Jessica C. Kichler, CDCES, Ph.D., C.Psych.
I worked in multiple academic medical settings as a pediatric psychologist in the US for almost 15 years, and then pivoted in 2020 to the university setting at the University of Windsor in Ontario, Canada. I completed my BA in Psychology at Washington University in St. Louis in Missouri, and my MA and PhD in Clinical Psychology with a focus on Child Psychology, from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. I completed my pre-doctoral internship at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois, in both eating disorders and pediatric psychology. Then, I completed my post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in pediatric psychology where I started my research program in Type 1 Diabetes.
I was previously employed at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Wisconsin as well as at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio as a pediatric psychologist. I was also on clinical faculty with the Medical College of Wisconsin and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, respectively, where I was promoted to full professor on the clinician-educator track. I provided a great deal of supervision and mentorship to trainees in these hospital settings at the practicum, internship, and post-doctoral levels.
My primary research interests include pediatric health psychology, especially in Type 1 Diabetes and young adult transition to adulthood. I conduct clinical interventions and explore psychosocial adjustment and coping with medical conditions in youth and their families. In addition, I am a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist in the US; therefore, I am very involved in diabetes education practices and appreciate working collaboratively in interdisciplinary settings.
Teaching and Supervision
I enjoy teaching both graduate and undergraduate courses about family functioning, promotion of positive parenting practices, methods of behavioral change, and health psychology. In addition, I continue to provide clinical training and supervision in various cognitive-behavioral therapy modalities.