Jamie Wernsman



Jamie Wernsman

Associate Department Chair

  • Department Faculty

  • Campus:
  • Downtown Chicago
Forensic Program
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Address Map of 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza Chicago IL 60654
Office 4034
222 Merchandise Mart Plaza
Chicago, IL 60654

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.

Education History
Degree Institution Year
B.A. University of Illinois, Chicago, IL 2001
M.A. DePaul University, Chicago, IL 2005
Ph.D. DePaul University, Chicago, IL 2009
Professional Memberships
Role Organization
Member American Psychological Association (APA)
Member APA Division 41 (AP-LS)
Licensed Psychologist, Illinois
Community Involvement
Role Organization
Past Research Consultant Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission, Chicago, IL
Past Pro Bono Group Facilitator Howard Brown Health Center, Chicago, IL

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 Skills
Youth Reentry, Forensic Assessment in Juvenile & Family Court, Justice-Involved LGBT Individuals, Mentally Ill Offenders, Mental Health Treatment in Correctional Settings