Jean Kjellstrand

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  • Title: Assistant Professor
  • Phone: 541-346-6208
  • Office: 341A HEDCO Education Bldg


Dr. Kjellstrand will be accepting 1 - 2 PhD students in Prevention Science or Counseling Psychology for the upcoming academic year.

Her research and teaching interests focus on positive youth development and interventions to prevent problematic behavior among children in vulnerable situations. Dr. Kjellstrand's most recent research examines 1) the impact of parental incarceration on children and the specific mechanisms through which risk is transmitted, and 2) interventions to support incarcerated parents and their children both during the parents’ incarceration and after release. As a prevention scientist, she uses quantitative, qualitative, and intervention research approaches to examine the role of key malleable individual, family, and community factors on the development of children of incarcerated parents. Then, working closely with organizations and communities within a participatory framework, she uses this information to help guide the development and testing of interventions to strengthen and support families. Her work is informed and guided by her previous career as a social worker where she developed and coordinated a variety of individual, group, and community interventions for children and families in high-risk circumstances.


PhD, Portland State University
Major: Social Work

M.S., University of Wisconsin
Major: Social Work
Concentration: Mental Health

B.A., Carleton College
Major: Mathematics
Minor: Education

Honors and Awards

2013            NIMH Child Intervention, Prevention, and Services (CHIPS) Fellow. 

2013            Reach for the First R01 Workshop Fellow, Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, Columbia University Medical Center. 

2012            NIH Summer Institute on Social and Behavioral Intervention Research Fellow. 

2009            Portland State University Award of Excellence - top graduating graduate student.  

2009            Portland State University Commendation Award - top graduate student within Social Work.  

2007-2008    Fulbright Scholar, Umeå, Sweden - Project title: Child resilience: pathways to health in Sweden and the United States.  

2007-2008    The Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship (SYLFF). 

2007             American Scandinavian Foundation Award. 

2006-2008     Portland State University Laurels Award. 

2005-2006     Oregon Sports Lottery Scholarship.


Eddy, J.M., Kjellstrand, J., Schumer, J., & Martinez, C.R. (to be published 2018) A Consideration of the Meaning of Gender-Responsive Intervention during Reentry from Incarceration. In J. M. Eddy & J. Poehlmann (Eds.), Children of incarcerated parents: Multidisciplinary perspectives on research, intervention, and policy, 2nd Edition. Washington, DC: Urban Institute Press. 

Kjellstrand, J. (2017). Building a tailored, multilevel prevention strategy to support children and families affected by parental incarceration.  Children of incarcerated parents: Challenges and Promise. New York: Routledge.  

Kjellstrand, J. (2016). Building a tailored, multilevel prevention strategy to support children and families affected by parental incarceration.  Smith College Studies in Social Work Journal, 87, 112-129.  

Brennan, E., Rosenzweig, J., Malsch, A., Stewart, L. Kjellstrand, J. & Coleman, D. (2013). Supports for working parents of children with disabilities: A cross-national comparison of inclusive policies. Social Sustainability: A Multilevel Approach to Social Inclusion. New York: Routledge. 

DeGruy, J., Kjellstrand, J., Briggs, H.E., & Brennan, E.M. (2012). Racial respect and racial socialization as protective factors for African American youth. Journal of Black Psychology. 1-26. 

McClure, H.H., Kjellstrand, J.M., Eddy, J.M., Snodgrass, J.J., & Martinez, C.R. (2012). Child and adolescent affective and behavioral distress and elevated adult body mass index. Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 43(6), 837-854.  

Kjellstrand, J., Cearley, J., Eddy, J.M., & Martinez, C. R. (2012). Characteristics of incarcerated fathers and mothers:  Implications for preventive interventions targeting children and families. Children and Youth Services Review, 34 (12), 2409-2415.