Dr. Jenkins' main area of work is about understanding emotion processes in children and in family life that help us to understand psychopathology in children.
Her background is in child development, family systems and developmental psychopathology and she started doing clinical work with children and families in 1979. She is involved in several broad areas of empirical work: the emotional organization of children with psychopathology, risk and resilience in child psychopathology (including within family differences in development) and theory of mind and emotion. In applied practice, Dr. Jenkins is interested in policy and program innovation at the clinical and population level that will improve the mental health of children.
Jennifer Jenkins is the Atkinson Chair of Early Child Development and Education and University of Toronto.
Prior to working at the University of Toronto, Dr. Jenkins worked at the Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond St.London and Stirling University. She obtained her PhD from the University of London. She has written extensively on emotional development and developmental psychopathology, including two books: Understanding Emotions (coauthored with Keith Oatley) and Human Emotions (coauthored with Keith Oatley and Nancy Stein), as well as numerous scientific articles (see links under Research Themes). She runs the Kids, Families and Places research study which is a sibling study of 500 families in the community. She teaches in the Collaborative PhD Program in Human Development, the School and Clinical Child and the Developmental Psychology and Education graduate programs at the University of Toronto.