Prior to working at the University of Toronto, Dr. Jenkins worked at the Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond St.London and Stirling University. She obtained her PhD from the University of London. She has written extensively on emotional development and developmental psychopathology, including two books: Understanding Emotions (coauthored with Keith Oatley) and Human Emotions (coauthored with Keith Oatley and Nancy Stein), as well as numerous scientific articles (see links under Research Themes). She runs the Kids, Families and Places research study which is a sibling study of 500 families in the community. She teaches in the Collaborative PhD Program in Human Development, the School and Clinical Child and the Developmental Psychology and Education graduate programs at the University of Toronto.