Jennifer J. Baumgartner 

Associate Professor

Bachelor's Degree(s): Bachelor of Science, Psychology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1997
Master's Degree: M.S., Human Development and Family Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2001
PhD: Ph.D., Human Development and Family Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2004
Phone: (225) 578-0312


Office: 101 Peabody Hall



Dr. Jennifer Baumgartner begins her 10th year at LSU and is a tenured professor in the School of Education. She teaches in the PK-3 teacher certification program and early childhood education graduate program. Her research centers around two major issues: 1.) how philosophies and/or knowledge are translated into practices in children’s developmental contexts and, 2.) stress among teachers and children in early care settings. Her work is published in several journals, including Journal of Health Psychology, Early Child Development and Care, Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education and Young Children. She has experience directing early child development laboratory schools and teaches critical perspectives in early childhood education, child development and stress in education courses. She is a faculty advisor for the LSU student chapter of the Association for the Education of Young Children.

Curriculum Vitae

Awards & Honors

2013 Journal of Research in Childhood Education Distinguished Education Research Article Award
2012 LSU College of Agriculture nominee for U.S. Professors of the Year Award, The Carnegie Foundation of the Advancement of Teaching
2011  LSU Chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society of Agriculture Teacher Honor Roll
2011  Service-Learning Faculty Scholar, LSU
2011 College of Agriculture recipient of the Tiger Athletic Foundation Teaching Award

Selected Publications

DiCarlo, C., Baumgartner, J., Ota, C., & Jenkins, C. (2014). Preschool teachers’ perceptions of rough and tumble play vs. aggression in preschool-aged boys,
Early Child Development and Care. DOI:10.1080/03004430.2014.957692

 Ota, C.L., Baumgartner, J.J., & Austin, A.M.B. (2013). Provider stress and children's active engagement. Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 27, 1-13. doi:

 DiCarlo, C., Pierce, S., Baumgartner, J., Harris, M., & Ota, C. (2012). Whole-group instruction practices and children’s attention:  A preliminary report. Journal of Research in Childhood Education 26(2), 154-168.
* winner of  2012 Distinguished Education Research Article in Journal of Research in Childhood Education

 Baumgartner, J., Burnett, L., Buchanan, T., & DiCarlo, C. (2012). An inquiry of children’s social support networks using eco-maps. Child and Youth Care Forum. doi: 10.1007/s10566-011-9166-2.

Baumgartner, J., Carson, R., Apavaloaie, L., & Tsouloupas, C. (2009). Uncovering common stressful factors and coping strategies among childcare providers.
Child and Youth Care Forum, 38(5), 239-251.  


Selectected Presentations


Carson, R. L., Baumgartner, J. J., Ota, C., & Hata, N. H. (2013, April). Understanding the gradual eroding processes of burnout and attrition in childcare teachers: An ecological momentary assessment study. In C. J. McCarthy (Ed.), Innovative approaches to conceptualizing and researching stress in educational settings. Symposium accepted for presentation at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA.

Peer Reviewed

DiCarlo, C., Baumgartner, J., Ota, C., Jenkins, C., & Deris, A. (2014). Preschool Teachers’ Perceptions of Aggression in Preschool-Aged Boys. Association for Childhood Education

Baumgartner, J. , Carson, R., & Ota, C. (2013). Daily Stress, Stress Reducing Activities, and Classroom Behaviors of Child Care Teachers: An Ecological Momentary Assessment Study. SRCD Biennial Meeting, Seattle, USA.

DiCarlo, C., Onwujuba, C., & Baumgartner, J.J. (2013). Infant Communicative Behaviors and Maternal Responsiveness. National Black Child Development Institute 44th Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.

DiCarlo, C., Baumgartner, J.J., Ota, C. & Geary, K. (2013). Child Sustained Attention in the Preschool Classroom. Society for Research in Child Development, Seattle, WA.