Rebecca Shlafer, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Rebecca Shlafer

Contact Info

shlaf002@umn.edu

Office Phone 612-626-2134

Office Address:
General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health
717 Deleware St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Mailing Address:
General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health
717 Deleware St. SE
Delivery Code: 1932K
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Leadership Education in Adolescent Health Programs (LEAH), University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN

PhD, Child Psychology, Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

MS, Human Development and Family Studies, University of Wisconsin - Madison, Madison, WI

MPH, Maternal and Child Health, University of Minnesota School of Public Health, Minneapolis, Minnesota

BS, Human Development and Family Studies, University of Wisconsin - Madison, Madison, WI

Summary

Rebecca Shlafer, PhD, MPH, is an Assistant Professor in the Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health. Dr. Shlafer joined the faculty in September 2012 after completing a two-year, post-doctoral fellowship in the Division (2010-2012). Dr. Shlafer completed her BS (2004) and MS (2007) in Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, and her PhD (2010) in Child Psychology at the Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Shlafer's research focuses on understanding the developmental outcomes of children and families with multiple risk factors. She is particularly interested in children with parents in prison, as well as the programs and policies that impact families affected by incarceration.

Dr. Shlafer teaches the writing seminar for our interdisciplinary training program in Adolescent Health and routinely teaches undergraduate courses in Child Psychology, as an affiliate faculty member at the Institute of Child Development.

In addition to her research and teaching activities, Dr. Shlafer is a volunteer guardian ad litem in Hennepin County where she serves as an advocate for abused and neglected children involved in juvenile court.

Awards & Recognition

  • Outstanding Junior Mentor, Clinical and Translational Science Institute (2015)
  • Excellence in Child Health Advocacy, University of Minnesota Department of Pediatrics (2014)
  • New Investigator Award, Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (2012)

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