2019
Alumni (Fellow)

Jess Kansky

Jefferson Scholars Foundation Fellow
Mountaintop, Pennsylvania
Degrees:
B.A. University of Pennsylvania (2011)
M.A. University of Virginia (2016)
Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
Psychology

Bio:

Jessica Kansky is a doctoral student in clinical psychology at the University of Virginia working with Joe Allen in the Virginia Institute for Development in Adulthood. She graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania in 2011 where she conducted research at the Positive Psychology Center, Center for Psychotherapy Research, and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Currently, Jessica’s research focuses on psychosocial predictors and outcomes of healthy romantic experiences from adolescence into adulthood. She has provided psychotherapy and assessment for individuals through the Ainsworth Psychological Clinic, Behavioral Medicine Center at the U.Va. Hospital, and the psychiatric Western State Hospital, while specializing in couples therapy. She has received several teaching awards including an All-University Distinguished Teaching Award for the Social Sciences, Psychology Graduate Teaching Award, and a Distinguished Teaching Fellowship. Most recently, she was awarded a Raven Society Scholarship and Dean’s Dissertation Completion Fellowship.

Thesis Description:

Romantic Relationship Predictors of Adolescent and Adult Mental Health

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