Lieny Jeon

Jane Batten Bicentennial Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education


Lieny Jeon, Ph.D., is the Jane Batten Bicentennial Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education in the Educational Psychology and Applied Developmental Sciences program at the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Virginia. Before joining the faculty at the University of Virginia, she was the Jeffrey A. Grigg Associate Professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Education, where she maintains a courtesy appointment as an Associate Professor. She also serves as the Director of Early Childhood Initiatives at the Baltimore Education Research Consortium leading the Early Childhood Data Collaborative, which is a research-practice partnership with Baltimore City’s publicly funded early childhood programs. She received her PhD degree in Human Development and Family Science with a minor in Quantitative Methods at The Ohio State University. She completed her post-doctoral training in the Department of Defense Child Development Virtual Laboratory School at The Ohio State University. She is also the Associate Editor for the Early Education and Development.

Dr. Jeon’s research focuses on early care and education, family characteristics, and neighborhood disadvantage that impact children’s lives. She is passionate about early childhood educators’ well-being and workforce development and the way it impacts young children’s development. She is interested in improving the working conditions for early childhood educators and the early childhood workforce system. She also examines how early care and education buffers challenging home and neighborhood environments and maximizes children’s development. She is leading development and implementation of the Well-being First program, which is designed to support Head Start teachers’ resilience and organizational well-being.

Dr. Jeon directs the Well-being for Early Learning Lab ([researchwellab.com]WELLab). WELLab studies early care and education, as well as the health and well-being of children, teachers, and families. Our lab also works to promote equity in access and quality of educational and social services. WELLab maintains a number of collaborative partnerships with early childhood organizations in our community. Our hope is to more effectively translate our research findings into valuable contributions towards improving the health, education, and wellbeing of children, caregivers, and communities.

WELLab welcomes students who are interested in health and well-being of early childhood educators, families, and young children. Please email ljeon@virginia.edu to learn more about our work.

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