Jack Day

Postdoctoral Researcher

jackday@utexas.edu | CV

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Jack Day graduated from Oregon State University with a Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Sciences in 2014. His research interests include social integration and health and well-being among sexual and gender minority youth and young adults. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Population Research Center, and in Human Development and Family Sciences, at The University of Texas at Austin.

Jack’s research interests encompass: (1) how various structural factors within schools support or hinder positive development during adolescence (2) the relationship between school policy, school climate, safety, academic achievement, health, and well-being, especially among LGBTQ+ youth; and (3) how policy and practice support healthy development throughout the life course. His overall research goals are to identify how contextual factors facilitate or hinder establishing social relationships and social capital, particularly among those who identify as LGBTQ+.

Areas of Interest

  • LGBTQ health and youth development
  • School policy and climate
  • Social integration
  • Social capital
  • Life Course


Current Research

Jack works with Stephen Russell on a research project investigating the relationships between school climate, school policy, school connectedness, academic achievement, and well-being, especially among LGBTQ+ youth (SOGI-3P). Using a unique combination of data from students, teachers, and administrators, this project examines programs, policies, and practices that explain between and within-school differences in school climates that promote or hinder the health and well-being of students.


Selected Publications

Settersten, R. A., Jr., Day, J. K., Elder, G. H. Jr., & Waldinger, R. J. (2012). Men’s appraisals of their military experiences in World War II: A 40-year perspective. Research in Human Development, 9(3), 248-271. doi. 10.1080/15427609.2012.705558

Settersten, R. A., Jr., Day, J. K., Cancel-Tirado, D., & Driscoll, D. M. (2014). Fathers’ accounts of struggle and growth in early adulthood: An exploratory study of disadvantaged men. In K. Roy & N. Jones (Eds.) Pathways to adulthood for disconnected young men in low-income communities. New Directions in Child and Adolescent Development, 143, 73-89. doi. 10.1002/cad.20055

Selected Presentations

Day, J. K., Rusell, S. T., Ioverno, S. (May, 2015). Are school policies focused on sexual orientation and gender identity associated with less bullying? Paper presented at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Research Symposium, Urbana-Champaign, IL

Day, J. K. (2014, August). Disengaged and Untrusting? Young Adults’ Feelings of Social Integration and Trust Amid an Economic Recession. Round table at the Annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, San Francisco, CA.