- TCS Online
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Dr. Jessica Cerniak's training as a clinical psychologist has led her to study and work in various parts of the country and, more recently, internationally. 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 training 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 master's and doctoral degree in clinical psychology with concentrations in psychological assessment and child and adolescent treatment. She returned to Chicago to complete her APA-accredited predoctoral internship training at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. In May 2017, Dr. Cerniak completed a certificate in Global Education for the 21st Century at the UN Mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica.
Dr. Cerniak is a licensed clinical psychologist whose clinical experience includes providing individual, group, and family therapy in a wide range of settings, including elementary, middle-school, high school and college counseling centers; private practice; community mental health centers; and various hospital units, such as emergency rooms and inpatient and partial hospitalization programs. She first joined TCSPP in 2006. Initially working as the associate director and then director of training for the Clinical PsyD program in Chicago, Dr. Cerniak transitioned into an Associate Professor position with the MAP program in 2011. In addition to teaching and conducting research, she is active in her local community, co-chairing and representing health professionals as a voting board member on a county maternal, child and adolescent health advisory board and volunteering at a local school. Dr. Cerniak also is an active member of the CPA/SVPA Grassroots Stakeholder Team and serves as a peer reviewer for the Online Learning Journal.
- Education History
Degree Institution Psy.D. Clinical Psychology University of Denver, Denver, CO M.A. Clinical Psychology University of Denver, Denver, CO M.A. Clinical Psychology with an Emphasis in Marriage & Family Therapy Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA B.A. Psychology & Communication Studies University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
- Professional Memberships
Role Organization Member American Psychological Association (APA) Member Society for the Teaching of Psychology (APA Division 2) Registrant National Register of Health Service Psychologists Member California Psychological Association (CPA) Mentor Million Women Mentors
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Illinois
- Community Involvement
Role Organization Co-Chair, Health Professional Representative, Voting Board Member County Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health Advisory Board Review Board Member, Peer and Ad Hoc Online Learning Journal (OLJ) CPA Grassroots Stakeholder Team Member California Psychological Association Member Leadership & Advocacy Conference and Lobby Day, annual CPA March meeting and direct lobbying efforts in Sacramento, CA Volunteer, Fundraiser, Purchaser local school Peer Faculty Mentor National Center for Teaching and Learning, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
- Areas of Expertise
Area Expertise Marriage & Family Family Therapy Psychology Subdisciplines - Clinical Psychology Therapeutic/Theoretical Orientation Constructivist/Narrative Theory Family Systems Theory
Title Location Date Students’ successful completion of graduate psychology programs. 30th Annual Conference on Distance Teaching and Learning, Madison, WI 8/2014 The 21st century classroom: Using social media. Los Angeles County Psychological Association, Los Angeles, CA 10/2013 Training to train: Learning the role and responsibilities of an academic director of training. National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology (NCSPP), Puerto Rico 1/2011 Putting the puzzle together: The path to a successful internship match National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology (NCSPP), Puerto Rico 1/2011
Newhouse, N., & Cerniak, J. (2016). Student success factors in graduate psychology programs. Online Learning Journal, 20 (1), 70-92.
- Professional Skills
life span psychology, online learning at the graduate level, social media in the classroom, clinical training, clinical psychology, introduction to diversity and psychology