Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research
Jennifer Tiffany serves as Executive Director of Cornell University Cooperative Extension’s New York City Programs, Director of Outreach and Community Engagement for the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research (BCTR), and as Co-Director of the Community Engagement in Research Component of Weill Cornell Medical College's Clinical and Translational Sciences Center. She also directs the BCTR's HIV Risk Reduction Research and Education Projects and contributes to the BCTR’s Research Synthesis Project and Research Navigator Initiative. She served as Associate Director of Cornell Cooperative Extension and Associate Director for Extension and Outreach in the College of Human Ecology from 2011 through 2014, working to promote the translation of Cornell’s research to communities throughout New York State and beyond at the same time as working to increase community members’, policy makers', and practitioners’ participation in developing research projects and agendas. She joined the College of Human Ecology in 1989 to develop and direct the "Talking with Kids about HIV/AIDS" parent education project, which has received numerous state and national awards. Many of her scholarly articles focus on youth participation and HIV risk reduction. She received a BA summa cum laude in East Asian Area Studies from Dickinson College in 1977, and holds an MRP and PhD in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University as well as a degree in nursing from Tompkins-Cortland Community College.
The Complementary Strengths Research Partnership: This community-based participatory research project examines the relationships among social connectedness, highly engaged youth program participation, and HIV risk reduction among adolescents in New York City after-school programs. Our objective is to study the interactions among youth connectedness, highly engaged program participation and HIV risk reduction using both quantitative and qualitative analytic methods in order to develop effective setting-based interventions that promote strong youth participation, thereby promoting adolescent sexual health and youth health and well-being overall. The Tiffany-Eckenrode Program Participation Scale (TEPPS), developed and validated through this study, is now being disseminated. The most recent extension of this project is a study adapting and validating measures of positive youth development outcomes in collaboration with youth involved in NYC 4-H programs.
SELECTED JOURNAL ARTICLES
Tiffany, J. S. (2017). Extension in the City: Meeting the Challenges of Scale. Journal of Human Sciences and Extension, 5(2), pp. 37-54. https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/c8fe6e_d7d56653662f4013a7e9826dd5180ff3.pdf
Jennifer Tiffany's scholarly work centers on research translation and community engagement, with a particular emphasis on research about youth participation and HIV/AIDS. Projects include local and international participatory research partnerships with adolescents to explore the impact of HIV/AIDS and ways youth and adults can work together to stem the epidemic. Her HIV/AIDS related research includes a study funded by the National Institutes of Health during 2007-2010 to examine the relationships among social connectedness, highly engaged program participation, and HIV risk reduction among 13-17 year olds in New York City. The Tiffany-Eckenrode Program Participation Scale (TEPPS), developed and validated through that study, is now being disseminated. She is the lead author of the “Talking with Kids about HIV/AIDS” parent education curriculum, directed a long-standing education initiative for parents and guardians funded by the NYS Department of Health AIDS Institute, and is now working to translate findings from that project into a new set of parent education resource materials. Her research and outreach efforts build upon participatory action research and community-based participatory research methods as well as participatory approaches to planning, program and resource materials design, and evaluation. In recent years, she has also presented and published on her work in the field of urban extension programming.
Jennifer Tiffany serves as Director of Outreach and Community Engagement for the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research (BCTR), Executive Director of Cornell University Cooperative Extension's NYC Programs, and Co-Director of the Community Engagement in Research Component of Weill Cornell Medicine's Clinical and Translational Sciences Center. All of these roles involve working to integrate extension/outreach with research and teaching; strategic and implementation planning; sustaining a strong partnership between the BCTR and CCE; further developing the CCE summer internship program; assisting faculty and CCE professionals to build research partnerships; working to strengthen linkages between campus-based faculty and community-based extension programs; working to facilitate access to and engagement in Cornell research by policy makers; and identifying opportunities to disseminate Cornell scholarship to external audiences. Dr. Tiffany provides leadership to the Research Navigators Initiative, and is a co-investigator on the BCTR's Research Synthesis project. She directs parenting education projects in New York City tailored to reach low income and recent immigrant families and to aid in the translation of cutting edge Cornell research. This work builds on the “Talking with Kids about HIV/AIDS" Parent HIV Education Project, funded by the New York State Department of Health from 1989 through 2011. “Talking with Kids about HIV/AIDS” received numerous awards, including the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute Distinguished Service Award for the Provision of HIV Prevention Services (2000), the United States Department of Health and Human Services Secretary's Award for Excellence in Community Health Promotion (1994) and the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute HIV/AIDS Materials Development Award for Merit (1994). The project was designated a Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service Program of Excellence by the United States Department of Agriculture in 2001.
Ph.D. 2004 - Cornell University - City and Regional Planning
MRP 1996 - Cornell University - City and Regional Planning
ADN 1987 - Tompkins Cortland Community College - Nursing
BA 1977 - Dickinson College - East Asian Area Studies
Jennifer Tiffany serves as the Director of Outreach and Community Engagement for the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research (BCTR). As a member of the BCTR leadership team, she is responsible for building and sustaining strong and innovative linkages between the Center and its key community partners, including Cornell Cooperative Extension, as well as for strengthening the community engagement capacities of Center-based programs.
Dr. Tiffany serves as Executive Director of Cornell University Cooperative Extension's New York City Programs and as Co-Director of the Community Engagement in Research Component of Weill Cornell Medicine's Clinical andTranslational Sciences Center, enabling close linkages between Ithaca-based and NYC-based translational research and outreach efforts.
Cornell University Coooerative Extension - NYC Programs:
Community Engagement in Research program of the Weill Cornell Medicine Clinical and Translational Sciences Center: