Dr. Jennifer Marshall is an Assistant Professor at the College of Public Health. She holds a BA in psychology and child development from the University of Washington, MPH and PhD in public health from the University of South Florida, and completed her post-doctoral research in special education and early intervention at the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Miami. Dr. Marshall’s research interests stem from over 25 years of professional experience in programs supporting teachers and parents of young children with developmental and behavioral challenges, special health care needs, and birth defects in settings such as Seattle Children’s Hospital, Head Start/Early Head Start programs in Colorado and Florida, and the YMCA.
Dr. Marshall conducts mixed-methods, community-based research in three primary areas: early identification of developmental issues; access to services and supports; and quality in health, education, and community services. Past projects include an examination of developmental screening and referral practices among health care, social services and early education agencies; parental recognition and response to developmental delays in young children (in the US and Malaysia); and enrollment and satisfaction with services following developmental screening.
Dr. Marshall’s current research agenda includes multidisciplinary child health and development research, and also research focused on special populations including children with developmental disabilities, chronic and rare diseases, and birth defects within the social and environmental of family, community, and services systems. Current projects include epidemiological and mixed-methods research with the USF Birth Defects Surveillance Program (BDSP) examining perinatal and childhood supports and services for parents of children with birth defects and developmental disabilities. Dr. Marshall is also the lead evaluator for two multicomponent program evaluations: the statewide Florida Maternal Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program and the Hillsborough County Infant Mental Health Uniting Grant initiative.
Dr. Marshall currently serves as Co-Chair of Hillsborough Community Parenting and Resources Coalition, APHA's Child Care and Children with Special Health Care Needs committees, and USF’s Community Garden Research Collaborative. Courses taught include Community Partnerships and Advocacy, Program Planning Methods in Community Health, Social and Behavioral Sciences Applied to Health, and Foundations of Maternal and Child Health.