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Lieny Jeon

  • Assistant professor of Education


  • IDEALS Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Education
  • School of Education

Lieny Jeon’s research focuses on early care and education, family characteristics, and neighborhood disadvantages that impact children’s lives. In particular, she looks at the social and emotional well-being and workforce development of early childhood educators and how they impact child development. In one angle, she looked at how early care and educational buffers in challenging home and neighborhood environments maximize development of at-risk children.

Her research has been published in national and international peer-reviewed journals, and featured in the New York Times.

In 2019, Johns Hopkins University's 21st Century Cities Initiative, a hub for urban research, awarded 15 seed grants to faculty and doctoral researchers pursuing projects in Baltimore and beyond, including one including Jeon. The research project, "Breaking the 'Preschool-to-Prison Pipeline,'" is a partnership with Baltimore City Head Start and will analyze how teachers' well-being and relationships to children and their families can contribute to children's long-term development outcomes.

She was also one of 33 early-career faculty members from eight divisions of the university to receive 2019 Johns Hopkins Catalyst Awards. Each professor received a $75,000 grant to support their work for a year.

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