Eve S. Puffer
Assistant Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience
Education & Training
Ph.D., University of South Carolina, Columbia 2008
M.A., University of South Carolina, 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
Giusto, Ali, et al. “A multiple baseline study of a brief alcohol reduction and family engagement intervention for fathers in Kenya.” Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, vol. 88, no. 8, Aug. 2020, pp. 708–25. Epmc, doi:10.1037/ccp0000559. Full Text
Kuerten, Bethany G., et al. “Psychosocial Burden of Childhood Sickle Cell Disease on Caregivers in Kenya.” J Pediatr Psychol, vol. 45, no. 5, June 2020, pp. 561–72. Pubmed, doi:10.1093/jpepsy/jsaa021. Full Text
Watson, Leah K., et al. “Validating mental health assessment in Kenya using an innovative gold standard.” International Journal of Psychology : Journal International De Psychologie, vol. 55, no. 3, June 2020, pp. 425–34. Epmc, doi:10.1002/ijop.12604. Full Text
Langhaug, Lisa, et al. “Caregiver self-efficacy to talk about sex predicts conversations about HIV transmission risk with perinatally infected young people in Zimbabwe.” Aids Care, Feb. 2020, pp. 1–5. Epmc, doi:10.1080/09540121.2020.1724253. Full Text
Greene, M. C., et al. “Assessing trauma and related distress in refugee youth and their caregivers: should we be concerned about iatrogenic effects?” European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Jan. 2020. Scopus, doi:10.1007/s00787-020-01635-z. Full Text
Puffer, E. S., et al. “Family Functioning and Mental Health Changes Following a Family Therapy Intervention in Kenya: a Pilot Trial.” Journal of Child and Family Studies, Jan. 2020. Scopus, doi:10.1007/s10826-020-01816-z. Full Text
Patel, Puja, et al. “Problematic alcohol use among fathers in Kenya: Poverty, people, and practices as barriers and facilitators to help acceptance.” Int J Drug Policy, vol. 75, Jan. 2020, p. 102576. Pubmed, doi:10.1016/j.drugpo.2019.10.003. Full Text
Wall, Jonathan T., et al. “What about lay counselors' experiences of task-shifting mental health interventions? Example from a family-based intervention in Kenya.” International Journal of Mental Health Systems, vol. 14, Jan. 2020, p. 9. Epmc, doi:10.1186/s13033-020-00343-0. Full Text
Giusto, Ali, et al. “A Direct Observational Measure of Family Functioning for a Low-Resource Setting: Adaptation and Feasibility in a Kenyan Sample.” Behavior Therapy, vol. 50, no. 2, Mar. 2019, pp. 459–73. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.beth.2018.08.004. Full Text
Parents Make The Difference 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: A Research Study on the Drivers, Forms and Consequences of Intimate Partner Violence on Women and Girls in Conflict Settings 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...