Jessy Minney, Ph.D.

Program Development and Evaluation Manager

Jessy Minney, Ph.D., joined the Foundation in 2018 as research associate. In 2020, she moved into the role of program development and evaluation manager.

In this role, Jessy is responsible for assisting the Foundation in developing a comprehensive understanding of community needs, understanding relevant public policy that impacts the Foundation’s work and understanding challenges and opportunities in the communities the Foundation serves.

She is a prevention scientist, with much of her research focusing on social influences, bullying and cyber-bullying, theories of behavior change, prevention of mental illness in children and intervention design and implementation.

Jessy earned undergraduate degrees in psychology and English from the State University of New York at Buffalo, a master’s degree in clinical child psychology and a Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Alabama.

Following her doctorate, she was awarded a postdoctoral position at Arizona State University’s Research and Education Advancing Children’s Health Institute where she studied innovative approaches to prevention science and advanced research methods.

Jessy lives in Buffalo with her cat.