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Justin Jager

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Assistant Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 3701
Biography

Justin Jager is a developmental psychologist whose research is devoted to unpacking complex person-context interactions across adolescence and the transition to adulthood. The period spanning adolescence and young adulthood is marked by profound individual change. Although individuals enter this period as children dependent upon others, they (ideally) exit it as autonomous adults with a life, family, and career of their own. It is also a period when the surrounding world is in near-constant flux as relations with parents are renegotiated, relations with peers evolve and mature, and familiar contexts (the family home and high school) are replaced by new and unfamiliar ones (a dorm room/apartment, college, and work). Therefore, accurately mapping pathways through this critical period of development necessitates capturing the individual within context. Jager’s research takes this challenge head on.  More specifically, his research pays particular attention to (1) contextual transitions associated with early adulthood and their impact on functioning, and (2) the dual impact of distal/adolescent and proximal/early adulthood factors on subsequent adjustment. His more recent work also focuses on the family system and documents, through the latent modeling of dyadic and triadic data, agreement and disagreement among family members regarding family functioning and family relationships.

Education

Ph.D. Developmental Psychology, University of Michigan 2007

Research Interests

My research pays particular attention to (1) contextual transitions associated with early adulthood and their impact on functioning, and (2) the dual impact of distal/adolescent and proximal/early adulthood factors on subsequent adjustment. Some of my more recent work also focuses on the family system and documents, through the latent modeling of dyadic and triadic data, agreement and disagreement among family members regarding family functioning and family relationships.

Publications
  • Fiori, K., Rauer, A. J., Birditt, K. S., Marini, C., Jager, J., Brown, E., & Orbuch, T. L. (in press). I love you, not your friends: Links between partner’s early disapproval of friends and marital stability across 16 years. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.
  • Sangalang, C. C., Jager, J., Harachi, T. W. (in press). Effects of maternal trauma on family functioning and child mental health: An examination of Southeast Asian refugee families in the U. S. Social Science and Medicine.
  • Davis-Kean, P. E., & Jager, J. (2017). From small to big: Methods for incorporating large-scale data into Developmental Science. In N. A. Card (Ed.), Developmental Methodology. Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development, 82(2), 31-45
  • Jager, J., Putnick, D. L., & M. H. Bornstein. (2017). More than just convenient: The scientific merits of homogeneous convenience samples. Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development, 82(2), 13-30.
  • McCabe, S. E., Kloska, D. D., Veliz, P., Jager, J., & Schulenberg, J. E. (2016). Developmental course of nonmedical use of prescription drugs from adolescence to adulthood in the United States: national longitudinal data. Addiction. 111, 2166-2176. DOI:  10.1111/add.13504. 
  • Jager, J., *Mahler, A., *An, D., Putnick, D. L., Bornstein, M. H., Lansford, J. E., Dodge, K. A., Skinner, A. T., & Deater-Deckard, K. (2016). Early adolescents’ unique perspectives of maternal and paternal rejection: Examining their across-dyad generalizability and relations with adjustment 1 year later. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 45, 2108-2124. DOI:  10.1007/s10964-016-0509-z.
  • Fiori, K. L., Rauer, A. J., Birditt, K. S., Brown, E., Jager, J., & Orbuch, T. L. (2016). Social network typologies of Black and White married couples in midlife. Journal of Marriage and Family. DOI: 10.1111/jomf.12330. On-line first publication: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jomf.12330/full
  • Kulis, S. S., Ayers, S. L., Harthun, M. L., & Jager, J. (2016). Parenting in 2 worlds: Effects of a culturally adapted intervention for urban American Indians on parenting skills and family functioning. Prevention Science, 17(6), 721-731. DOI: 10.1007/s11121-016-0657-0.
  • Kulis, S. S., Jager, J., Ayers, S. L., *Lateef, H., & *Kiehne, E. (2016). Substance use profiles of urban American Indian Adolescents: A latent class analysis. Substance Use and Misuse, 51, 1159-1173. DOI: 10826084.2016.1160125.
  • Serra, M., De Pisapia, N., Rigo, P., Papinutto, N., Jager, J., Venuti, P., & Bornstein, M. H. (2015). Secure attachment status is associated with white matter integrity in health young adults. NeuroReport, 26(18), 1106-1111. DOI: 10.1097/WNR.0000000000000479.
  • Davis-Kean, P. E., Jager, J., & Maslowsky, J. (2015). Answering your developmental questions using secondary data. Child Development Perspectives, 9(4), 256-261. DOI: 10.1111/cdep.1215.
  • Keyes, K. M., Jager, J., Hamilton, A., O’Malley, P. O., Miech, R., & Schulenberg, J. (2015). National multi-cohort time trends in adolescent risk preference and the relation with substance use and problem behavior from 1976 to 2011. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 155, 267-274. DOI: org/10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2015.06.031.  
  • Jager, J., Keyes, K. M., & Schulenberg, J. E. (2015). Historical variation in young adult binge drinking trajectories and its link to historical variation in social roles and minimum legal drinking age. Developmental Psychology, 51(7), 962-974. DOI: /10.1037/dev0000022.
  • Jager, J., *Yuen, C.X., Putnick, D.L., Hendricks, C., & Bornstein, M.H. (2015). Adolescent peer relationships, separation and detachment from parents, and internalizing and externalizing behaviors: Linkages and interactions. Journal of Early Adolescence, 35(4), 511-537. DOI: 0.1177/0272431614537116.
  • Maslowsky, J., Jager, J., & Hemken, D. (2015). Interpreting latent variable interactions: Applications and extensions of the latent moderated structural equations method. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 39(1), 87-96. DOI: 0.1177/0165025414552301.
  • Jager, J., *Yuen, C.X., Bornstein, M.H., Putnick, D.L., & Hendricks, C. (2014). The relations of family members' unique and shared perspectives of family dysfunction to dyad adjustment. Journal of Family Psychology, 38(3), 407-414. DOI: /10.1037/a0036809. 5-
  • De Pisapia, N., Serra, M., Rigo, P., Jager, J., Papinutto, N., Esposito, G., Venuti, P., & Bornstein, M. H. (2014). Interpersonal competence in young adulthood and right laterality in white matter. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 26(6), 1257-1265. DOI: 10.1162/jocn_a_00534.
  • Davis-Kean, P. E., & Jager, J. (2014). Trajectories of achievement within race/ethnicity: “Catching up” in achievement across time. Journal of Educational Research, 107, 197- 208. DOI: 10.180.00220671.2013.807493.
  • Bornstein, M. H., Jager J., & Putnick, D. L. (2013). Sampling in developmental science: Shortcomings and solutions. Developmental Review, 33(4), 357-370. [Authorship in alphabetical order; all authors contributed equally] DOI: 10.1016/j.dr.2013.08.003.
  • Jager, J., Schulenberg, J. E., O’Malley, P. M., & Bachman, J. G. (2013). Historical variation in drug use trajectories across the transition to adulthood: The trend towards lower intercepts and steeper, ascending slopes. Development and Psychopathology, 25(2), 527-543. DOI: 10.1017/S0954579412001228.
  • Jager, J., Bornstein, M. H., Putnick, D. L., & Hendricks, C. (2012). Family members’ unique- perspectives of the family: Examining their scope, size, and relations to individual adjustment. Journal of Family Psychology, 26(3), 400-410. DOI: 10.1037/a0028330.
  • Maggs, J. L., Jager, J. Patrick, M. E., & Schulenberg, J. E. (2012). Social role patterning in the USA: Adolescent predictors and concurrent well-being across four distinct configurations. International Journal of Longitudinal Life Course Studies, 3(2), 190-210. 
  • Schoon, I., Chen, M., Kneale, D., & Jager, J. (2012). Becoming adults in Britain: What is a successful transition? Changing transition experiences and associated levels of wellbeing. International Journal of Longitudinal Life Course Studies, 3(2), 173-189. 
  • Fiori, K. L., & Jager, J. (2012). Social support networks and well-being across the lifespan: A longitudinal, pattern-centered approach. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 36(2), 117-129. DOI: 0.1177/0165025411424089.
  • Jager, J. (2011). Convergence and non-convergence in the quality of adolescent relationships and its association with adolescent adjustment and young adult relationship quality.
  • International Journal of Behavioral Development, 35(6), 497-506. DOI: 0.1177/0165025411422992.
  • Jager, J. (2011). A developmental shift in Black-White differences in depressive affect across adolescence and early adulthood: The influence of early adult social roles and socio- economic status. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 35(5), 457-469. DOI: 0.1177/0165025411417504.
  • Jager, J., & Davis-Kean, P. E. (2011). Same-sex sexuality and adolescent psychological well- being: The influence of sexual orientation, early reports of same-sex attraction, and gender. Self and Identity, 10(4), 417-444.  DOI: 0.1080/15298861003771155.
  • Davis-Kean, P. E., Jager, J., & Collins, W. A. (2009). The self in action: An emerging link between self beliefs and behaviors in middle childhood. Child Development Perspectives, 3(3), 184-188.
  • Davis-Kean, P. E., Huesmann, R., Jager, J., Collins, A., Bates, J., & Lansford, J. (2008). Changes in the relation of beliefs and behaviors across development. Child Development, 79(5), 1257-1269.  Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/27563551.
  • Merline, A., Jager, J., & Schulenberg, J. (2008). Adolescent risk factors for adult alcohol use: Stability and change of predictive value across early and middle adulthood. Addiction, 103(Supplement 1), 84-99. DOI: 10.1111/j.1360-0443.2008.02178.x.
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
FAS 500Research Methods
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
SOC 312Adolescence
CDE 312Adolescence
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
FAS 500Research Methods
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
SOC 312Adolescence
CDE 312Adolescence
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
SOC 312Adolescence
CDE 312Adolescence
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
FAS 500Research Methods
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
SOC 312Adolescence
CDE 312Adolescence
Editorships

Consulting Editor, American Psychologist

Associate Editor, Parenting: Science and Practice

Consulting Editor, Developmental Psychology                                                                    

 

Service
  • Organizer and Program Co-Chair, DEVSEC: Conference on the use of Secondary and Open Source Data in Developmental Science, 2018 Special Topic Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development.
  • Co-Chair, Finance Committee, Society for Research on Adolescence