Jessy joined the Foundation in 2018 as research associate.
In this role, Jessy will be 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 an undergraduate degree in psychology and English from the State University of New York at Buffalo, a Master of Arts 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.
A Buffalo native, Jessy is very happy to be back in New York State; she currently resides in Liverpool with her cat.