Rebecca Shlafer, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Minnesota

PhD, Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota (Child Psychology)

University of Wisconsin - Madison (Human Development and Family Studies)

University of Wisconsin - Madison


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.