Dr. Jennifer Doty is an Assistant Professor of youth development and prevention science in the Department of Family, Youth, and Community Sciences. Before joining the faculty at UF, she completed an interdisciplinary fellowship in adolescent health in the Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health, Department of Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota through a T32 training grant in Interdisciplinary Research Training in Child and Adolescent Primary Care. She received her doctorate from the University of Minnesota in Family Social Science with an emphasis on prevention.
Dr. Doty’s research interests are built around the idea that parent-child relationships and technology are key leverage points for improving adolescent health and well-being. Because few bullying prevention programs have included parents or addressed digital home environments that contribute to cyberbullying involvement, Dr. Doty focuses on engaging parents in the prevention of bullying and cyberbullying. She also views the online environment as a potential outlet for the dissemination of parent-based prevention programming for families. She leads a team developing a mobile app version of a parenting program for Latino/a families through community-based participatory research.
Dr. Doty teaches FYC4622 Planning and Evaluation of Family, Youth, and Community Sciences Programs, FYC 3001 Principles of Family, Youth, and Community Sciences, and FYC 3112 Contemporary Family Problems and Interventions.
A native of Chicago, Dr. Doty makes a point to visit the windy city a couple times a year. In her spare time, she enjoys her field work with three teenagers at home who have taught her more than a textbook ever could.
My research focuses on leveraging parent-child relationships and technology to promote adolescent health and well-being. Specifically, I am interested in engaging parents in the prevention of bullying and cyberbullying. I also work to unlock the potential of technology to support evidence-based parenting programs.