Intimate Partner Violence 2019


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Jessica Greenwald O'Brien, PhD

Jessica P. Greenwald O'Brien, Ph.D. is the incoming Director of the Center of Excellence for Children, Families and the Law. She earned her doctorate in clinical and forensic psychology at the University of Nebraska in 1993. Her post-doctoral training in trauma and family forensics took place through the Victims of Violence Program at The Cambridge Hospital and the Children and the Law Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, both affiliated with Harvard Medical School. She is presently in private practice, blending her interest and expertise in trauma, maltreatment and intimate partner violence into her forensic evaluation and consultation work and her teaching. Her private practice includes forensic evaluations with youth and families (child welfare/child protection, delinquency, child custody, guardianship and relocation matters), and consultation and teaching for attorneys and courts. She consults on topics of trauma and child maltreatment impacts on attachment, child development, parenting, delinquent behavior and other special needs of children. Additionally, she has worked with teachers, school specialists, mental health professionals, and administrators to augment trauma-sensitivity in their schools.