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Jelena Obradović


Jelena is an associate professor at Stanford University in the Developmental and Psychological Sciences program at the Stanford Graduate School of Education. She completed a Ph.D. in developmental psychology at the Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota, and postdoctoral training in psychophysiology at the University of British Columbia. She is the recipient of a Jacobs Foundation Advanced Research Fellowship, a William T. Grant Foundation Scholar Award, and Early Career Research Contribution Award from the Society for Research in Child Development. Jelena’s research examines how the interplay of children’s physiological stress arousal, self-regulatory skills, and quality of caregiving environments contributes to their health, learning, and well-being over time. She also studies how caregivers’ executive functions and emotion regulation skills contribute to teaching and parenting practices that promote or undermine child development. Her current work involves the development of novel, pragmatic, scalable assessments of executive functions, emotion regulation, and motivation.

Other Titles

Associate Professor, Graduate School of Education
Member, Bio-X

Program Affiliations


Research Interests

Adolesence | Brain and Learning Sciences | Child Development | Diversity and Identity | Early Childhood | Immigrants and Immigration | Psychology | Social and Emotional Learning

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Recent Publications

Garcia, E. B., Sulik, M. J., & Obradovic, J. (2019). Teachers' Perceptions of Students' Executive Functions: Disparities by Gender, Ethnicity, and ELL Status. JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY, 111(5), 918–31.

Bardack, S., & Obradovic, J. (2019). Observing teachers' displays and scaffolding of executive functioning in the classroom context. JOURNAL OF APPLIED DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY, 62, 205–19.

Islam, S. A., Goodman, S. J., MacIsaac, J. L., Obradovic, J., Barr, R. G., Boyce, W. T., & Kobor, M. S. (2019). Integration of DNA methylation patterns and genetic variation in human pediatric tissues help inform EWAS design and interpretation. Epigenetics & Chromatin, 12(1), 1.

Jelena Obradović in the News & Media

Photo of two children doing schoolwork at home
July 27, 2020
Research Stories
Associate professor Jelena Obradović says taking time to unplug can feel urgent as many parents are working double or triple duty right now.
May 8, 2020
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