Jenee' C. Duncan, M.S.

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Human Development and Family Science

Doctoral Candidate

225 Hoke Smith Annex
300 Carlton St.
Athens, GA 30602


workOffice Phone: 773-886-0522

Current Classes

HDFS 2100: Development Within the Family (Co-teaching with Dr. Chalandra Bryant)


Degree Field of Study Institution Graduation
M.S. Human Development and Family Science University of Georgia August 2014
B.S. Human Development and Family Studies University of Missouri August 2012


In general, my research interests include couple and marital relationship processes. I am specifically interested in contextual and dyadic influences that promote the formation and stability of healthy marriages among African Americans. In addition, I seek to understand how educational and outreach services can support these unions.

Current Research

I am currently examining the role of partner emotional expression on marital interactions. I am also involved in examining the impact of relationship and sex education programming on at-risk youth.


I provide training, technical assistance, and evaluation support to UGA Extension agents implementing youth-focused relationship education. Also, as part of the Georgia Personal Responsibility Education Program (GAPREP), I provide training and technical assistance to after-school and public health professionals implementing the Relationships Smarts curriculum to at-risk youth. 


Award Name Awarded By Year Awarded
Elizabeth T. Sheerer Scholarship College of Family and Consumer Sciences, University of Georgia 2013

Working Papers

Futris, T.G, Schramm, D.G., & Duncan, J. (under review). Preparing future child welfare professionals to strenghten couple relations.

Duncan, J., Futrus, T.G., Bryant, C.M., Oshri, A. (in preparation).The role of depressive symptoms and partner emotional expression on couple interactions.

Futris, T.G., Sutton, T. E., Duncan, J. (in preparation). Variations in the impact of youth-focused relationship education.

C.A.R.E. Laboratory

In the C.A.R.E lab, I am involved in research focused on evaluating youth-focused relationship education, the impact of relationship education training on future child welfare professionals, and how couple functioning impacts marital quality.