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Department of Psychiatry Faculty

Photo: Jennifer Jester, Ph.D.

Jennifer Jester, Ph.D.

Contact Information


Primary Programs/Services:
Substance Abuse


  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Dept. of Psychology, Wayne State University
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship in Computational Neuropsychology, Salk Institute, La Jolla CA
  • Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore MD
  • B.S. in Electrical Engineering, Northwestern University, Evanston IL

Research Interest:

  • Child development in high-risk environments
  • Effect of parent drinking on child development
  • Interventions to prevent development of delinquency in youth

Academic Appointment:

  • Associate Research Scientist, Department of Psychiatry, University of Michigan

Recent or Representative Publications:

  • Jester, J.M., Buu A. & Zucker R.A. (2015) , Longitudinal phenotypes for alcoholism: Heterogeneity of course, early identifiers, and life course correlates, Development and Psychopathology, in press.
  • Jester JM, Steinberg DB, Heitzeg MM, Zucker RA (2015). Coping expectancies, not enhancement expectancies, mediate trauma experience effects on problem alcohol use: A prospective study from early childhood to adolescence J Stud Alcohol Drugs, in press.
  • Jester, J.M., Wong, M.M., Cranford, J.A., Fitzgerald, H.E., & Zucker, R.A. (2015). Alcohol expectancies in childhood: Change with the onset of drinking and ability to predict adolescent drunkenness and binge drinking, Addiction, 110, 71-79.
  • Buu, A., Dabrowska, A., Mygrants, M., Puttler, L.I., Jester, J.M., & Zucker, R.A. (2014). Gender differences in the developmental risk for onset of alcohol, nicotine, and marijuana use and the effects of nicotine and marijuana use on alcohol outcomes. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 75, 850-858.
  • Jester, J. M., Nigg, J. T., Puttler, L. I., Long, J. C., Fitzgerald, H. E., & Zucker, R. A. (2009). Intergenerational transmission of neuropsychological executive functioning. Brain and Cognition, 70(1), 145-153.
  • Jester, J. M., Nigg, J. T., Adams, K., Fitzgerald, H.E., Puttler, L. I., Wong, M. M., & Zucker, R. A. (2005). Inattention/hyperactivity and aggression from early childhood to adolescence: Heterogeneity of trajectories and differential influence of family environment characteristics. Development and Psychopathology, 17, 99-125.

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