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Barton, Jennifer

Jennifer M Barton

Teaching Assistant
Department of Human Development and Family Sciences

Research Advisor is Elizabeth Gershoff

Office Location
SEA 1.432A

Postal Address
The University of Texas at Austin
108 E DEAN KEETON ST, Stop A2702
AUSTIN, TX 78712-1248

M.S., University of North Florida, Psychology

B.S., University of North Florida, Psychology (concentration in Child Psychology)

Jenny is a third year doctoral student in Human Development and Family Science at The University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests lie at the intersection of developmental science and social/health psychology. She is interested in how parents create and regulate healthy environments for their children. Specifically, she investigates the role of parents in determining what children eat (i.e., dietary intake), how children eat (i.e., feeding style), and how physically active children are. Her secondary line of research focuses on psychometric evaluation and measurement of self-related traits, such as self-efficacy and self-compassion. 

Nicholson, J.S., Barton, J.M., & Simons, A. (2018). Ability to Categorize Food Predicts Hypothetical Food Choices in Head Start Preschoolers. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 50, 238-246. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jneb.2017.09.026

Nicholson, J.S., Truelove, H.B., Barton, J.M., & Moulder, R.G. (2017). Measuring college students’ community service attitudes validly and efficiently: Development of a short version of the community service attitudes scale. Journal of Community Engagement and Higher Education, 8(4).

Allen, A.B., Barton, J., Stevenson, O. (2015). Presenting a self-compassionate image after an interpersonal transgression. Self and Identity, 14, 33-50. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15298868.2014.946958.

Most Recent Presentations:

Barton, J.M., & Allen, A.B. (2018, March). Presenting a Self-Compassionate Image: How Parental Relationships Impact the Desire to be Seen as a Self-Compassionate Person. Poster presented at the 19th Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychologists, Atlanta, GA.

Barton, J.M., Jacobvitz, D., & Nicholson, J.S. (2018, March). Where Do Parents Fit into Health Behavior Change?: Testing a New Theoretical Model. Poster presented at the Parenting and Family Dynamics preconference at the 19th Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychologists, Atlanta, GA.

Barton, J.M., Nicholson, J.S., Burke-Lefever, J., & Jacobvitz, D. (2017, November). Assessing the Stability of Nutrition Biomarkers in Two At-Risk Samples. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council on Family Relations, Orlando, FL. 

Simons, A., Barton, J., & Nicholson, J.S. (2017, April). Does Knowledge Predict Behavior?: Implications of a Preschool Nutrition Curriculum. Poster presented at the 38th Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Austin, TX.

Barton, J., Allen, A.B., & Hoyle, R.H. (2017, January). Determining the Best-Fitting Factor Structure of the Self-Compassion Scale. Poster presented at the 18th Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychologists, San Antonio, TX.

Barton, J., Nicholson, J.S., Simons, A., & Claxton, T. (2016, March). Parental predictors of nutrition biomarkers and implications for child functioning in a low-income Head Start sample. Talk presented during the Ameliorating Child Outcomes in Low-income Samples symposium at the 20th Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Human Development, Denver, CO.

Teaching Assistant, Research Methods (HDF 315L), Fall 2018

Teaching Assistant, Developmental Psychopathology (HDF 342), Spring 2018

Teaching Assistant, Personal and Family Finance (HDF 322), Spring 2017

Teaching Assistant, Developmentally Appropriate Practice with Young Children (HDF 338), Fall 2016