Jamie Wernsman, PhD in Clinical Psychology

Assistant Professor, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences; Department of Psychology

Jamie Wernsman, PHD

Areas of Expertise:

  • Mental Health in Correctional Settings
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Criminalization of Mental Illness
  • Criminalization of LGBTQ+ Individuals
  • Disproportionate Minority Contact
  • Trauma-Informed Intervention


  • DePaul University, PhD, Chicago, Illinois 2009
  • DePaul University, MA, Chicago, Illinois 2006
  • University of Illinois at Chicago, BA, 2001


  • Youth reentry among African American males

Research Areas of Interest:

  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Youth Reentry

Certifications and /or licenses:

  • Illinois Clinical Psychology License

Select Publications:

  • Coker, K. L., Wernsman, J. R., Ikpe, U. N., Brooks, J. S., Bushell, L., & Kahn, B. (2014). Using the Massachusetts Youth Screening Instrument-Version 2 (MAYSI-2) on a Community Sample of African American and Latino/a Juvenile Offenders to Identify Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment Needs. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 41(4), 492-511.
  • 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.
  • Wernsman, J., Feldman, S., & Keys, C. (2005). Psychology and disabilities. In G. L. Albrecht (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Disability. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Selected Professional Experience:

  •  Principal Investigator, Evaluation Consultant, The Chicago Department of Public Health, Crisis Response and Recovery (CRR) Model for Survivors of Homicide
  • Associate Chair, Department of Forensic Psychology, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
  • Unit Psychologist, Acute Psychiatric Male Unit, Cook County Jail