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Jenna Lawlor
Ph.D. Student, HDFS


M.S. Marriage, Family, and Human Development, Brigham Young University, 2022
B.S. Behavioral Science, Utah Valley University, 2019

Research interests
• Relationship and sex education
• Program development and evaluation
• Mindfulness
• Parent-child sex communication

Allsop, D. B., Leavitt, C. E., Saxey, M. T., Lawlor, J. M., Yorgason, J. B., & James, S. L. (2021). How Empathy Moderates Associations Between Sexual and Relational Satisfaction. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, 47(6), 545-557.

Leavitt, C. E., Price, A. A., Brown, A. L., Lawlor, J. M., Eyring, J. B., & Allsop, D. B. (2021). Mindful Parents and Adolescent Sexual Communication and Outcomes. Journal of Child and Adolescent Behavior, 9(6), 1-9.

Boden, J., Fawcett, E., Whitlock, T., Christensen, K., Topham, T., Wallace, T., Lawlor, J. M., Cox, A., Lloyd, C. (2020, November). Sexual debut of LDS couples: A qualitative study [Paper presentation]. National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, Virtual

Hall, J. (2019, February). Depression and Leadership: Finding Your Strengths [Conference workshop]. UVU Student Leadership and Mentoring Conference, Orem, UT, United States. Leavitt, C. E., & Lawlor, J. M., (2022, July). The Sexual Mindfulness Project [Conference workshop]. The National Association for Relationship & Marriage Education (NARME), Salt Lake City, UT, United States.

Master’s thesis: Lawlor, J. M., (2022). Online Sexual Mindfulness Intervention for Black and Interracial Couples: A Pilot Study [Unpublished master’s thesis]. Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.

Research projects
• Graduate Research Assistant – Alabama Healthy Marriage & Relationship Education Initiative

• 2021 Sexual Mindfulness Facilitator (Sexual Mindfulness Project)
• 2020 Love Notes Facilitator (Dibble Institute) expires October 2023
• 2019 Provisional Certified Family Life Educator (NCFR) expires May 2025

Fun Facts
Favorite books/movies?
Favorite movie - About Time

Hobbies/hidden talents?
I love snowboarding! (or at least I did until I moved to a state without snow). Nowadays I enjoy the warm weather through evening walks and biking.

If you could study any random thing other than HDFS/MFT, what would it be?
Creative Writing. I love stories and I hope to write a book someday.

What advice would you offer to someone thinking about graduate school?
Choose an advisor who you admire and want to become like: as a researcher and as a person. Also, be kind to yourself. Graduate school is a learning experience, so enjoy the journey! Setbacks, mistakes, and rejection are part of the journey. Practicing a growth mindset and self-compassion can help you stay motivated and feel peace even when graduate school becomes difficult.