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.
Jennifer has been working on longitudinal studies since 2010. In 2010-11 she played a key role in the 15th Wave data collection for the Australian Temperament Project and was involved in the analysis of previous waves of data on bullying. In 2011 Jennifer joined the Survey Methodology Team for Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC), firstly as Senior Research Officer and then as Manager.
While most of her time in these roles was spent on assisting with or managing the development of instruments for the LSAC study, she also published analysis on parent-child relationships and care-time arrangements in separated families, and has been involved in developing methodological papers. Jennifer also completed a Graduate Diploma of Psychological Studies at Deakin University.
In 2019 Jennifer moved to the Survey Methodology Team for Ten to Men: The Longitudinal Study on Male Health and was Manager for the first wave of data collection AIFS had responsibility for. She was involved in overseeing the development of content for Wave 3 of Ten to Men, the introduction of innovative data collection techniques and the adaptation of the methodology to allow data collection during the Covid-19 pandemic. Jennifer is currently the Senior Manager of Survey Methodology (Acting) and has oversight for Survey Methodology across both LSAC and Ten to Men.