Jennifer Agans is a Research Associate in the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research, and Assistant Director of the Program for Research on Youth Development and Engagement (PRYDE). She received her Ph.D. from the Eliot Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development at Tufts University.
Dr. Agans'' research interests centers on the role of out-of-school time programs in positive youth development. With PRYDE, Dr. Agans serves as a facilitator of campus-community partnerships between Cornell youth development researchers and CCE 4-H practitioners. She also continues to conduct research with community partners on youth physical activity and to serve as an external evaluator for youth programs.
Vest, A. E., Konowitz, L., Agans, J. P., Syer, T., & Lerner, R. M. (2017). Researcher-
Practitioner Collaborations: Applying Developmental Science to Understand Sport Participation
and Positive Youth Development. Journal of Community Engagement and Higher Education,
Agans, J. P., Johnson, S. K., & Lerner, R. M. (2017). Adolescent Athletic Participation Patterns
and Self-Perceived Competence: Associations with Later Participation, Depressive Symptoms,
and Health. Journal of Research on Adolescence, doi:10.1111/jora.12301
Agans, J. P., Ettekal, A. V., Erickson, K., & Lerner, R. M. (2016). Positive youth development
through sport: A relational developmental systems approach. In N. Holt (Ed.), Positive Youth
Development through Sport, 2nd edition.
Ettekal, A. V., Lerner, R. M., Agans, J. P., Ferris, K., & Berkhard, B. (2016). Youth thriving in
the context of sport participation: Idiographic, differential, and nomothetic dimensions. In N.
Holt (Ed.), Positive Youth Development through Sport, 2nd edition.
Agans, J. P., Champine, R. B., Johnson, S. K., Erickson, K., & Yalin, C. (2015). Promoting
healthy lifestyles through youth activity participation: Lessons from research. In Bowers et al.
(Eds.), Promoting Positive Youth Development: Lessons from the 4-H Study (pp. 137-160). New
York, NY: Springer.
Agans, J. P., Champine, R. B., DeSouza, L. M., Mueller, M. K., Johnson, S. K., & Lerner, R. M.
(2014). Activity Involvement as an Ecological Asset: Profiles of Participation and Youth
Outcomes. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 43(6), 919-932.
Agans, J. P., Säfvenbom, R., Davis, J. L., Bowers, E. P., & Lerner, R. M. (2013). Positive
Movement Experiences: Approaching the Study of Athletic Participation, Exercise, and Leisure
Activity through Relational Developmental Systems Theory and the Concept of Embodiment. In
R. M. Lerner & J. B. Benson (Eds.), Embodiment and Epigenesis: Theoretical and
Methodological Issues in Understanding the Role of Biology within the Relational
Developmental System Part B: Ontogenetic Dimensions (pp. 261–286). Elsevier.
Lerner, R. M., Agans, J. P., DeSouza, L. M., & Gasca, S. (2013). Describing, explaining, and
optimizing within-individual change across the life span: A relational developmental systems
perspective. Review of General Psychology, 17(2), 179-183.
Agans, J. P. & Geldhof, G. J. (2012). Trajectories of participation in athletics and positive youth
development: The influence of sport type. Applied Developmental Science, 16(3), 151-165.