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

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

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 (Cambridge, England), vol. 5, Jan. 2018, p. e1. Epmc, doi:10.1017/gmh.2017.24. Full Text


Selected Grants

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