Dr. Jennifer Shapka is an Associate Professor in the area of Human Development, Learning and Culture, within the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education, at the University of British Columbia.
Dr. Shapka’s training is in the area of developmental psychology, and she is particularly interested in identifying how contextual factors are contributing to developmental wellbeing for adolescents. She has published work examining the impact of classroom context on achievement and career aspirations, the effect of parenting on pubertal timing, as well as the impact of being born to a teenage mother on the development of problem behaviours and school outcomes during adolescence. She is currently focusing on identifying how information technology impacts socio-emotional, cognitive, and physical outcomes adolescents and youth.
At the core of Dr. Shapka’s research is an interest in understanding development; in other words, how things change over time. Thus, she is very interested in different longitudinal methodologies and statistics for exploring developmental phenomena (i.e., growth curve modeling, structural equation modeling, etc.).
Arim, R.G. & Shapka, J.D. (in press). Pubertal timing and problem behaviors: The role of parental control as a moderator. Journal of Youth and Adolescence.
Dahinten, V.S., Shapka, J.D., & Willms, J.D. (in press). The relationship between early childbearing and adolescent behavioural and academic outcomes. Journal of Youth and Adolescence.
Arim, R.G., Shapka, J.D., Dahinten, V.S., & Willms, J.D. (in press). The onset of puberty in Canadian youth. Canadian Journal of Public Health.
Shapka, J. D., Domene, J.F., & Keating, D. P. (2006). Trajectories of career aspirations through adolescence and young adulthood: Early math achievement as a critical filter. Educational Research and Evaluation, 12, 347-358.
Domene, J.F., Shapka, J.D., & Keating, D.P. (2006). Educational and career-related help-seeking in high school: An exploration of Canadian students’ choices. Canadian Journal of Counselling, 40, 145-159.
Jenkins, J. M., Shapka, J. D., & Sorenson, A. (2006). Teenage mothers’ anger across the life course: Partner conflict, transitions and children’s anger. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 47, 775-782.
Shapka, J. D., & Keating, D. P. (2005). Structure and change in self-concept during adolescence. Canadian Journal of Behavioural Sciences, 37, 83-96.
Shapka, J.D. & Keating, D.P. (2003). Effects of a girls-only curriculum during adolescence: Performance, persistence, and engagement in mathematics and science. American Educational Research Journal, 40, 929-960.
Shapka, J.D. & Ferrari, M. (2003). Computer-related attitudes and actions of teacher candidates. Computers in Human Behavior, 19, 319-334.
Dr. Jennifer Shapka teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in the area of child and adolescent development, and is committed to a pedagogy in which deep learning can occur. Her graduate courses are taught in a seminar style and all students are expected to participate. Participation is also expected for her undergraduate courses, although the teaching style is a bit more formal and includes lecture, group work, and discussion.
EPSE 313 | EPSE 501 | EPSE 505 | EPSE 604 | EPSE 630 | ETEC 512
Dr. Shapka supervises both doctoral and master’s-level student. Most student’s become involved in her research projects and there are weekly lab meetings. If you are interested in pursuing graduate studies at the University of British Columbia within the area of Human Development, Learning, and Culture, and your research interests overlap with those of Dr. Shapka, please feel free to contact her by email or phone 604-822-5253.