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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.



Academic Positions

July 2008-present      Temple University, School of Social Work, Professor

July 2003-June 2005   Temple University, School of Social Administration
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

July 2002-June 03    Temple University, School of Social Administration, Acting Dean

July 1997 - June 2008  Temple University, School of Social Administration, Associate Professor

September 1990 - June 1997  Temple University, School of Social Administration, Assistant Professor

Course Involvement

  • SA 8403 Children and Families Human Behavior and the Social Environment
  • SA 3007 Human Behavior and the Social Environment
  • SA 5001 Human Behavior and the Social Environment



Fagan, J., & Palm, G. (2004).  Fathers and early childhood programs.  Clifton Park, NY: Delmar Publishing.

Fagan, J., & Hawkins, A.J. (Eds.) (2001). Clinical and educational interventions with fathers. New York: Haworth.

Recent peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters    

.          Fagan, J., Cherson, M., Brown, C.A., & Vecere, E.J. (in press).  Pilot study of a program to increase mothers' understanding of dads. Family Process.

.          Fagan, J., & Cherson, M. (in press). Maternal gatekeeping: The associations among facilitation, encouragement, and low income fathers' engagement with young children. Journal of Family Issues.

.          Icard, L., Fagan, J., Lee, Y., & Rutledge, S. (in press). Father involvement in the lives of children in foster care. Child and Family Social Work.  doi:10.1111/cfs.12196.

.          Fagan, J., & Kaufman, R. (2015), Coparenting relationships among low income unmarried parents: Perspectives of fathers in fatherhood programs. Family Court Review, 53, 304-316.

.          Fagan, J., & Kaufman, R. (2015). Reflections on theory and measures for fatherhood programs: Father invovlement and coparenting outcomes. Families in Society, 96, 135-142.

.          Fagan, J. (2014). A review of how researchers have used theory to address research questions about fathers in three large data sets. Journal of Family Theory and Review. 6, 374-384.

           F.          Fagan, J. (2014). Adolescent parents' partner conflict and parenting alliance, fathers' prenatal involvement, and fathers' engagement with infants. Journal of Family Issues. 35, 1415-1439. doi:10.1177/0192513X13491411

 ·         Fagan, J., Day, R., Lamb, M., & Cabrera, N. (2014). Should researchers conceptualize fathering and mothering differently? Journal of Family Theory and Review, 6, 390-405.

.          Fagan, J., & Lee, Y. (2014). Longitudinal associations among father's perception of coparenting, partner relationship quality, and paternal stress during early childhood. Family Process,

·          Fagan, J., & Lee, Y. (2013). Explaining the association between adolescent parenting and  preschoolers’  school readiness: A risk perspective. Journal of Community Psychology, 41, 692-708.

·          Fagan, J. (2013). Effects of divorce and cohabitation dissolution on preschoolers’ literacy. Journal of Family Issues. 34, 460-483. doi:10.1177/0192513X12445164.

 ·         Palkovitz, R., Fagan, J. & Hull, J. (2013). Coparental considerations in understanding, researching and facilitating father involvement and children’s wellbeing. In N. Cabrera & C. Tamis-LaMonda (Eds.), Handbook of father involvement (2nd ed., pp. 202-219).  NY: Routledge.

·         Fagan, J. (2013). Foreword. In J. Pattnaik (Ed.), Father involvement in young children’s lives: A global analysis (pp.  v-vii).  New York: Springer.

·         Fagan, J., & Cabrera (2012). Longitudinal and reciprocal associations between co-parenting conflict and father engagement. Journal of Family Psychology, 26, 1004-1011. 

·         Fagan, J., & Lee, Y. (2012). Effects of fathers' early risk and resilience on paternal engagement with 5-year-olds. Family Relations, 61, 878-892.

.         Cabrera, N. J., Scott, M. E., Fagan, J., Steward-Streng, N., & Chen, N. (2012). Co-parenting in married and cohabiting families and children's school readiness: A mediational model. Family Process, 51, 307-324.

 ·        Lee, Y, Fagan, J., & Chen, W-Y. (2012). Do late adolescent fathers have more depressive symptoms than older fathers? Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 41(10), 1366-1381.

·         Fagan, J., & Lee, Y. (2012). Effects of fathers' and mothers' cognitive stimulation and household income on toddlers' cognition: Variations by family structure and child risk. Fathering, 10, 14-158.

 ·        Icard, L.D, DiLorio, C., & Fagan, J. (2011). Fathers and HIV/AIDS: A missing factor in developing interventions but not in the lives of their children. Families and HIV/AIDS: Culture and contextual issues in prevention and treatment (pp. 135-152). New York: Springer.

·         Fagan, J. (2011). Adolescent fathers. In R. Levesque (Ed.), Encyclopedia of adolescence. New York: Springer Publishing.

·         Cabrera, N.J., Fagan, J., Wight, V., & Schadler, C. (2011). The influence of mother, father, and child risk on parenting and children’s cognitive and social behaviors. Child Development, 82, 1985-2005.

·         Fagan, J. (2011).  Effect on preschoolers’ literacy when never married mothers get married. Journal of Marriage and Family, 73, 1-14.

·         Fagan, J., & Palkovitz, R. (2011). Coparenting and relationship quality effects on father engagement: Variations by residence, romance. Journal of Marriage and Family, 73, 637-653.

·         Fagan, J., & Lee, Y. (2011). Do coparenting and social support have a greater effect on adolescent fathers than adult fathers? Family Relations, 60, 247-258.

·         Fagan, J., Lee, Y., Palkovitz, R., & Cabrera, N. (2011). Mediators of the relationship between stable nonresident households and toddler outcomes. Journal of Family Issues, 32, 1543-1568.

·         Farrie, D., Lee, Y., & Fagan, J. (2011). The effect of cumulative risk on paternal engagement: Examining differences among adolescent and older couples. Youth and Society, 43, 90-117.

·         Fagan, J., & Lee, Y. (2010). Perceptions and satisfaction with father involvement and adolescent mothers´ postpartum depressive symptoms. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 39, 1109-1121.

·         Laughlin, L., Farrie, D., Fagan, J. (2009). Father involvement with children following marital and non-marital separations. Fathering, 7, 226-248.

·         Fagan, J., Palkovitz, R., Roy, K., & Farrie, D. (2009). Pathways to paternal engagement: Longitudinal effects of cumulative risk and resilience on nonresident fathers. Developmental Psychology, 45, 1389-1405.

·         Fagan, J. (2009). Relationship quality and changes in depressive symptoms among urban married African Americans, Hispanics, and Whites. Family Relations, 58, 259-274.

·         Cabrera, N., Fagan, J., & Farrie, D. (2008). Explaining the long reach of fathers´ prenatal involvement on later paternal engagement with children. Journal of Marriage and Family, 70, 1094-1107.

·         Cabrera, N., Fagan, J., & Farrie, D. (2008). Rejoinder: Why should we encourage unmarried fathers to be prenatally involved? Journal of Marriage and Family, 70, 1118-1121.

·         Palm, G., & Fagan, J. (2008). Father involvement in early childhood programs: Review of the literature. Early Child Development and Care, 178, 745-759.

·         Fagan, J., & Press, J. (2008). Father influences on employed mothers´ work-family balance. Journal of Family Issues, 29, 1136-1160.

·         Fagan, J. (2008). Randomized study of a prebirth coparenting intervention with adolescent and young fathers. Family Relations, 57, 309-323.

·         Fagan, J., & Farrie, D. (2008). Fatherhood. In D. Carr (Ed.), Encyclopedia of the life course and human development (pp. 138-144). Florence, KY: Gale/Cengage Learning.

·         Fagan, J. (2008). Fathering programs and community services. In A.R. Roberts (Ed.), Social workers´ desk reference (2nd ed., pp. 918-922). New York: Oxford University Press.

·         Fagan, J. (2007). Research on children´s environmental programmatic efforts pertaining to fatherhood. Applied Developmental Science (Special Issue: Proceedings of the National Fatherhood Forum: Understanding the Impact of Fathers on Child Development), 11, 260-265.

·         Fagan, J., & Palkovitz, R. (2007). Unmarried, nonresident fathers´ involvement with their infants: A risk and resilience perspective. Journal of Family Psychology, 21.

·         Fagan, J., Schmitz, M., & Lloyd, J. (2007). The relationship between adolescent and young fathers´ capital and marital plans of couples expecting a baby. Family Relations, 56, 231-243.

·         Fagan, J., Bernd, E., & Whiteman, V. (2007). Adolescent fathers´ parenting stress, social support, and involvement with infants. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 17, 1-22.

·         Fagan, J. (2007). Foreword. In S. E. Brotherson & J. M. White (Eds.), Why fathers count: The importance of fathers and their involvement with children. Harriman, Tennessee: Men´s Studies Press.

·         Press, J., & Fagan, J. (2006). Spouse/partner involvement in childcare and perceptions of spouse/partner support for paid work. Journal of Family and Economic Issues, 27, 354-374.

·         Press, J., Fagan, J., & Bernd, E. (2006). Child care, work, and depressive symptoms among low-income mothers. Journal of Family Issues, 27, 609-632.

·         Press, J., Fagan, J., & Laughlin, L. (2006). Taking pressure off families: Child-care subsidies lessen mothers´ work-hour problems. Journal of Marriage and Family, 68, 155-171.

Grants & Contracts

Principal Investigator and Co-Director, Temple University Responsible Fatherhood Research Network. 5-year grant (2013-2018) funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Administration for Children and Families; Office of Policy, Research, and Evaluation (Grant #90PR0006).


My research focuses on fathers in at-risk families, including nonresident fathers, adolescent fathers, and Head Start fathers.  I have also conducted studies on co-parenting relationships, family structure influences on young children, gatekeeping, and child care.