Office: 2173 JFSB
Phone: 801-422-4410
Kevin Shafer, Assistant Professor

Department: Social Work



Kevin Shafer has been an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at Brigham Young University since 2011. He has three research foci. First, he researches father involvement in US and Brazil and its effects on men, women, and children. Second, he researches gender differences in mental health and help-seeking both in the US and Brazil. Third, he studies stepfamily dynamics, particularly the influence of stepfather-child relationships and biological father-child relationships on stepchild well-being. He is a lead investigator on the Stepfamily Experience Project (with Erin Holmes), the Survey of Contemporary Fatherhood (with Erin Holmes, Richard Petts, & Jennifer Bellamy), and is the faculty advisor for the BYU Men’s Studies Research Lab, a multidisciplinary research group addressing men’s health and fathering.


  • PhD, The Ohio State University, 2009
  • MA, The Ohio State University, 2005
  • BA, The Ohio State University, 2002

Research Interests

• Men’s mental health • Fathering • Stepfamilies • Romantic relationships • Intersections of these issues, both in the United States and Latin America (Brazil)

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