Jeanne Brooks-Gunn

Visiting Research Collaborator
287 Wallace Hall

Ph.D. Human Learning and Development
University of Pennsylvania, 1975


Jeanne Brooks-Gunn is the Virginia and Leonard Marx Professor of Child Development at Columbia University’s Teachers College and the College of Physicians and Surgeons. She also co-directs the National Center for Children and Families, a center devoted to research, policy, and practice.

A life span developmental psychologist, she also conducts research on transitional periods focusing on school, family and biological transitions in childhood, adolescence, and adulthood.  She is interested in the factors that contribute to well-being and changes in well-being over the life course.  She has conducted several large scale birth studies where pregnant women or new mothers are followed, with their children, through life. Her books on these topics include Adolescent mothers in later life and Girls at puberty: Biological and psychosocial perspectives.