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Jennifer Pfeifer, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology, University of Oregon / Advisors

Jennifer H. Pfeifer is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Oregon. Prof. Pfeifer’s work aims to promote well-being in youth through a better understanding of social and motivational changes across adolescence, in part by leveraging knowledge about the neural and biological processes associated with these changes. She is especially interested in studying adolescent development of identity, values, and decision-making; as well as how these processes interactively relate to social affiliation, learning, and influence. Prof. Pfeifer’s ongoing research focuses heavily on the transition into adolescence, given the profound changes associated with puberty and brain plasticity experienced during this time. Her current work also explores the importance of autonomy for self-regulation and goal pursuit during the transition to college in late adolescence. Prof. Pfeifer’s research has been supported by grants and fellowships from the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Science Foundation, the Oregon Medical Research Foundation, and Autism Speaks. She received the Early Career Award from the Society for Research on Child Development, and currently serves on the board of Directors for the Center for the Developing Adolescent and as the Associate Scientific Director of the UO Center for Translational Science. Prof. Pfeifer received dual bachelor degrees in Psychology and International Relations from Stanford University, and her doctoral degree in Psychology from UCLA.