Jamie Wernsman

Jamie Wernsman

Interim Associate Department Chair
  • Department Faculty
    Forensic Psychology

  • The Chicago School Chicago
Forensic Psychology
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Office Location
Office Phone
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Dr. Jamie Wernsman obtained her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at DePaul University in 2009, and has been an Illinois licensed clinical psychologist since 2010. She completed her post-doctoral fellowship with the Isaac Ray Center at Cermak Health Services of Cook County Jail and her pre-doctoral internship in the forensic track at New York University/Bellevue Hospital Center where she provided forensic assessments including fitness evaluations and risk assessments. She also served as Director of the Acute Psychiatric Unit at the Cook County Jail from 2010 to 2012 where she developed programming for seriously mentally ill offenders. Dr. Wernsman’s areas of interest include mass incarceration, disproportionate minority contact, as well as the criminalization of LGBT populations and persons with mental illness.

  • B.A., University of Illinois at Chicago, 2001
  • M.A., DePaul University, 2005
  • Ph.D., DePaul University, 2009
  • Illinois Licensed Psychologist
Areas Of Expertise

Select Publications

  • Kahn, B., O’Donnell, P., Wernsman, J., Bushell, L., & Kavanaugh, A. (2007). Making the connection: Legal advocacy and mental health services. Family Court Review, 54(3), 486-500. 
  • McMahon, S. D., Wernsman, J., & Parnes, A. L. (2006). Understanding prosocial behavior: The impact of empathy and gender among African American adolescents, Journal of Adolescent Health, 39(1), 135-137.

Professional Memberships

  • Member of American Psychological Association (APA) 
  • Member of APA Division 41 (AP-LS)

Community Involvement

  • Past Research Consultant, Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission, Chicago, IL 
  • Past Pro Bono Group Facilitator, Howard Brown Health Center, Chicago, IL