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Lieny Jeon: SOE Faculty 

Lieny Jeon Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
2800 N. Charles St
Baltimore MD, 21218


Lieny Jeon is an assistant professor (Research) at the Johns Hopkins School of Education. Her research focuses on early childhood education, family characteristics and neighborhood disadvantage that impact children’s lives. She is passionate about early childhood teachers’ social and emotional well-being and the way this impacts young children’s development. A great deal of her research interest focuses on the associations between teachers’ social-emotional capacity (e.g., depression, stress, efficacy, motivation, commitment, etc.) and children’s social and emotional learning. She also examines how early childhood education buffers challenging home and neighborhood environments, and maximizes at-risk children’s cognitive and social-emotional development.

During her postdoctoral training in Ohio State University's Virtual Lab School Project, an online professional development system for 34,000 military child-care personnel, she investigated reliable and validated research-based evidence to support the Virtual Lab School content, and conducted extensive data analyses on national, early-childhood-education data sets to discover innovative approaches to professional development. She is interested in finding creative ways to contribute to educators’ advanced professional development and social-emotional well-being.

Her research in this area has been published in national and international peer-reviewed journals, and one of her publications on early childhood teachers’ depression and children’s behavioral problems was featured in The New York Times. She also has presented her work in national and local conferences and served as a reviewer of peer-reviewed journals and conferences.


Ph.D., Ohio State University, 2013, Human Development and Family Science; Minor in Quantitative Methods, Psychology

M.S., Ohio State University, 2010, Human Development and Family Science

B.A., Sookmyung Women’s University, 2005, Child Welfare and Studies

Courses Taught

Grants and Contracts Awarded

The Effects of Family, Neighborhoods, and Child Care on Preschool Children’s Socio-Emotional Development (2012-2013). Lucile and Roland Kennedy Scholarship Fund in Home Economics. Dissertation Research Fellowship Grant. College of Education and Human Ecology, Ohio State University.

Recent Publications and Presentations

Jeon, L., Buettner, C. K., & Hur, E. (in press). Preschool teachers’ professional background, process quality, and job attitudes: A person-centered approach. Early Education and Development.

Jeon, L., & Buettner, C. K. (2015). Quality Rating and Improvement Systems and children’s cognitive development. Child & Youth Care Forum, 44(2), 191-207.

Jeon, L., Buettner, C. K., & Hur, E. (Mar, 2015). Child-care chaos and teachers’ emotional responses to children: mediation through teachers’ emotion regulation and coping. Paper presentation at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Hur, E., Buettner, C. K., & Jeon, L. (2015). The association between teachers’ child-centered belief and children’s academic achievement: The indirect effect of children’s behavioral self-regulation. Child and Youth Care Forum, 44(2), 309-325.

Hur, E., Buettner, C. K., & Jeon, L. (2015). Parental depressive symptoms and children’s school-readiness: The indirect effect of household chaos. Journal of Child and Family Studies. Advanced Online Publication.

Buettner, C. K., Hur, E., Jeon, L., & Andrews, D. W. (2015). What are we teaching the teachers? Child development curricula in US higher education. Child and Youth Care Forum. Advanced Online Publication.

Jeon, L., Buettner, C. K., & Snyder, A. R. (2014). Pathways from teacher depression and child-care quality to child behavioral problems. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 82(2), 225-235.

       - Featured in Motherlode parenting column, When the Teacher is Depressed. New York Times, June 5. 2014.

Jeon, L., Buettner, C. K., & Hur, E. (2014). Family and neighborhood disadvantage, home environment, and children’s school readiness. Journal of Family Psychology, 28(5), 718-727.

Jeon, L., Buettner, C. K., & Hur, E. (2014). Examining pre-school classroom quality in statewide Quality Rating and Improvement System. Child & Youth Care Forum, 43(4), 469-487.

Jeon, L., Buettner, C. K., & Hur, E. (July, 2014). Profiles of early child-care teachers’ competence and distress: Findings from a study of a Quality Rating and Improvement System. Poster presentation at the Head Start’s 12th National Research Conference, Washington, D.C.

Jeon, L., Buettner, C. K., & Hur, E. (May, 2014). The moderating effects of Quality Rating and Improvement Systems: On the relationship between family disadvantage and children's cognitive skills. Poster presentation at the 22nd annual meeting of Society for Prevention Research, Washington, D.C.

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