Psychology and Child Development

College of Liberal Arts

Jasna Jovanovic

Jasna Jovanovic


Director University Honors Program

Pronouns: she, her, hers

Contact Information


  • Ph.D., M.S., Human Development & Family Studies, Pennsylvania State University
  • B.S., Psychology, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana

Courses Taught

  • CD/PSY 306 Adolescence
  • CD 329 Research Methods in Child Development
  • CD 350 Developmental Issues in Education
  • PSY 256 Developmental Psychology

Research Interests

My general interest is the socialization of gender differences.  In other words, why are boys and girls, men and women, different?   My research has addressed the issue of gender differences in school achievement with a particular focus on how early gender inequities persist as girls/women move through the educational pipeline leading to careers in STEM (i.e., science, technology, engineering and math). My current work focuses on gender and casual sexual relationships. Specifically, I examine whether Friends with Benefits relationships allow for sexual agency among emerging adult women.  

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