Julie Jacobs is a frequent collaborator at the Center for Psychotherapy Research. She is a clinical psychologist who worked full-time at the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Cognitive Therapy, where cognitive behavioral therapy was developed, for eight years. Since 2000, she has worked as a protocol therapist and as a supervisor in numerous clinical studies of the treatment of anxiety and depressive disorders. Dr. Jacobs earned her master's and doctoral degrees at Vanderbilt University, did an internship at Dartmouth, and completed the extramural program at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy. She has been supervising medical residents and master's and doctoral level therapists since 2001, and now works in private practice.
Robert Gallop, PhD
Jody Kashden, PhD (she/her/hers)
Jody Kashden is the Senior Director of Clinical Development and Performance Improvement at Penn Medicine Princeton House Behavioral Health. She oversees all outpatient clinical programming, staff training, and performance improvement initiatives for a large central New Jersey behavioral healthcare provider. Her work involves the development of treatment programs, and she has put together programs for various hospital initiatives including animal-assisted interventions, medication-assisted treatment, and specific child-adolescent engagement projects. In addition, she has taken a leadership role in hospital-wide Diversity and Inclusion initiatives, and programs supporting social determinants of health. Her position is clinically focused, but she does participate in research initiatives, including collaborations with the Center for Psychotherapy Research. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Child Clinical Psychology at West Virginia University and has a broad background in psychology with specialized training in behavioral treatment. She completed a one-year Neuropsychology Internship at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center where she worked with a wide range of patients of all ages, and provided psychological services to students at Columbia University. She had her Postdoctoral training in Child Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of Alabama Birmingham’s Medical Center, where she participated in many research initiatives and produced several journal articles from that work. Prior to her current appointment, she served as Clinical Director of Child and Adolescent Services at Penn Medicine Princeton House Behavioral Health and developed their Animal-assisted Therapy Program. From that work we were able to produce 2 presentations and one journal article, published in 2021. She has served as the Director of Training and continues to mentor staff seeking training in applied behavioral healthcare.
Jena Fisher, PhD (she/her/hers)
Jena Fisher is the Senior Executive Director of Clinical Services and Innovation for the Adult Behavioral Health division of Merakey. She previously worked as Director of Integrated Behavioral Health and a Behavioral Health Consultant with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, and as the Clinical Lead with the Health Federation of Philadelphia. She earned her doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of Virginia and completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Integrated Care and Behavioral Medicine at Cherokee Health Systems. For almost 20 years, Merakey and the Center for Psychotherapy Research have partnered on examining clinical outcomes in a community-based healthcare setting.
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