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Jessie Austin

Jessie Austin O'Neill

Research Scientist

Jessie works on a variety of research and evaluation projects that focus on promoting the well-being of whole families. Her primary research interests include healthy child and youth development, stress and resilience, and community-based participatory approaches.

Jessie has a master’s degree in public health from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health with a concentration in maternal and child health and a minor in epidemiology. She received her bachelor’s degree in biology from Whitman College. Her professional experiences include research positions at the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health and Center for Urban and Regional Affairs. She has also worked as a sexual health educator with the Indigenous Peoples Task Force’s youth program in Minneapolis.

Outside of work, Jessie enjoys outdoor adventures with her friends, family, and dogs (via foot, bike, or canoe), tending to her garden and five chickens, and cooking tasty food.

Journal articles

  • Austin, J. L., Jeffries, E. F., Winston III, W., Brady, S. S. (in press). Race-related stressors and resources for resilience: Associations with emotional health, conduct problems, and academic investment among African American early adolescents. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.