Jenna Reardanz

Associate Policy Analyst

Jenna Reardanz is an Associate Policy Analyst at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago. In her role, she works to support Chapin Hall’s efforts to improve outcomes for children and families.

Before joining Chapin Hall, Reardanz worked as a Junior Policy Associate at the Research to Policy Collaboration at Pennsylvania State University. In this position she worked to support the collaborative efforts to join content experts and legislators on areas of common interest and knowledge related to child and family policy. She also worked to evaluate those who engaged in this collaborative process. Additionally, Reardanz worked as a Graduate Research Assistant at the University of Alabama. Her research focus centered around child development, specifically focusing on disability, social development, and peer relationships. She has also worked as a Family Visitation Supervisor and in residential youth treatment.

Reardanz holds a Master’s degree in Developmental Sciences from the University of Alabama and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Whitworth University.

Master of Science in Developmental Sciences, University of Alabama

Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Whitworth University

Reardanz, J., Scott, J.T., Long, E., & Crowley, D.M. (2020, August) Assessing researchers’ engagement with policy. Presented virtually at the American Psychological Association Conference.

Reardanz, J., & Conners, F. A., & McDonald, K.L (2019, April). The measurement of peer victimization, emotion regulation, and self-esteem in adolescents with Down syndrome: A pilot study. Presented at the Gatlinburg Conference on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in San Antonio, TX.

Reardanz, J., Conners, F. A., & McDonald, K. L. (2019, April). Peer victimization in adolescents with Down syndrome. Presented at the Gatlinburg Conference on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in San Antonio, TX

Reardanz, J., Conners, F. A., & McDonald, K. L. (2019, March). Communication, emotion regulation, and victimization in adolescents with Down syndrome. Presented at the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) conference in Baltimore, MD

Reardanz, J., & Conners, F. A. (2018, April). Fluid and crystalized ability in adolescents with down syndrome: Change over time. Presented at the Gatlinburg Conference on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in San Diego, CA.

Reardanz, J., Battle, C., Gibson, C. E., Ungvary, S., & McDonald, K. L. (2018, April). Vagal tone and effortful control as predictors of adolescent aggression and anxiety. Biennial Conference for Society of Research in Adolescence conference in Minneapolis, MN.

  • Outstanding Teaching by a Doctoral Student, University of Alabama, Department of Psychology, 2020
  • Graduate Council Research Fellow, University of Alabama, 2018
  • Robin Mills Altruism Award, Whitworth University, 2016

Crowley, D. Max, Scott, J. T., Long, E., Green, L., Israel, A., Supplee, L., Jordan, E., Oliver, K., Guillot-Wright, S., Gay, B., Storace, R., Torres-Mackie, N., Murphy, Y., Donnay, S., Reardanz, J., Smith, R., McGuire, K., Baker, E., Antonopoulos, A., . . . Giray, C. (In press). Lawmakers’ use of scientific evidence can be improved: Randomized controlled trial of the 116th US Congress. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Reardanz, J., Conners, F. A., McDonald, K. L., & Singh, N. (2020). Peer victimization and communication skills in adolescents with Down syndrome: Preliminary findings. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 50(1), pp. 349–355. doi: 10.1007/s10803-019-04238-z

Reardanz, J. (2020). Postsecondary education. Fact sheet.

Reardanz, J. (2020). Contact tracing and COVID-19. Fact sheet.

Reardanz, J. (2020). Education in American Indian and Alaska Native Populations. Fact sheet.

Reardanz, J., Giray, C., & Scott, J. T. (2019). Collaborative efforts for the prevention of family violence. Fact sheet.

Reardanz, J. (2019). Child welfare and research in Tribal communities. Fact sheet.

Reardanz, J., Scott, J. T., & Giray, C. (2019). Violence against Indigenous women. Policy brief.

Reardanz, J. (2019). Infant mortality and home visit programs. Policy brief.

Reardanz, J. (2019). Address confidentiality of domestic violence survivors. Policy brief.

Reardanz, J., Giray, C., & Scott, J. T. (2019). Violence against women act (VAWA). Fact sheet.

Fraizer, S. L., McClowry, S., & Miodus, S. (2020). Character of education and career and technical education. Fact sheet. Eds. K. Cruz & J. Reardanz.

Friedman Levy, C. & Reardanz, J. (2019). Two-generation approach to family violence. Policy brief.