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Jay Fagan

Jay Fagan, Ph.D.





  • PhD, Columbia University
  • MSW, University of Pennsylvania
  • BA, Psychology, Trinity College


Jay Fagan, PhD, is Professor in the School of Social Work at Temple University and Principal 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.

Research Interests

  • Childhood Development 
  • Family Relationships
  • Fatherhood
  • Parenting