Jennifer L. Coffman, Ph.D.
Associate Director for Training and Research, Center for Developmental Science
Research Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Research interests & goals:
Jennifer Coffman is a Senior Scientist and the Associate Director for Training and Research at the Center for Developmental Science. She is also a Research Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Jennifer’s program of research is directed toward understanding mechanisms of change in cognitive development and is directly influenced by her experiences as an elementary school teacher. Specifically, she is interested in the socialization of cognitive and affective functioning in young children. She examines a variety of factors in the home and school environments that may contribute to children’s acquisition of effective memory strategies, metacognitive knowledge, regulation, gratitude, and academic achievement. Additionally, she is interested in general questions regarding the contexts that support children’s adaptation and learning. As the Associate Director for Training and Research at the CDS, Jennifer is responsible for organizing the Carolina Consortium on Human Development (CCHD) Proseminar Series, assisting with administrative reporting functions, and coordinating the CCHD training program.