Jenelle R. Shanley, PhD

Associate Professor
UC Box 
HPC-2, Room 277

Dr. Shanley’s research and clinical interests focus on parent-child interactions, parenting programs, evidence-based programs/practices, and dissemination and implementation of evidence-based program into community settings. Specifically, she has extensive experience with evidence-based parenting programs that address child behavior disorders, parenting issues, child maltreatment, and childhood obesity. Dr. Shanley’s research interests encompass parenting of young children and improving implementation strategies to reduce barriers to access and engagement in evidence-based parent support programs, with the long-range goal to better reach families and promote healthy child development through broad implementation and sustainability of these programs.

Dr. Shanley has extensive knowledge of and experience with national and international implementations of behavioral parent support programs, including the evidence-based programs Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and SafeCare®. Specifically, her experiences include training, consulting, and offering technical assistance with graduate students and community-based providers, and collaborating with agency administration and government personnel to plan, initiate and sustain these programs. She also has significant experience in developing, revising and adapting parenting curricula both for domestic and international implementations. Dr. Shanley’s recent research efforts include serving as the co-Principal Investigator of an NIH R21 grant (1R21HD094227-01A1) to assess the parenting culture and service system in Kenya to inform the adaptation and initial implementation of SafeCare for its first implementation in Africa.


  • Postdoctoral Fellowship (APA accredited), University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, 2008-2010
  • PhD, Clinical Psychology, Central Michigan University, 2008
  • Predoctoral Internship (APA accredited), University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, 2007-2008
  • MA, Clinical Psychology, Central Michigan University, 2006
  • BS, University of Washington, 2000, Psychology

Professional Membership

  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Division 37: Society for Child and Family Policy and Practice
  • Division 37, Section 1: Section on Child Maltreatment
  • Global Implementation Society (GIS)
  • International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN)
  • Society for Prevention Research (SPR)
  • Western Psychological Association (WPA)

Selected Recent Publications (*denotes student author)

Shanley, J.R., Musyimi, C., Armistead, L., Mutiso, V., Hunsinger, M., & Ndetei, D. (in press). Supporting parents to care for their young children: Feasibility evaluation of a newly adapted parenting program for delivery in Kenya. International Journal of Child Health and Human Development, 15(1).

Robbertz, A.S., Kim, S-J., Musyimi, C., Tuikong, S., Shanley, J., Mutiso, V., Hucks, O., Ndetei, D., & Armistead, L. (2022). Qualitative analysis of health literacy: Exploring a Kenyan community’s response to childhood illness. Health Promotion International, daac027. Advance online publication.

Swahn, M.H., Culbreth, R., Adams, S., Kasirye, R., & Shanley. J. (2022). Demographic and psychosocial risk factors for adolescent pregnancies among sexually active girls in the slums of Kampala, Uganda. African Health Sciences, 22, 152-159.

Ndetei, D.M., Mutiso, V.N., Musyimi, C.W., Gitonga, I., Tele, A., Birech, L., Mckenzie, K., Shanley, J.R., & Bhui, K.S. (in press). The feasibility of using life skills training in primary schools to improve academic performance. British Medical Journal of Psychiatry, 22, 131.

Staiano, A.E., Shanley, J.R., Kihm, H., Hawkins, K.R., Self-Brown, S., Höechsmann, C., Osborne, M., LeBlanc, M.M., Apolzan, J.W., & Martin, C.K. (2021). Digital tools to support family-based weight management for children: A pilot and feasibility mixed methods study. JMIR Pediatrics & Parenting, 4(1):e24714.

Shanley, J.R., Armistead, L., Musyimi, C., Nyamai, D., Ishiekwene, M., Mutiso, V., & Ndetei, D. (2021).  Engaging community voices to assess Kenya’s needs and infrastructure to support a child maltreatment prevention program.  Child Abuse & neglect, 111.

LeCroix, R., Chan, W.Y., Henrich, C., Palin, F., Shanley, J.R., & Armistead, L. (2020). Maternal HIV and adolescent functioning in South Africa: The role of the parent-child relationship. Journal of Early Adolescence, 40, 83-103.

Selected Recent Presentations (*denotes student author)

Shanley, J.R., Read, H., *Crandell, H., & *Wander, N. (May 2022). Community mental health use of evidence-based practices: Attitudes and utilization [Paper presentation]. 2022 Western Psychological Association (WPA) conference.

Shanley, J.R., Musyimi, C., Armistead, L.P., Mutiso, V., & Ndetei, D. (March 2022). Parents' and providers’ perceptions of an adapted parenting program newly implemented in Kenya [Paper presentation]. 2022 International Congress for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, Québec, Canada.

Shanley, J.R., Armistead, L.P., Ndetei, D., Mutiso, V., Musyimi, C., Ishiekwene, M.N., Nyamai, D. & *Brown, S. (September 2020). Integrating stakeholders' knowledge and formative data to adapt and implement a parenting prevention program in Kenya [Paper presentation session canceled].  American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children’s (APSAC) 27th Annual Colloquium, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Mutiso, V., Armistead, L., Shanley, J., Nyamai, D. Musyimi, C., & Ndetei, D. (November 2019). Exploring parenting practices and child maltreatment in urban Kenya [Paper presentation]. 13th edition of the Global Mental Health conference, Moshi, Tanzania.

Shanley, J.R., Armistead, L.P., Ndetei, D., Ishiekwene, M.N., Mutiso, V., Musyimi, C., Nyamai, D. & Malinda, S. (October 2019). Promoting child wellbeing through partnerships: Stakeholder input to inform cultural adaptations of a parenting program [Paper presentation]. 12th Annual Community Research and Action in the West (CRA-W) conference, Portland, OR.

Kibuka, N., Shanley, J., Ndetei, D., Mutiso, V. & Armistead, L. (October 2018). Enhancing Early Child Development through a Supportive Parenting Program: Illustration of a New Kenyan Initiative [Paper presentation]. AfECN 2018 International Early Childhood Development Conference, Nairobi, Kenya.

Shanley, J.R., Armistead, L.P., Mutiso, V., & Ndetei, D. (May 2018). Building a Stakeholder Task Force to Advance Prevention Science: A Case Study Illustrating the Development of a Task Force to Adapt a Parenting Program for Delivery in Kenya [Paper presentation]. Society for Prevention Research 26th Annual Meeting, Washington, DC.