attention, and maternal encouragementof attention over time. Journal of Child Language, 29, 519-543.

Borkowski, J. G., Lounds, J. J., Willard, C. C., Lefever, J. B., & Whitman, T. L. (2004). Precursors of Mild Mental Retardation in Children with Adolescent Mothers. InL. Glidden, (Ed.) International Review of Research in Mental Retardation, Vol.29. San Diego: Elsevier.

Carothers, S.S., Borkowski, J.G., Burke Lefever, J., & Whitman, T.L. (2005). Religiosity and the socioemotional adjustment of adolescent mothers and theirchildren. Journal of Family Psychology, 19, 263-275.

Howard, K. S., Lefever, J. E. B., Borkowski, J. G., & Whitman, T. L. (2006). Fathers’ influence in the lives of children with adolescent mothers. Journal of FamilyPsychology, 20, 468-476.

Lefever, J. B., Nicholson, J., & Willard Noria, C. (in press). Uncertain Futures: Children of Adolescent Mothers. In J. G. Borkowski, T. Whitman, J. Farris, S. Carothers,D. Keogh & K. Weed (Eds.) Risk and resilience among at-risk mothers and their children. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

Lefever, J. B., Lanzi, R. G., Ramey, S. L., Guest, K. C., Atwater, J., Hughes, K. P.,Borkowski, J. G., & the Centers for Prevention of Child Neglect. (under review). Cell phones as windows into at-risk parenting.

Lefever, J. B., Borkowski, J. G., & Whitman, T. L. (in preparation). Prenatal risk factors and the cognitive, socio-emotional, and academic development of children of adolescent mothers.

Farris, J., Borkowski, J. G., Lefever, J. B., & Whitman, T. L. (in preparation). Children ofadolescent mothers at school: Protective factors that contribute to academic and socioemotional success.