Dr Jennifer Lavoie

Chancellor's Fellow - Global Challenges/ Depute Head of Institute for Education, Community & Society (Research)


Jennifer Lavoie is a Chancellor’s Fellow in the Moray House School of Education and Sport at the University of Edinburgh. Her research focuses on children’s interactions with the legal system as a means for ending violence against children. Broadly, she looks at children's experiences of justice after maltreatment or violence (e.g., through a Barnaus/Children's Advocacy Centre), children's perceptions of justice, and children's forensic disclosures of violence (e.g,  maltreatment and commercial sexual exploitation). Jennifer completed a Fulbright visiting research exchange (2017/18) at the University of California, Irvine, and a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Cambridge (2018/20).

Undergraduate teaching

Educational Studies 2a

Postgraduate teaching

Child & Adolescent Development

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Areas of interest for supervision

Jennifer is able to supervise PhD students who are working in the following topic areas:

Children and the legal system; Child maltreatment and child protection; Commercial sexual exploitation of children; child-friendly justice models; Forensic interviewing protocols; Forensic disclosure; Children; Adolescents; Developmental trajectories; Lying; Secrecy; Theory of mind; Justice; Moral development; Cognitive development; Conduct problems; Parent socialisation and parenting

Research summary

Children and the legal system; child maltreatment and child protection; commercial sexual exploitation of children; child-friendly justice models; forensic interviewing protocols; forensic disclosure; children; adolescents; developmental trajectories; lying; secrecy; theory of mind; justice; moral development; cognitive development; conduct problems; parent socialisation and parenting

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