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Department welcomes Dr. Michaeline Jensen

We are delighted to announce that Dr. Michaeline Jensen has joined the department!

Dr. Jensen is an Assistant Professor in the Clinical Psychology Program and the Director of the Interactions and Relationships Lab (IRL). She earned her BA in Psychology at the University of Arizona and her PhD in Clinical Psychology (with a child/family prevention emphasis) at Arizona State University, after which she completed on a Clinical Internship at a community clinic in Portland, Oregon; she also conducted research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a Postdoctoral Fellow funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

Michaeline’s research examines the ways in which adolescents develop in their social contexts, including families, peers, and neighborhoods, with a focus on the cultural environments in which these contexts are embedded. Increasingly, these social connections are occurring not just face to face, but through mobile phones and online. Michaeline’s research recognizes this shift in communication patterns; she uses mobile phones to understand the role of technology in relationship maintenance, mental health, and substance use among young people and to assess and uncover social-communication processes that researchers often struggle to accurately assess via traditional self-report. From a clinical standpoint, her favorite domains of practice include parent training, family therapy, multicultural therapy, and work with adolescents.

In her free time, Michaeline enjoys hiking, biking, and reading science fiction.

Students who are interested in pursuing undergraduate or graduate research opportunities are encouraged to check out the IRL website and contact Dr. Jensen for additional information.