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Julia Jaekel

Associate Professor; Director of Graduate Studies; Joint Faculty Associate Professor of Psychology


Julia is an Associate Professor in CFS, Joint Faculty Associate Professor in Psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences at UT, and Honorary Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Warwick in the UK. She is a trained clinical psychologist and has extensive research experience working in international, multidisciplinary teams. She is involved in a number of longitudinal studies and coordinates the Adults born Preterm International Collaboration (APIC). At UT, she mentors a diverse team of students in the Early Experiences Research Lab. Together with East Tennessee Children’s Hospital (ETCH), she has started a new follow-up study of infants exposed to opioids in-utero. Her ultimate goal is to understand the complex biopsychosocial mechanisms that control human development over time, to be able to design successful avenues towards prevention and intervention. Julia is the mother of three sons and loves to spend time outdoors with her family and their two dogs.




  • “Diplom” (5-year degree) in Clinical Psychology, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany, 2004
  • Ph.D., Faculty of Psychology, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany, 2008
  • Postdoc, Department of Psychology, University of Warwick, UK, 2009/10
  • Habilitation (higher doctorate) in Developmental Psychology, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany, 2015

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Selected Recent Publications

Jaekel, J., Heuser, K.*,  Zapf, A., Roll, C., Brevis Nuñez, F., Bartmann, P., Wolke, D., Felderhoff-Mueser, U., & Huening, B. (2020, in press).  Preterm children’s long-term academic performance after adaptive computerized training: an efficacy and process analysis of a randomized controlled trial. Pediatric Research.

Jaekel, J., Johnson, E. I., Reyes, L. M.*, Layton, K.*, & Harris, M. (2020, in press). Conducting research with families of infants born with neonatal abstinence syndrome: recommendations from rural Appalachia. Social Work Research.

Jaekel, N., Jaekel, J., Willard, J., & Leyendecker, B. (2019). No evidence for effects of Turkish immigrant children‘s bilingualism on executive functions. PLoS One. doi: org/10.1371/journal.pone.0209981 (

Kajantie, E., Johnson, S., Heinonen, Kati., Anderson, P. J., Wolke, D., Evensen, K. A. I., Räikkönen, K., Darlow, B. A., van der Pal, S., Indredavik, M. S., Jaekel, J., Hovi, P., Morrison, K., Verrips, E., Doyle, L. W., & APIC Adults Born Preterm International Collaboration (2020, in press). Common core assessments in follow-up studies of adults born preterm - recommendation of the Adults born Preterm International Collaboration. Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology.

Reyes, L. M.*, Jaekel, J., Kreppner, J., Wolke, D., & Sonuga-Barke, E. (2019).  A comparison of the effects of preterm birth and institutional deprivation on child temperament. Development and Psychopathology, 1-10.  doi: 10.1017/S0954579419001457 ( ).

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