Jennifer is a PhD candidate in Clinical Psychology at York University, and a proud graduate of the University of Toronto’s Master of Social Work program. She has clinical experience providing psychotherapy to and conducting psychological assessments of undergraduate student populations (University of Toronto Scarborough Health & Wellness Centre, York University Psychology Clinic), adults with an eating disorder (North York General Hospital’s Adult Eating Disorders partial day hospital), and adults with cancer (Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre’s Odette Cancer Centre’s Patient and Family Support Services). Jennifer employs an integrative approach to psychotherapy, purposively selecting interventions from different modalities and weaving them together to provide tailored, flexible treatment. She has experience in the provision of Narrative Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. In September 2019, she will begin her psychology residency providing psychotherapy and assessments to community members at the York University Psychology Clinic and students at Ryerson University’s Centre for Student Development and Counselling.
Jennifer is also passionate about teaching. Her SSHRC-funded doctoral research explored how to improve post-secondary education by teaching educators and students to listen to the warning signal of boredom. Jennifer’s teaching philosophy is that learning occurs when students are interested and are enjoying reflecting upon the course content. She emphasizes ‘parallel process’, striving to model in her teaching style the respect, direct communication and attunement that we as social workers offer to our clients. Jennifer has previous experience teaching post-secondary students at Seneca College and York University, and graduate students at the University of Toronto. She is excited to teach (and learn from) the MSW students at the University of Toronto’s Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work.