Eve S. Puffer

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

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, vol. 32, no. 12, Dec. 2020, pp. 1524–28. Epmc, doi:10.1080/09540121.2020.1724253. 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, vol. 29, no. 12, Dec. 2020, pp. 3493–508. Scopus, doi:10.1007/s10826-020-01816-z. Full Text

Green, Eric P., et al. “Expanding Access to Perinatal Depression Treatment in Kenya Through Automated Psychological Support: Development and Usability Study.Jmir Formative Research, vol. 4, no. 10, Oct. 2020, p. e17895. Epmc, doi:10.2196/17895. Full Text

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

Goodman, Michael L., et al. “Suicide clusters among young Kenyan men.Journal of Health Psychology, vol. 25, no. 7, June 2020, pp. 1004–13. Epmc, doi:10.1177/1359105317743803. 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

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

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

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


Selected Grants

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