Dr. Jessica Cerniak’s training as a clinical psychologist has led her to study and work in various parts of the country. She first earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Communication Studies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Dr. Cerniak then relocated to California and earned a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology, with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy, at Pepperdine University. As part of that program, her clinical training experiences focused on Narrative therapy and work with culturally diverse children, adolescents, and families in school settings. Dr. Cerniak then transferred to the University of Denver where she completed a doctoral degree in clinical psychology with concentrations in psychological assessment and child and adolescent treatment. While there, she trained in diverse settings including college counseling and employee assistance programs; hospital-based inpatient, day treatment and eating disorder programs; community mental health centers and private practices. She then returned to Chicago to complete her predoctoral internship training at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center.
To date, her professional experience includes working as a clinical training director and teaching at the master’s and doctoral levels. Dr. Cerniak has co-presented at the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology and is an active member of the CPA/SVPA Grassroots Stakeholder Team. Dr. Cerniak also is an Early Career Scholarship winner and Registrant with National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology, and is a licensed clinical psychologist.
American Psychological Association (APA)
California Psychological Association (CPA)
Sacramento Valley Psychological Association (SVPA)
National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology
Member, Grassroots Stakeholder Team, CPA/SVPA
Leadership & Advocacy Conference and Lobby Day, annual March meetings and direct lobbying efforts in Sacramento, CA
Newhouse, N., & Cerniak, J. (August, 2014). Student success factors in graduate psychology programs. 30th Annual Conference on Distance Teaching and Learning, Madison, WI.
Cerniak, J. (October, 2013). The 21st century classroom: Using social media. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Los Angeles County Psychological Association, Culver City, CA.
Cerniak, J., & Farmer, T. (2011). Training to train: Learning the role and responsibilities of an academic director of training. Poster presented at the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology (NCSPP) Midwinter Conference, Puerto Rico.
Farmer, T., & Cerniak, J. (2011). Putting the puzzle together: The path to a successful internship match. Poster presented at the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology (NCSPP), Midwinter Conference, Puerto Rico.