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Jenni Dunbar

Lecturer in Psychology and Human Development
Co-Director, M.Ed. Clinical Psychological Assessment Program

Jenni grew up in Austin, Texas.  She completed her undergraduate degree here at Vanderbilt in 2006, majoring in Spanish.  After college, she worked as a full time research assistant in the Stress and Coping Lab in the Vanderbilt department of Psychology and Human Development, where she gained significant research experience on a preventive intervention for families affected by parental depression.  During that time, Jenni further honed her research interests and decided to pursue graduate education in psychology.  She was then accepted into the PhD program for Clinical Psychology here at Vanderbilt where she was able to continue her research in the Stress and Coping Lab, with Dr. Bruce Compas as her advisor.  In 2014, Jenni then moved to Charleston, South Carolina to complete her clinical internship and post-doctoral fellowship, where she had the opportunity to continue to hone her clinical and research skills and learn more about psychopathology, evidence based treatments, and couples and family processes as well as gain experience working with veterans at the VA hospital in Charleston.  In 2016, Jenni returned to Vanderbilt and joined the faculty in the Psychology and Human Development department.  She finds great fulfillment through teaching, advising students, and continuing to learn.  Jenni is also co-director of the M.Ed. Clinical Psychological Assessment program.  She has been teaching both undergraduate and graduate classes in the fields of developmental psychology, psychopathology, and psychological assessment since her return to Vanderbilt as a faculty member.  In her free time, Jenni loves spending time with her family traveling, cooking, and enjoying the outdoors.