Eve S. Puffer

Eve S. Puffer

Assistant Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of South Carolina at Columbia 2008

  • M.A., University of South Carolina at Columbia 2005

  • B.S., Furman University 2002


Dr. Puffer is a global mental health researcher and a licensed clinical psychologist. Her research focuses on developing and evaluating integrated community-based interventions to promote child mental health, improve family functioning, and prevent HIV risk behavior. Her work includes studies with families with young children through those with adolescents, as well as with couples. She has conducted much of this work in rural Kenya and is an investigator on multiple studies of child mental health, family well-being, and parenting interventions in Thailand, Ethiopia, Liberia, South Sudan, and Iraq. Among Dr. Puffer's primary collaborators are the International Rescue Committee, a humanitarian organization, the Women's Institute for Secondary Education and Research in Kenya, and AMPATH, a consortium between North American medical schools and Moi University in Kenya.


Global mental health, community-based interventions, family functioning, HIV prevention, child mental health

Green, EP, Cho, H, Gallis, J, and Puffer, ES. "The impact of school support on depression among adolescent orphans: a cluster-randomized trial in Kenya." Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, and Allied Disciplines (July 28, 2018). Full Text

Healy, EA, Kaiser, BN, and Puffer, ES. "Family-based youth mental health interventions delivered by nonspecialist providers in low- and middle-income countries: A systematic review." Families, Systems & Health : the Journal of Collaborative Family Healthcare 36.2 (June 2018): 182-197. Full Text

Wachter, K, Horn, R, Friis, E, Falb, K, Ward, L, Apio, C, Wanjiku, S, and Puffer, E. "Drivers of Intimate Partner Violence Against Women in Three Refugee Camps." Violence Against Women 24.3 (March 2018): 286-306. Full Text

Giusto, A, Friis, E, Sim, AL, Chase, RM, Zayzay, JO, Green, E, and Puffer, E. "A Qualitative Study of Mechanisms Underlying Effects of a Parenting Intervention in Rural Liberia." The European Journal of Development Research 29.5 (November 2017): 964-982. Full Text

Goodman, ML, Puffer, ES, Keiser, PH, and Gitari, S. "Suicide clusters among young Kenyan men." Journal of Health Psychology (November 2017): 1359105317743803-null. Full Text

Annan, J, Sim, A, Puffer, ES, Salhi, C, and Betancourt, TS. "Improving Mental Health Outcomes of Burmese Migrant and Displaced Children in Thailand: a Community-Based Randomized Controlled Trial of a Parenting and Family Skills Intervention." Prevention Science : the Official Journal of the Society for Prevention Research 18.7 (October 2017): 793-803. Full Text

Giusto, AM, Green, EP, and Puffer, ES. "Associations Between Fathers' and Sons' Sexual Risk in Rural Kenya: The Potential for Intergenerational Transmission." The Journal of Adolescent Health : Official Publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine 61.2 (August 2017): 219-225. Full Text

Puffer, ES, Annan, J, Sim, AL, Salhi, C, and Betancourt, TS. "The impact of a family skills training intervention among Burmese migrant families in Thailand: A randomized controlled trial." PloS one 12.3 (January 2017): e0172611-. Full Text

Puffer, ES, Schatz, JC, and Roberts, CW. "Association between somatic growth trajectory and cognitive functioning in young children with sickle cell disease." Journal of health psychology 21.8 (August 2016): 1620-1629. Full Text


Selected Grants

Parents Make The Diffirence awarded by International Rescue Committee (Principal Investigator). 2014 to 2018

Community-sourced Interventions for Global Mental Health awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2017 to 2018

Developing a Measure of Caregiver Readiness to Disclose HIV Serostatus awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co Investigator). 2014 to 2017

Private Violence, Public Concern of Intimate Partner Violence on Women and Girls awarded by International Rescue Committee (Principal Investigator). 2013 to 2014