Maureen Perry-Jenkins

Maureen Perry-Jenkins is a nationally renowned scholar and the Director for the Center for Research on Famlies at UMass Amherst. Her work focuses on the ways in which socio-cultural factors such as race, gender, and social class shape the mental health and family relationships of parents and their children. Using a longitudinal research methodology, Perry-Jenkins's research examines the work and family experiences of blue-collar families, with particular attention to the experiences of people transitioning to parenthood, their early return to paid employment and the effects on working-class parents' psychological well-being and personal relationships. Dr. Perry-Jenkins' contributions on the national, state, regional and university levels have had a profound impact on family research. 

Selected Publications:

  • Perry-Jenkins, M., Herman, R., Halpern, H., & Newkirk, K. (accepted).  Work-Family challenges for low-wage workers: Translating research to practice. Family Relations.
  • Perry-Jenkins, M., Smith, J. Z., Wadsworth, L. P., & Halpern, H. P. (2017). Workplace policies and mental health among working-class, new parents. Community, Work & Family,20(2), 226-249. doi:10.1080/13668803.2016.1252721
  • Perry-Jenkins, M., & Wadsworth, S. M. (2017). Work and family research and theory: Review and analysis from an ecological perspective. Journal of Family Theory and Review, (2), 219. doi:10.1111/jftr.12188.
  • Goldberg, A., Smith, J., & Perry-Jenkins (2012). The division of labor in lesbian, gay and heterosexual newly adoptive couples. Journal of Marriage and Family, 74(4), 812-828.
  • Perry-Jenkins, M, & Repetti, R., & Crouter, A.C. (2000) Work and Family: A Decade Review.  Journal of Marriage and Family, 62(4), 981-998.


family and work, developmental science, economic inequalities and mental health, family relationships, transitions to parenthood, working-class and low-income families