Associate Scientific Director & Professor
Jennifer Pfeifer is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and the Director of the Developmental Social Neuroscience Lab at the University of Oregon. Her research focuses on the transition from childhood through adolescence which is characterized by changing brains and bodies, affect and motivation, peer relationships and conceptions of self — many strands which combine to shape behavior during this critical period. Dr. Pfeifer is interested in how affect, motivation, regulation, self-evaluation, and social perception interact across contexts, are instantiated at the neural level, as well as influence adolescent choices and well-being. She studies the development of these related phenomena at multiple levels, with the goal of enabling healthy transitions from childhood through adolescence and into adulthood. She is also interested in how functional brain development is affected by various endogenous and exogenous factors such as pubertal development and early adversity. Her work has been funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institute of Mental Health, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Science Foundation, and the Oregon Medical Research Foundation. You can follow her twitter feed @JennDSN.