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Je’Kylynn Steen
Ph.D. Student, HDFS


PhD Human Development and Family Science, Auburn University 2021-Present
M.S. Health Promotion, Mississippi State University, 2019-2021
B.S. Human Development and Family Science, Mississippi State University, 2015-2019

Research interests
• Adverse childhood experiences
• Family conflict
• Health and social equity
• Mental health and well-being
• Program development and evaluation


Almond, L. & Steen, J. (2022, November). Application of reflective processes in undergraduate family life educator training. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the National Council on Family Relations Conference. Minneapolis, MN.

Robertson, M.N., Steen, J., Nadorff, M., & Buys, D. R. (May 2021). Mental health first aid: Role of Cooperative Extension. National Health Outreach Conference 2021 Annual Meeting (oral presentation).

Robertson, M. N., Hardman, A. M., Downey, L. H., Seitz, H. H., Stone, A., Steen, J., & Buys, D. (November 2019). Applying theory of planned behavior to predict intention to talk about opioids with family members. National Council on Family Relations 2019 Annual Conference (oral presentation).

Robertson, M. N., Seitz, H. H., Downey, Laura H., Hardman, A. M., Steen, J. S., Williams, D., Stone, A., & Buys, D. (November 2019). Increasing uptake of prescription drug take-back boxes: Eliciting preferences and applying the theory of planned behavior to predict use. American Public Health Association 2019 Annual Meeting (poster presentation).

Buys, D. R., Steen, J., Robertson, M. N., Seitz, H., Downey, L., Hardman, A., Stone, A., & Williams, D. (October 2019). Addressing the Opioid Epidemic: A Call to Action for Cooperative Extension. National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences 2019 Annual Meeting (oral presentation).

Steen, J., Moak, R., Sansing, A., Harris-Speight, J., Buys, D., Downey, L. (October 2018). Developing Public Health Modules to Complement a Community-based Health Education Program: A Case from MSU Extension’s Junior Master Wellness Volunteer Program. Delta Society of Public Health Education 2018 Annual Meeting (oral presentation).


Seitz, H. H., Robertson, M. N., Steen, J.,, Dulaney, S., & Buys, D. (in press). Development and pretesting of prescription opioid misuse prevention messages: Results and implications for practice. Health Communication.

Robertson, M.N., Seitz, H.H., Downey, L.H., Hardman, A.M., Steen, J. S.,, and Buys, D.R. (2022). Increasing uptake of prescription drug take-back boxes: Eliciting preferences and applying the theory of planned behavior to predict use. Health Education and Behavior. Advanced online publication.

Robertson, M.N., DeShong, H. L., Steen, J., Buys, D. R., Nadorff, M. R. (2021). Mental health first aid training for Extension agents in rural communities. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior [Special Issue], 51(2).

Steen, J., Robertson, M. N., Seitz, H., Downey, L. , Hardman, A., & Buys, D. (2019). Addressing the opioid epidemic: Defining cooperative extension’s role. Journal of Extension, 57 (6).

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

MAST Research Center, Professional Development Grant for Emerging Scholars, 2022

2020   Certified Health Education Specialist
2019   Certified Family Life Educator – Provisional

Fun Facts
If you could study any random thing other than HDFS/MFT, what would it be?
I would love to learn more about interior design!

Hobbies/hidden talents?
I enjoy spending time with my family, catching new movies, and listening to music or podcasts.

Childhood jobs?
Ticket Agent at Graceland Museum (Elvis Presley mansion).

What advice would you offer to someone thinking about graduate school?
Do as much research as possible! Put more thought into program fitness – not just the name or reputation. Graduate school is challenging, being in a program that is not a great fit will add much more stress.

Any lessons learned?
Have a plan but be flexible. Some things may not work out the way you imagined. Although it may hurt or be frustrating in the moment, everything will work out the way it was meant to be.