Jennifer Bryan, Ph.D.

Dr. Bryan earned her BA in Creative Writing at Princeton, her masters and doctorate in Counseling Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University and studied for a year at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She began her career teaching English and coaching at The Hotchkiss School, taught briefly at Northfield Mount Hermon School and was a graduate level instructor in Group Theory, Dynamics and Practice in the Counseling Psychology department at Teachers College, Columbia University and at the Smith College School for Social Work in Northampton, MA.

Dr. Bryan did her graduate clinical internship in Psychology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a post-doctoral fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, MA. She worked in the Counseling Center at the University of Connecticut in Storrs before opening a private psychotherapy practice in Northampton, MA in 1994. In addition to providing therapy for adults, adolescents, couples, and groups, she offered clinical and organizational consultation to individual schools, local school districts and social service agencies.

Dr. Bryan began offering specialized gender and sexuality consultation to PreK-12 schools in 2001. As these issues have become increasingly relevant in social, political, religious and educational contexts, Jennifer continues to expand and refine her programs for schools and other organizations. She published a comprehensive text From the Dress-Up Corner to the Senior Prom: Navigating Gender and Sexuality Diversity in PreK-12 Schools with Rowman and Littlefield Education in 2012 and is currently working on a second edition of that book.

Her conceptual and pedagogical models related to gender and sexuality continue to evolve, (trying to!) keep pace with the profound and rapid social changes occurring every day in the culture at large.

Watch Jennifer’s interview with Channel 6, Portland, ME and the Gardner Carney Leadership Institute.

Who is part of Team Finch?

Jordon Balskus, Technology and Communications Manager

Jordon Balskus is a senior at the University of Massachusetts Amherst studying computer engineering. This May, he hopes to move to Boston to pursue a career in the technology industry. In his free time, he enjoys water skiing, web development projects, and spending time with family.

Janah Boccio, LCSW, Consultant

Janah Boccio, LCSW, has over 12 years of experience teaching students
and parents about sex and sexuality. In addition to working at an independent school in New York City, Janah maintains a psychotherapy practice where she works with adolescents and adults focusing mainly on anxiety, relationships, and gender and sexuality diversity issues. She writes a monthly advice column for parents and caregivers on how to answer their children’s questions about sex and sexuality. She is currently working towards her Ph.D. in Sexuality Education at Widener University. Janah received her MSW from Smith College School for Social Work and her BA in Psychology from Macalester College.

Joe Mangine, Ph.D., Research Coordinator

Dr. Mangine earned his BA in History at Bates College, his MA in Counseling at UNH, and his PhD in Counseling Psychology at The Pennsylvania State University. He began his career teaching history and coaching at Brewster Academy. He has remained involved with education, in positions ranging from Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees at the Common School in Amherst, Massachusetts to Adjunct Clinical Faculty at the University of Massachusetts.

Dr. Mangine has been a therapist since 1986 and became a licensed psychologist in 1996. He is currently owner of and principal at New Albany Psychological Services, LLC, in New Albany, Ohio, and a founding principal of Summit Performance Group. He has provided clinical services, training, and consultation in different settings, including clinics, schools, universities, companies, and hospitals. Throughout his work, Dr. Mangine has remained a committed student of our developing understanding of sex, gender and sexuality.

Christopher Overtree, Ph.D., Consultant

Dr. Christopher E. Overtree is the Executive Director of the Aloha Foundation Family of Camps and Programs and the former Director of the Psychological Services Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he also served as a Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology. Dr. Overtree received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Princeton University and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, with an intensive clinical internship at Dartmouth Medical School focusing on community mental health for children and families. He went on to become an Assistant Professor and Graduate Program Director at New England College in Henniker New Hampshire before his work at the University of Massachusetts and the Aloha Foundation. Chris has won several awards for teaching and community service, and is a sought-after public speaker, author and consultant to schools, mental health and human service agencies where he specializes in program development, institutional climate and healthy organizational systems. He is a licensed clinical psychologist in both Massachusetts and Vermont.

Rob Tuckman, Consultant

Rob Tuckman has worked in the capacity of school counselor for the past 22 years in five schools across the world;  Children’s Psychiatric Center’s High Point School, Manalapan, NJ, The Pennington School, Pennigton NJ, The Anglican School, Jerusalem, Israel, Cincinnati Country Day School, Cincinnati, OH and Princeton Day School, Princeton, NJ.  He has taught in the classroom, been a head coach at the Varsity, Junior Varsity and Middle School level and chaired the Crisis Response Team whose charge was/is to develop a Crisis response procedures and protocols. Rob is currently in private practice in Newtown, PA, working with teens, young-adults, and adults.

Jonathan Wilson, Consultant

Jonathan Wilson, MSW, LCSW has worked for 26 years in independent boarding schools where he has pursued various roles: instructor in human development, college advisor, admissions associate, coach, counselor and dorm parent.  Currently, Jonathan maintains a private psychotherapy practice in Lakeville, CT. He also works as a counselor at The Hotchkiss School and is a clinical consultant for several other independent schools.  Additionally, he is a faculty member at The Stanley King Counseling Institute and is a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator.  The Daring Way ™ is a highly experiential methodology based on the research of Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW.  Jonathan received his BS in clinical psychology from St. Lawrence University and MSW in clinical social work from The University of Connecticut.

Jennifer’s capacity to engage a faculty is outstanding. She is so clearly a teacher herself. Her ideas are presented in both an accessible and substantive fashion. She is acutely sensitive to where each teacher is in his or her own growth and, at the same time, keeps everyone’s focus trained on the essential work of developing the skills to make a school safe for ALL children. A day with Jennifer is one that will fill you up with knowledge, provoke your self-awareness, and propel you in your own learning. In our school, Jennifer’s work has been on-going, spanning several years. Her ability to work with all constituenices – parents, trustees, faculty and students – and to generate an evolving process of both individual and institutional growth is impressive.

Ralph Wales, Head of School, Gordon School, East Providence, RI

Jennifer Bryan’s visit to our school was of extraordinary value for students, faculty and parents alike. Her open and authentic presentation style lends itself well to a topic that needs better understanding, particularly as schools strive to be safe and inclusive places for students and families. Through spending time with Dr. Bryan, faculty gained a better understanding of and confidence in their abilities to help students navigate the complexities of gender and sexuality. Parents who attended Dr. Bryan’s talk described her as riveting and spot-on fabulous, and left the discussion feeling that it is a wonderful time to be raising children! All constituents at our school–students, parents, and faculty–eagerly await Jennifer’s next visit.

Melanie Battistone, Assistant Head of School for Program and Philosophy, McGillis School, SLC, Utah