Jess Kansky

Jefferson Jefferson Scholars Foundation Fellow
Class: 2019
Hometown: Mountaintop, Pennsylvania
B.A. University of Pennsylvania (2011)
M.A. University of Virginia (2016)
Graduate School of Arts & Sciences

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. Prior to attending U.Va., she studied risk and resilience in military families at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. She received her B.A. in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania where she conducted research at the Positive Psychology Center, Center for Psychotherapy Research, and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Currently, her research focuses on predictors and outcomes of romantic experiences from adolescence in adulthood. Specifically, she is interested in the role of romantic relationships in optimal interpersonal and individual development and overall well-being.

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