Welcome!

I am currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics (Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health) at the University of Minnesota. I received my PhD in child psychology from the Institute of Child Development (2010) and my MPH in Maternal and Child Health (2016) at the University of Minnesota. Prior to coming to Minnesota, I received my Masters and Bachelors in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Most of my research focuses on understanding the developmental outcomes of children and families with multiple risk factors. I am particularly interested in children with parents in prison, as well as the programs and policies that impact families affected by incarceration. In addition to my academic work, I served as a guardian ad litem for 10 years in the 4th judicial district.

Contact Information

Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health

University of Minnesota

717 Delaware Street SE | Room 382

Minneapolis, MN 55414

shlaf002@umn.edu | 612-625-9907