Jennifer Andrews, PhD
Associate Professor
Director of Research, Division of Genetics and Developmental Pediatrics
Director of Research, Division of Pediatric Cardiology Congenital Heart Program


PO Box 245073 Tucson, AZ 85724


Areas of Expertise: Muscular dystrophy, autism, autoimmune encephalopathy, adult congenital heart defects, surveillance
Projects: CPAE clinic mental health assessments; New York MD STARnet co-Investigator; Undergraduate and Graduate Student Research Mentoring
Community organizations: Pima County Juvenile Court Appointed Special Advocate; Early Childhood Personnel Center State Planning Committee; University of Arizona Early Childhood Research Initiative; Alliance for Adult Research in Congenital Cardiology
Grants: Arizona Biomedical Research Center New Investigator Awards - Autoimmune Encephalopathy;  Centers for Disease Control – Autism; Centers for Disease Control – Adult Congenital Heart Defects; Sarver New Investigator Award - Adult Congenital Heart Defects; Northern Arizona University Arizona UCEDD – All;
Arizona Department of Health Services – Pediatric to Adult Healthcare Transition


The University of Arizona (MBA)
PhD Education: 
The University of Arizona


Research Interests: 

Dr. Andrews teaches students and professionals of all levels who are interested in performing research activities; serves on dissertation committees and assists in translational research that links public health, basic science and clinical science approaches to research in novel and trending research areas.

Dr. Andrews collaborates with Steele Center physician-scientists in the areas of developmental and behavioral pediatrics, pediatric and adult congenital heart defects, Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophy, adolescent medicine, and health disparities. She also collaborates with the Arizona Department of Health Services, New York Muscular Dystrophy Surveillance Tracking and Research Network and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on a variety of manuscripts related to developmental disabilities.

Her research interests lie in interdisciplinary translational research, taking clinical information backwards to bench science to describe and identify endophenotypic markers for developmental, congenital and behavioral conditions.