Jennifer Renda joined the Institute as a Research Officer in 2002 after completing her BA with Honours in Professional Social Research at Monash University. During her first few years at AIFS, Jennifer’s research activities primarily focused on issues relating to families and employment, with particular interest in patterns of employment for lone and couple mothers and the interaction between paid employment and income support. She also spent a brief period working with the AIFS team evaluating the reforms to the family law system.
More recently Jennifer has worked as a Senior Research Officer on two longitudinal studies housed at AIFS. In 2010-11 she played a key role in the 15th Wave data collection for the Australian Temperament Project and was involved in and analysis of previous waves of data on bullying. In her current role, Jennifer is part of the design team for Growing Up in Australia, the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC). While most of her time is spent on assisting with the development of instruments for the LSAC study, she has published analysis on parent-child relationships and care-time arrangements in separated families and has been involved in developing methodological papers. Jennifer is also currently completing a Graduate Diploma of Psychological Studies at Deakin University.