Jessica Jenness, PhD

Dr. Jenness is a clinical child psychologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington. She earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Denver. She is the director of the Adolescent Adversity and Depression Intervention (AADI) lab that focuses on the study of neurobiological and environmental risk factors related to youth depression, with an overarching goal on how we can use this information to create more effective depression interventions. Her current research projects include NIMH-funded studies on the neural and behavioral changes that predict treatment response to behavioral activation for depressed adolescents (K23/NARSAD) and adaptation of behavioral activation to an online platform (R03, R34). She also leads a project examining innovative ways to increase access to adolescent depression care (Garvey Innovation Grant). In addition to research, Dr. Jenness is an Attending Psychologist in the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program at Seattle Children’s Hospital where she primarily treats adolescent depression and suicide. She has also trained mental health professionals at various sites around the US in the use of behavioral activation with adolescents.


Doctorate: University of Denver, Denver
Fellowship: University of Washington, Seattle

Department Affiliations

Other Affiliations

Mood and Anxiety Program – Seattle Children’s Hospital

Recent Publications

Association of Demographic and Socioeconomic Indicators With the Use of Wearable Devices Among Children.
(2023 Mar 1)
JAMA Netw Open 6(3): e235681
Kim EH, Jenness JL, Miller AB, Halabi R, de Zambotti M, Bagot KS, Baker FC, Pratap A

Lessons learned from designing an asynchronous remote community approach for behavioral activation intervention for teens.
(2022 Apr)
Behav Res Ther 151(): 104065
Jenness JL, Bhattacharya A, Kientz JA, Munson SA, Nagar RR

Designing Asynchronous Remote Support for Behavioral Activation in Teenagers With Depression: Formative Study.
(2021 Jul 13)
JMIR Form Res 5(7): e20969
Bhattacharya A, Nagar R, Jenness J, Munson SA, Kientz JA

Reward processing modulates the association between trauma exposure and externalizing psychopathology.
(2020 Nov 1)
Clin Psychol Sci 8(6): 989-1006
Kasparek SW, Jenness JL, McLaughlin KA

Developmental Variation in the Associations of Attention Bias to Emotion with Internalizing and Externalizing Psychopathology.
(2021 Jun)
Res Child Adolesc Psychopathol 49(6): 711-726
Jenness JL, Lambert HK, Bitrán D, Blossom JB, Nook EC, Sasse SF, Somerville LH, McLaughlin KA

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