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Jennifer McDermott, Psy.D.

Staff Psychologist & Housing and Residential Education Liaison

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Education & Training

In 2015 I received a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Adler University. I completed my doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Adler University as well. I have completed clinical training within a diverse range of settings, including forensic/community rehabilitation sites, community mental health, schools, primary care, and university counseling centers. Over the past four years I have focused my training primarily on university counseling, as this is where my passion truly lies. Through these various opportunities I have had ample experience in working with a multitude of diverse populations and individuals, which has become a very valuable part of my work.

Current Roles

In addition to providing individual, group, and couples counseling services, I hold several other roles within the Counseling Center. I provide supervision to trainees, provide mental health outreach across campus, and provide crisis management services. I am also the liaison for Housing & Residential Education. 

Therapeutic Approaches

I take a very interpersonal approach when it comes to both understanding my clients and working with them toward change. I believe that we develop our sense of self and learn to relate in the world through our very early relationships with others. This means that my relationship with my client becomes of utmost importance when it comes to facilitating change and personal growth. I firmly believe that by providing an open, safe, and empathic space for my clients they will feel encouraged to begin the vulnerable process of exploring the self and taking action steps toward a more genuine and fulfilling life. My therapeutic work is also informed by emotion-focused, feminist, and multicultural perspectives.

Clinical Interests

 About Me

When I am not at work I prefer to be doing something outside. This can range from sitting on my porch with my dogs all the way to hiking 14 miles through the Rocky Mountains; as long as I can feel the sun on my face I am happy! I also thoroughly enjoy reading and literature, and have hopes to one day publish my own novel.