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, Kaiser, BN, Ayuku, D, and Puffer, ES. "A Direct Observational Measure of Family Functioning for a Low-Resource Setting: Adaptation and Feasibility in a Kenyan Sample(Accepted)." Behavior Therapy (January 1, 2018). 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
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
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
Stars in Global Health Round 7 Phase 1; Development of a community embedded family therapy intervention in Kenya: A faith and village based approach awarded by Moi University (Principal Investigator). 2014 to 2016
Private Violence, Public Concern of Intimate Partner Violence on Women and Girls awarded by International Rescue Committee (Principal Investigator). 2013 to 2014
Efficacy of a Cognitive-Behavioral Pain Management Intervention for Pediatric Sickle Cell Disease. Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference. Society for Pediatric Psychology. December 27, 2013
Building resilience: Pilot trial of a family and community-based intervention to promote mental health among adolescents and caregivers in rural Kenya. 2013 Global Mental Health Forum. December 27, 2013
Religion and Resilience: The capacity of the Church to provide psychosocial support to children and families in a community in rural Kenya.. International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies 28th Annual Meeting. International Society of Traumatic St...
Developing a family-based intervention to prevent HIV and promote mental health of adolescents in rural Kenya: A community based participatory approach; Paper presented in a symposium: Creating Interventions That Are Deeply Cultural: Methods, Exampl...
Beyond the Clinic Walls:Reducing U.S. and Global Health Disparities through Community-Based and Culturally-Anchored Intervention Models;A Family-based intervention in Kenya to Reduce HIV Risk, Improve Family Relationships, and Promote Adolescent W. ...
Advancing the Field of Mental Health Interventions for Children in Refugee Settings: Treatment and research in Burmese and Somali refugee camps.. International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies 28th Annual Meeting. International Society of Traumat...
Creating a mental health assessment for child and adolescent Somali refugees living in Ethiopia: Results from a qualitative study and instrument adaptation process. International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies 28th Annual Meeting. International...