Jennifer Shapka

Dr. Jennifer Shapka is a Professor in the area of Human Development, Learning and Culture at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. As a developmental psychologist, Dr. Shapka is interested in identifying how contextual factors are contributing to developmental wellbeing for children and adolescents. To this end, she was one of the pioneer researchers in Canada looking at the impact of what it means for kids to be growing up in a digital age, where technology has infiltrated most aspects of their lives. She is particularly interested in social-emotional and cognitive outcomes, and has published and presented on topics such as parenting around technology, cyberbullying, adolescent’s understanding of online privacy, and self-regulation around technology. Dr. Shapka is a Killam award winner, and she earned her PhD at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto.