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Jay Fagan

Jay Fagan, Ph.D.





  • Ph.D. Columbia University, School of Social Work, May, 1988
  • M.S.W., University of Pennsylvania, School of Social Work. May, 1977.
  • B.A., Trinity College, Hartford, Conn. May, 1973. Major: psychology.

Research Interests

  • Fathers in at-risk families, including nonresident fathers, adolescent fathers, and Head Start fathers. 
  • Co-parenting relationships
  • Family structure influences on young children 
  • Child care


Jay Fagan, Ph.D., is Professor in the School of Social Work at Temple University and Principle Investigator and Co-director of the Fatherhood Research and Practice Network, funded by the Administration for Children and Families (Grant #90PR0006, OPRE).  His research has focused on at-risk fathers (nonresident, Head Start, adolescent fathers), coparenting in nonresidential families, family structure effects on young children, parent education and coparenting interventions for fathers, fathers and early childhood programs, fathering in the context of family processes, and the relationship between childcare and work-family balance among low-income women.  He is currently conducting studies on nonresidential fathers’ coparenting relationships and the effects of mother-father co-parenting relationships on at-risk fathers’ involvement with children. He published the textbook, Fathers and Early Childhood Programs (Delmar Publishing, 2004), with Dr. Glen Palm, and Clinical and Educational Interventions with Fathers (Haworth Press, 2001), with Dr. Alan J. Hawkins.  He has published more than 65 research papers on fathers in peer-reviewed journals. He was the founding editor of the journal, Fathering. He teaches human behavior and social environment courses at Temple University.