Biography

Dr. Jennifer Lloyd is a Research Associate and Djavad Mowafaghian Foundation Junior Scholar at the Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) at the University of British Columbia. She is also an Associate Member of UBC’s School of Population & Public Health.

Lloyd earned her B.Sc. in Psychology and her M.A. in Educational Psychology from the University of Victoria. Following a year working in the Department of Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford, she pursued her Ph.D. in psychometrics from UBC’s Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology and Special Education. Under the supervision of Prof. Bruno Zumbo, her doctoral work focused on construct commensurability in analyses of individual change.

She then transitioned into a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research post-doctoral fellowship at HELP where, collaborating with Prof. Clyde Hertzman, her research has provided insights into how children’s early social-contextual experiences influence their developmental trajectories over time. Drawing upon past experience with Edudata Canada and the BC Ministry of Education, her studies have also shed light on the research benefits of linking databases at the level of the individual child.

Lloyd’s methodological interests include individual growth modelling, multi-level modelling, cross-classified random effects modelling, and group-based trajectory modelling.

Lloyd’s research has appeared in Social Science & Medicine, Health & Place, the Journal of Community Psychology, and Educational & Psychological Measurement. Her work on the social determinants of health has been featured in the Vancouver Sun, the Province, the Globe & Mail, the Calgary Herald, and the Times Colonist newspapers, as well as in Maclean’s magazine, and on CBC Radio International and CFAX-1070.