Evelyn Jacobs Ortner Center on Family Violence

Sara Jaffe

School of Arts & Sciences, Department of Psychology

She is broadly interested in the links between exposure to violence and child and adolescent well-being. Her research tackles questions like: "What makes some children resilient to maltreatment and other forms of violence?" "Does a child's genetic makeup influence how sensitive a child is to violence?" "If some youth are more likely than other to be exposed to violence, are there social contextual factors that are protective?" and "To what extent does exposure to violence shape physiological stress response systems?"



In press:


Jaffee, S. R. (in press). Child maltreatment and risk for psychopathology. In T. Beauchaine & S. Hinshaw (Eds.), Child and Adolescent Psychopathology (3rd edition). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.


Jaffee, S. R., Takizawa, R., Merrick, M., & Arseneault, L. (in press). Supportive, stable, nurturing relationships buffer women with a history of maltreatment from poor physical and mental health. Psychological Medicine.





*Brumley, L., Jaffee, S. R., & Brumley, B. P. (2017). Hoping for the best: Expectations for the future mediate associations between adverse childhood experiences and health risk behaviors in the transition to young adulthood. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 46, 1-14.


*Chen, R., Rothman, E., & Jaffee, S. R. (2017). Early puberty, friendship group characteristics, and dating abuse in US girls. Pediatrics.


Jaffee, S. R. (2017). Child maltreatment and risk for psychopathology in childhood and adulthood. Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, 13, 525-551.





Jaffee, S. R., & Christian, C.W. (2014). The biological embedding of child abuse and neglect: Implications for policy and practice. Social Policy Reports, 28, 3-19.





Jaffee, S. R. (2013).  Family violence and parent psychopathology:  Implications for children’s socioemotional development and resilience (pp. 127-142). In  S. Goldstein, & R. B. Brooks (Eds.), Handbook of resilience in children, 2nd edition.  New York:  Springer.


Jaffee, S. R., Bowes, L., Ouellet-Morin, I., Fisher, H. L., Moffitt, T. E., Merrick, M. T., & Arseneault, L. (2013). Safe, stable, nurturing relationships break the intergenerational cycle of abuse: A prospective, nationally-representative cohort of children in the UK. Journal of Adolescent Health, 53, S4-S10. DOI: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2013.04.007


Jaffee, S. R., & Maikovich-Fong, A. K. (2013). Child maltreatment and risk for psychopathology (pp. 171-196). In T. Beauchaine & S. Hinshaw (Eds.), Child and Adolescent Psychopathology, 2nd edition. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.


Email: srjaffee@psych.upenn.edu