Sara Jaffee is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, where she is also the Director of the Undergraduate Honors Program and the Director of Graduate Studies. At the university, Jaffee also directs the Risk and Resilience Lab, which studies the interplay between biology and social context in children’s development
Jaffee is a developmental psychopathologist who conducts research on at-risk families and children. She is interested in how stressful environments exacerbate underlying genetic vulnerabilities to affect children’s development, with a special interest in children’s antisocial behavior. Her work combines longitudinal, epidemiological methods with genetically-informative research designs to better understand how risk and protective factors operate in children’s development.
Jaffee received her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.