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Jennifer Hays-Grudo

Regents Professor of Human Development & Family Science



Jennifer Hays-Grudo, PhD, is a Regents professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Center for Health Sciences at Oklahoma State University. She is the Director and Principal Investigator of the Center for Integrative Research on Childhood Adversity (CIRCA), an $11.3M, five-year, NIH-funded center grant that coordinates research studies on the effects of trauma and poverty on children’s health and development. From 2008 to 2013, she was a George Kaiser Family Foundation Chair in Community Medicine at OU-Tulsa, where she led the Tulsa Children’s Project, a highly integrated set of interventions to reduce the effects of intergenerational poverty and adversity.  Before coming to Oklahoma, she was on the faculty of Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, where she led the Office of Health Promotion, and conducted NIH-funded research on the effects of the family on behavior and health. With Dr. Amanda Morris, she is the co-author of A developmental perspective on overcoming adversity, to be published summer 2019 by American Psychological Press, and is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Adversity and Resilience (Springer), first volume to be published March, 2020.


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