Jessica Morris, PhD
Faculty on Leave of Absence, Psychology and Counseling Program
Residency Site: Plainfield VT
PhD in Clinical Psychology, University of Vermont
AB in Psychology and Women’s Studies, Vassar College
Areas of Expertise
Research Methods (Quantitative and Qualitative), Lesbian Identity and Psychology, Sexual Orientation, Psychometrics, and Teaching Psychology
So much of psychology involves thinking on multiple levels, attending to the smallest details while keeping an understanding of the whole. I bring this perspective to working with students, both as a method of teaching and a skill to teach. My goal is to work collaboratively with students to identify specific areas of learning within the larger context of professional objectives.
I am a licensed clinical psychologist and certified health services provider in Massachusetts. My career is a combination of teaching, clinical work, research, writing, and professional activities. Conducting psychological testing and assessment, I work with children and adults. My background in psychotherapy has been primarily with adults in individual cognitive-behavioral and behavioral therapy. I also have experience with substance abuse treatment, group therapy, couples and family therapy, brief therapy, and feminist therapy. Most clients with whom I work have been low-income in both rural and inner city settings.
My primary area of research is in lesbian psychology with a particular focus on the development and disclosure of lesbian identity. I examined the relationship between mental health and being out for lesbian and bisexual women. For my research, I have received a number of awards. Recently, the areas on which I have focused include, lesbian and bisexual women of color, lesbian and bisexual mothers, and the role of the ex-gay movement and reparative therapy on public policy. For many years I have been active in, and dedicated to, the work of Division 44, the Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Issues, serving on the Executive Committee and as the 1999 Division 44 Convention Program Chair.