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
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
Watson, Leah K., et al. “Validating mental health assessment in Kenya using an innovative gold standard.” International Journal of Psychology : Journal International De Psychologie, June 2019. Epmc, doi:10.1002/ijop.12604. 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
Puffer, E. S., et al. “Development and Implementation of a Family Therapy Intervention in Kenya: a Community-Embedded Lay Provider Model.” Global Social Welfare, Jan. 2019. Scopus, doi:10.1007/s40609-019-00151-6. Full Text
Green, Eric P., et al. “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, vol. 60, no. 1, Jan. 2019, pp. 54–62. Epmc, doi:10.1111/jcpp.12955. Full Text
Finnegan, Amy, et al. “The prevalence and process of pediatric HIV disclosure: A population-based prospective cohort study in Zimbabwe.” Plos One, vol. 14, no. 5, Jan. 2019, p. e0215659. Epmc, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0215659. Full Text
Healy, Elsa A., et al. “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, vol. 36, no. 2, June 2018, pp. 182–97. Epmc, doi:10.1037/fsh0000334. Full Text
Wachter, Karin, et al. “Drivers of Intimate Partner Violence Against Women in Three Refugee Camps.” Violence Against Women, vol. 24, no. 3, Mar. 2018, pp. 286–306. Epmc, doi:10.1177/1077801216689163. Full Text
Green, Eric, et al. “The impact of the 2014 Ebola virus disease outbreak in Liberia on parent preferences for harsh discipline practices: a quasi-experimental, pre-post design.” Global Mental Health, vol. 5, Jan. 2018, p. e1. Epmc, doi:10.1017/gmh.2017.24. Full Text
Murray, L. K., et al. “An evaluation of a common elements treatment approach for youth in Somali refugee camps.” Global Mental Health, vol. 5, Jan. 2018, p. e16. Epmc, doi:10.1017/gmh.2018.7. Full Text
Parents Make The Diffirence awarded by (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 (Principal Investigator). 2014 to 2016
Private Violence, Public Concern of Intimate Partner Violence on Women and Girls awarded by (Principal Investigator). 2013 to 2014
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. ...
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
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...