Jeremiah W. Jaggers, PhD, MSW

Assistant Professor

Campus: Indianapolis

ES 4113
902 West New York Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202-5156
Office: 317-274-6721


  • PhD, University of Alabama
  • MSW, Western Kentucky University
  • BS, Murray State University


Dr. Jeremiah W. Jaggers joined the Indiana University School of Social Work in the fall of 2014.  He has a PhD in social work from The University of Alabama School of Social Work, a MSW from Western Kentucky University, and a BS in Political Science from Murray State University. His research examines the association between family dynamics and the behaviors of high risk youth and young adults, specifically with respect to substance use, delinquent behavior, and violence.


Dr. Jaggers’ current research focuses on two substantive areas. One component of his work examines the behavioral, emotional, and psychological consequences associated with juvenile delinquency, especially as it relates to familial processes and child maltreatment. Specifically, he is interested in modeling the relationships between family dynamics and adverse childhood experiences such as child maltreatment and justice system involvement. Secondly, Dr. Jaggers’ work focuses on the impact of mental health service utilization on adolescents’ behaviors. He is interested in identifying existing service delivery mechanisms and service pathways that mitigate the likelihood of risk behaviors in adolescents and young adults. 

Area of Interest:

  • Juvenile delinquency & criminality among young adolescents & young adults
  • Exposure to violence and psychological trauma among dual status youth
  • Mental illness and substance use among adolescents & young adults
  • Family dynamics & behavioral, emotional, and psychological outcomes in adolescents
  • Mitigation of risk behavior through the utilization of mental health service use


Jaggers, J.W., Bolland, A.C., Tomek, S., Bolland, K.A., Hooper, L.M., Church, W.T., & Bolland, J. (in press). The longitudinal impact of distal, non-familial relationships on parental monitoring: Implications for delinquent behavior. Youth & Society. Doi: 10.1177/0044118x15602415

Jaggers, J.W. Armstrong-Richardson, W., Aalsma, M., & Hall, J.A. (2017). Resources, race, & placement frequency: An analysis of child well-being. Child Welfare 94(6), 105-128

Walsh, M. & Jaggers, J.W. (2017). Addressing the needs of crossover youth: What key professionals are saying. Children and Youth Services Review, 75, 110-115.

Jaggers, J.W., Prattini, R.J., Church, W.T. (2016). Traumatic stress among seriously delinquent youth: Considering the consequences of neighborhood circumstance. American Journal of Community Psychology, 58(1-2), 69-79.