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. He currently serves as Associate Editor of the Journal of Forensic Social Work. 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 parent-child relationships and their ability to shape behaviors in adolescence and young adulthood. Specifically, he is interested in modeling the effects of reciprocal family relationships over time, and the impact of those reciprocal relationships on the outcomes of individual actors within the family. 

Additionally, Dr. Jaggers serves as co-investigator on the Indiana Title IV-E Waiver Demonstration Project Evaluation (Administration for Children & Families), and co-investigator/evaluation coordinator on the Interprofessional Education & Training in Behavioral Health for MSW Students grant (Health Resources Service Administration).  

Area of Interest:

  • Juvenile delinquency & criminality among young adolescents & young adults
  • Exposure to violence and psychological trauma
  • Substance use among adolescents & young adults
  • Child & adolescent mental health
  • Family dynamics
  • Experiences of immigrant & minority youth