2019
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:

Bio for Celebration Dinner: 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 UVa Hospital, and the psychiatric Western State Hospital, while specializing in couples therapy. 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 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, her research focuses on predictors and outcomes of romantic experiences from adolescence into adulthood. Specifically, she is interested in the role of romantic relationships in optimal interpersonal and individual development and overall well-being. She has gained expertise using longitudinal data to assess how romantic relationships and mental health influence each other over time during the transition to adulthood. Additionally, she has provided psychotherapy and assessment for individuals through the Ainsworth Psychological Clinic, Behavioral Medicine Center at the UVa Hospital, and the psychiatric Western State Hospital, while specializing in couples therapy.

Thesis Description:

Romantic Relationship Predictors of Adolescent and Adult Mental Health

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