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Jessica Ross

6015 West 75th Terrace


Prairie Village, Kansas 66208
JessicaLRoss@umkc.edu
407 683 8726

EDUCATION

Counseling Psychology, Doctoral Student, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, MO Present
- 3.95 GPA (4.0 scale).
- Current research interest: Psychosocial factors promoting positive youth development in early and late
adolescence.

Counseling and Guidance, Masters of Art, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, MO May, 2016
- 4.0 GPA (4.0 scale).

Psychology, Bachelor of Science, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL May, 2013


- Summa Cum Laude honors distinction.
- 3.94 Overall GPA, 4.0 Psychology GPA (4.0 scale).
- Minor: Education Curriculum and Instruction (4.0 minor GPA, 4.0 scale).

Sociology, Bachelor of Arts, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL May, 2013


- 3.94 Overall GPA, 4.0 Sociology GPA (4.0 scale).

DISSERTATION

Speaking Truth to Power: The Narratives of Gifted Black Youth in an Era of Risk Salience, In Progress
University of MissouriKansas City, Kansas City, MO

PRE-DISSERTATION

Career as a Badge of Courage: The Relationship between Existential Anxiety, Identity, November, 2015
and Purposeful Career Choice, University of MissouriKansas City, Kansas City, MO

HONORS THESIS

Is There Something About Mary?: Relationship Status as a Moderator of Prejudiced April, 2012
Responses to Lesbian Women and Gay Men, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
- Committee members: Dr. Catherine Cottrell (committee head), Dr. Gregory Webster, Dr. Martin
Heesacker.
- Awarded Summa Cum Laude, a designation reserved for the top 20% of honors thesis defenses seen by
the Department of Psychology.

MANUSCRIPTS

Langrehr, K., Morgan, S., Ross, J., Oh, M., & Chong, W. W. (2017). The cultural socialization experiences of
Asian adolescent transnational adoptees: Adoptee-Parent Discrepancies. Asian American Journal of
Psychology. (Manuscript under review).
Barber, C., & Ross, J. (2017). Cross-cohort changes in adolescents civic attitudes from 1999-2009: An
analysis of sixteen countries. Child Indicators Research. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s12187-017-
9452-0

Barber, C., Torney-Purta, J., Wilkenfeld, B., & Ross, J. (2015). Immigrant and native-born adolescents civic
knowledge and attitudes in Sweden and the United States: Emergent citizenship within developmental niches.
Research in Comparative and International Education, 10(1), 23-47.

PRESENTATIONS

Barber, C., Ross, J., Chong, W. W., & Sherman, K. (2016, August). Creating stronger communities: Fine arts
participation and adolescents civic engagement. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association
Annual Conference, Denver, CO.

Barber, C., Schaafsma, J., Chong, W. W., & Ross, J. (2016, August). Bullying victimization and civic
engagement: An analysis of a college sample. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association
Annual Conference, Denver, CO.

Barber, C., & Ross, J. (2016, April). Profiles of adolescents civic attitudes in sixteen countries: Examining
changes from 1999 to 2009. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual
Conference, Washington, DC.

Ross, J., & Barber, C. (2016, April). Career choice: The intersection of identity and purpose in adolescence.
Poster to be presented at the Society for Research on Adolescence Biennial Meeting, Baltimore, MD.

Barber, C, & Ross, J. (2015, December). Changes in civic attitudes between 1999 and 2009: Examining change
and inequality between and within countries. In G. White (Chair), Cross-national inequalities in preparation for
democratic participation: Reflections from the IEA Civic Education Study. Symposium presented at By the
People: Participatory Democracy, Civic Engagement, and Citizenship Education Conference, Tempe, AZ.

Ross, J., Oh, M., Gowen, M., & Marszalek, J. (2015, August). Development and psychometric properties of the
Existential Anxiety Questionnaire. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association Annual
Conference, Toronto, Canada.

Ross, J., & Barber, C. (2015, August). Developmental factors contributing to prosocial career development in
adolescence. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association Annual Conference, Toronto, Canada.

Greenwalt Morgan, S., Langrehr, K. J., Ross, J., Oh, M., Chong, W. (2015, August). Factors related to
transracially adoptive parents recognition of different forms of discrimination. Poster presented at the
American Psychological Association Annual Conference, Toronto, Canada.

Barber, C., Chong, W., Browne, S., Mendez, K., Ross, J., Schaafsma, B. A., & Wasson, J. (2015, August).
Civic engagement and school bullying: A cross-national analysis. Poster presented at the American
Psychological Association Annual Conference, Toronto, Canada.

Langrehr, K. J., Ross, J., Oh, M., Morgan, S., & Chong, W. (2015, August). Racial and Ethnic Socialization of
Children Adopted from Asian Countries: Parent-Child Agreement. Poster presented at the Asian American
Psychological Association Annual Conference, Toronto, Canada.
Barber, C., Munck, I., & Ross, J. (2015, April). Cross-cohort changes in youth civic attitudes from 1999 to
2009 in sixteen countries: An application of the alignment method to IEA data. Poster session presented at the
American Educational Research Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.

Barber, C., Ross, J., Higdon, J., & Torney-Purta, J. (2014, August). Schools and adolescents attitudes toward
immigrants: The role of threat in old and new democracies. Poster session presented at the American
Psychological Association Annual Conference, Washington, DC.

Edmondson, R., Langrehr, K, Blackmon, S., Ross, J., Joiner, A., Browne, S., Oh, M., Maung, J., Farrel, M.,
Choi, S.W., Marshik, J., Khanna, R., (2014, August). Recognition of White Privilege as a Mediator &
Moderator of Interracial Contact and Intergroup Anxiety. Poster session presented at the American
Psychological Association Annual Conference, Washington, D.C.

Cook, C.L., Cottrell, C.A, & Ross, J. L. (2014, June). Relationship status as a moderator of sexual prejudices.
Conference presentation presented at the 10th Biennial Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues
convention, Portland, OR.

Ross, J. L., Cook, C. L., & Cottrell, C. A. (2012, October). Relationship status as a moderator of prejudiced
responses to lesbian women and gay men. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Society of
Southeastern Social Psychologists, Gainesville, FL.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Career Development
Avila UniversityKansas City, MO
- Adjunct Instructor
- Instructor of 7 masters students in counseling psychology. Course content spanned history of
career development, theories and models, and application of skills with diverse populations.
Lectures took on a didactic approach, with opportunities for applied skill building via career self-
assessment, administration of partner assessments (Myers-Briggs Type Inventory and Self-
Directed Search), integrated report writing, and case study/vignette discussion. Students
provided brief class lectures on special topics of interest related to their individualized clinical
practice.

Adolescent Development
University of MissouriKansas City, Kansas City, MO August 2017Present
- Adjunct Instructor
- Instructor of 14 undergraduate pre-service teachers in middle school and secondary education in
an interactive asynchronous online class certified as meeting Higher Learning Commission
standards by UMKC Online. Created opportunities for large-group learner-learner interaction via
introduce yourself and student lounge forums as well as small-group interaction via weekly
discussion groups involving students from similar pre-service backgrounds and the instructor.
Learner-content interaction was managed via weekly learning modules including instructor video
material introductions, textbook and empirical readings, podcast and other media content,
summative quizzes, and application-based assignments. Course structure followed the three-
factor model of adolescent development: Fundamental changes, context, and psychosocial
development, with an emphasis on applying developmental transitions to the educational context.

Lifespan and Human Development,


University of MissouriKansas City, Kansas City, MO January 2017June 2017
- Adjunct Instructor
- Instructor of 36 masters and doctoral students in higher education administration and counseling
degree programs. Lectures emphasized small and large group discussion, critical thinking about
the connection between course concepts, and application of material to case studies in counseling
and education. Topics included major developmental theorists and theories (Freud, Piaget,
Erikson, Bronfenbrenner) and an in-depth analysis of various identity statuses (racial, gender,
religious, sexual orientation) and intersectionality in the developing person. Created and
implemented regular formative and summative assessments, including written discussion board
communication, group proposals and presentations, reflective writing assignments, and an
integrative research paper.

Principals and Methods of Research,


University of MissouriKansas City, Kansas City, MO August 2016December 2016
- Adjunct Instructor
- Instructor of 18 masters and doctoral level students enrolled in higher education administration
and counseling degree programs. Delivered comprehensive lessons for topics related to research
design and implementation, including but not limited to: Introductory descriptive and inferential
statistics, sampling methodology, various domains of research methodology, and issues of
reliability and validity. Maintained student records, including grades, attendance, and mid-
semester evaluations. Created and implemented regular formative and summative assessments
with timely feedback, including weekly quizzes; periodic benchmark assignments; article
annotations; and a comprehensive final research proposal including an introduction, literature
review, methodology, and data analysis plan. Utilized just-in-time teaching approaches to
customize lectures based on student responses to weekly reading quizzes.

Stress and Anxiety Management, Sociology of Women, August 2010May 2011,


University of Florida, Gainesville, FL January 2012May 2012
- Teachers Assistant
- Facilitated small group discussions discussing mental, physical, and emotional wellness amongst
college undergraduates.
- Held office hours and conference with students regarding papers and exams.
- Maintained attendance records, graded papers, and created exams.
- Planned and executed a guest lecture (April, 2012).

Alachua County Public Schools, Gainesville, FL January 2011May 2011


- Teachers Assistant
- Worked with students in a low-performing freshman English course, wherein all of the twenty
students had failed to pass state assessment exams.
- Guided students through assessment practice exercises to prepare them for spring exams.
- Facilitated a class read-through and performance of Shakespeares Romeo and Juliet.

COUNSELING EXPERIENCE

Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO August 2017Present


Under the supervision of Dr. Elisabeth Sundermeier
- Counselor
- Managed a caseload of 10 individual therapy clients at the Kansas City Art Institute, a private
university servicing students with dual majors in fine arts and liberal arts. Common client
presentations included adjustment issues, depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsions, and
Severe Persistent Mental Illness. Engaged in independent practice (scheduling, case
management, and consultation) with weekly supervision.
Colmery-ONeil VA Medical Center, Topeka, KS August 2016May 2017
Under the supervision of Drs. Jessica Modrell and Kalyn Diamond
- Counselor, Home-Based Primary Care
- Responsible for engaging primary care patients in advanced stages of chronic disease in
individualized psychotherapy and psychoeducation in the patients home as part of a home-based
health provider team. Typical presenting concerns included, but were not limited to, depression,
anxiety, complications due to multiple co-morbid and chronic physical health conditions, end-of-
life concerns, medical adherence, caregiver stress and support, and dementia. Evidence-based
treatments, such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Chronic Pain, were utilized in a modified
format with an emphasis placed on lifespan developmental concerns and considerations.
- Assessment experience includes clinical interviews and neuropsychological assessment for the
determination of capacity for independent living and/or progression of mental disease state,
report writing and interpretation of results, and providing feedback regarding test results to
veterans and their caregivers. Commonly utilized assessment measures include the Wechsler
Test of Adult Reading, the Repeatable Battery for the Assessment of Neuropsychological Status,
the Boston Naming Test, Trail Making Test, the Texas Functional Living Scale, and the Fuld
Object-Memory Evaluation Form.

Colmery-ONeil VA Medical Center, Topeka, KS January 2016August, 2016


Under the supervision of Dr. Dawn Gettman
- Counselor, Primary Care
- Responsible for engaging primary care patients in individual behavioral health interventions with
an emphasis in Empirically Supported Treatments as sponsored by the U.S. VA Medical Center
guidelines for evidence-based treatment. Such interventions include Cognitive-Behavioral
Therapy for Depression, Insomnia, and Chronic Pain as related to physical health disorders;
Motivational Interviewing for behavior change including medication adherence; and Problem
Solving related to stress management and adjustment difficulties post-diagnosis.
- As a group facilitator, responsible for engaging groups of veterans in therapeutic techniques
related to the mind-body connection of physical and mental health complaints. Co-facilitated
groups included MOVE! for veterans afflicted with obesity, a mindfulness group for veterans
experiencing anxiety and post-traumatic stress symptoms, a group for veterans afflicted with
physical ailments related to stroke and their caregivers, and a substance abuse treatment group
for veterans with co-morbid substance abuse and mental health diagnoses.
- This position required active engagement (consultation and co-facilitation) with other primary
care providers, including pharmacists, physicians, psychiatrists, social workers, dieticians, and
occupational therapists to focus on the health of the whole veteran.

The Guidance Center, Leavenworth, KS June 2015December 2015


Under the supervision of Drs. Mary Wilson and Jennifer Barron
- Counselor
- Responsible for maintaining a caseload of 15-25 clients utilizing un-insured (self-pay) services at
The Guidance Center, a non-profit service provider serving clients in Leavenworth County,
Kansas.
- Clinical responsibilities include scheduling and facilitating individual services for clients,
including active treatment planning and diagnosis; maintaining availability in Emergency
Services, a daily walk-in service clinic that serves as an access point for intakes and crisis
intervention; facilitating youth psychosocial group counseling efforts with children between the
ages of 3 and 5 meeting Severe Emotional Disturbance (SED) guidelines as determined by the
state of Kansas; and engaging actively in assessment cases by performing ethical testing and
writing valid report protocols.
- Other responsibilities include active collaboration with other clinical providers, including
medication prescribers, case managers, and attendant care workers, in providing acute and
specialized care to individuals meeting Severe Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI) guidelines as
determined by the state of Kansas; attending weekly training team meetings with clinical staff;
engaging in monthly didactic trainings; and collaborating and consulting with other community
agencies as necessary, with an emphasis on case management for individuals engaged in the
legal system.

Community Counseling and Assessment Services, Kansas City, MO August 2014May 2015,
Under the supervision of Dr. Julie Kohlhart January 2017Present
- Counselor
- Responsible for maintaining positive therapeutic relationships with clients utilizing services at
CCAS, a sliding scale fee therapeutic service provider for members of the Kansas City
metropolitan community.
- Primary responsibilities include file maintenance (making phone calls to clients, writing case
notes, collecting fees, and independent research of empirically valid treatment methods) and
facilitation of individual counseling sessions in a one-on-one capacity with children, adolescents,
and adults.
- Assessment Specialist
- Conducted cognitive assessments for children (ages 7-17) based on referral and in partnership
with area school districts to identify learning and intellectual strengths and difficulties. In
consultation with school personnel, modifications and recommendations were made to
supplement new or existing Individual Education Program and/or 504 plans. Common referral
questions included identification of learning disabilities, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity
disorder, and Autism Spectrum disorder diagnoses. Typical batteries included an extended
scholastic and medical records review, Wechsler Individual Achievement Test-IV, Wechsler
Intelligence Test for Children-IV, Gilliam Autism Rating Scale-3rd Edition, Woodcock-Johnson
Tests of Achievement-IV, and Behavior Assessment System for Children-3rd Edition.
- Supervisor
- Provided weekly individual clinical supervision to 2 first-semester masters level counseling
trainees and contributed to group supervision of 5 first-semester master level trainees on a
monthly basis. Supervision topics included tape and video analysis for microskills, diagnosis and
case conceptualization, theoretical framework development, and professional development.
Received weekly supervision of supervision.

Peaceful Paths Domestic Abuse Network August, August 2012May 2013


Alachua, Bradford, and Union Counties, FL
- Intern
- 160-hour internship as a child and youth advocate/counselor.
- Created and facilitated small group (two to six children) sessions for child clients, centered on
themes of abuse, anger and other feelings, safety, and healthy relationships (ages 5 11).
- Provided safe, educational childcare (two to six children) with a strong anti-violence and
empowerment approach (ages 0 4).
- Assisted with group (eight to 16 teens) lessons for teens at Interface Youth Program, a temporary
shelter for runaway teenagers, on topics pertinent to goal setting, good communication, and
healthy relationships.
- Selected by staff to continue service in a post-internship capacity as a Senior Intern, responsible
for aiding growth of incoming interns as well as developing a measure of outcome data for
current clients utilizing services.

Alachua County Crisis Center, Gainesville, FL Under the supervision of Dr. Marshall Knudson
May 2011July 2013
- CARE Team Associate (October 2012July 2013)
- Member of the Crisis Centers emergency mobile outreach team. Responsible for responding in-
person to active crises in the community, including but not limited to suicide intervention, death
notifications, and community debriefs.
- In-house Trainer (May 2012July 2013)
- Supported incoming phone counselors throughout their first phone shifts and six-month
probationary period through mentorship and extensive phone room training.
- Certified Phone Counselor (May 2011July 2013)
- Provided phone counseling for some of the 60,000 phone calls the Crisis Center receives on its
phone lines each yearincluding the Alachua County local crises phone lines, the National
Suicide Hotline, and the Alachua County Rumor Control hotlinein over 500 hours of service.
- Helped facilitate Crisis Intervention Training with local law enforcement to generate better
interactions between law enforcement and the public in high crisis situations.
- Prepared and delivered suicide prevention outreach presentations for health classes in Alachua
County Public Schools.

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

Research under Mentorship of Dr. Carolyn Barber August 2013Present


University of MissouriKansas City, Kansas City, MO
- Research Assistant
- Assisted in aspects of proposal and manuscript preparation and submission, including literature
searches; table and figure formatting; and manuscript editing. Contributed to the preparation of
conference presentations regarding bullying and adolescent socialization and cross-national
indicators of social studies education.

Dr. Kimberly Langrehrs Socialization, Race, and Culture Research Team August 2013Present
University of MissouriKansas City, Kansas City, MO
- Research Assistant
- Responsible for contributing to study design and data collection for quantitative studies
regarding self perceptions of multicultural competency in counseling trainees, the utilization of
biofeedback as an objective measure of multicultural competency in counseling trainees, and
perceptions of racial and anti-adoptee prejudice in trans-national adoptive families.

Dr. Natalie Ebners Social-Cognitive and Affective Development Laboratory, May 2012May 2013
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
- Lab Assistant
- Conducted literature searches and facilitated study implementation for laboratory studies
involving attention and memory for socio-emotional information in young and older adults.
- Demonstrated reliability in analyzing and interpreting data from past and current studies using
SPSS.

Dr. Catherine Cottrells Stigmatization and Prejudice Laboratory, April 2010May 2012
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
- Lab Assistant
- Interacted on an individual basis with participants in a professional atmosphere in studies
focusing on personal stigmatization of and prejudice toward minority groups (specifically ethnic,
religious, and sexual minorities).
- Contributed to the research process by giving feedback and making adjustments to ongoing
studies in the lab.
RELEVANT WORK EXPERIENCE

Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology, August 2013May 2016


University of MissouriKansas City, Kansas City, MO
- Research Assistant
- Under the mentorship of Dr. Carolyn Barber, through the Spencer Foundation New Civics
Initiative small grant. Gathered relevant literature and assisted with data cleaning to co-author
two manuscripts and several conference presentations. This work measured cross-cohort changes
in prosocial civic beliefs in large-scale, cross-national samples.

Student-Athlete Support Services Office, August 2014December 2014


University of MissouriKansas City, Kansas City, MO
- Mentor
- Responsible for assisting freshman, transition, and at-risk student athletes in accomplishing their
academic and social goals. Facilitated individualized weekly meetings for eight student athletes,
promoting psychoeducational materials related to issues such as time management, test anxiety,
self-care, and career choice.

Office of the Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology August 2013August 2014
University of MissouriKansas City, Kansas City, MO
- Graduate Assistant
- Admissions: Served as the point of contact for applicants for the University of MissouriKansas
Citys doctoral program in Counseling Psychology and masters and education specialist
programs in Counseling and Guidance. Organized applicant data, including admissions
materials, scholarship applications, and interview needs. Arranged housing and transportation
details for on-campus doctoral program interview and was responsible for the planning and
implementation of both the applicant pre-interview social hour as well as interview day lunch.
- Administrative work: Responsible for maintaining communication between the Division of
Counseling and Educational Psychology faculty, current students, and potential applicants for the
three graduate programs the division serves across email and phone communication.

ACADEMIC AWARDS AND HONORS

- Preparing Future Faculty Scholar Award (March, 2016). University of MissouriKansas City, Kansas
City, Missouri. Two-year fellowship awarded by the UMKC School of Graduate Studies to support
development of academic careers.
- Hazel Knutson Award (February, 2016). University of MissouriKansas City, Kansas City, Missouri.
Scholarship awarded by the UMKC Womens Graduate Assistance Fund for development and
dissemination of research projects.
- Samuel L. and Peni P. Colville Award (January, 2015). University of MissouriKansas City, Kansas
City, Missouri. Scholarship awarded by the UMKC Womens Graduate Assistance Fund for excellence
in Education studies.
- Dr. Phyliss L. Bernstein Scholarship (April, 2014). University of MissouriKansas City, Kansas City,
Missouri. Scholarship awarded by the UMKC School of Education for academic excellence.
- Stuart Moldaw Scholarship Award Winner (May, 2012). Saint Peter, MN. Scholarship awarded to 20
Ross Store associates nationally who demonstrate academic achievement and leadership.
- Summa Cum Laude Honors Distinction (April, 2012). University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.
- O. Ruth McQuown Scholarship Award Winner (April, 2012). University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.
Scholarship awarded to students studying the social sciences that display both excellence in academic
achievement and a commitment to breaking down racial and gender barriers in their work.
- Anderson Scholarship Award Winner (April, 2012). University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. Scholarship
awarded to three outstanding junior or senior students qualifying as Anderson Scholars in the College of
Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Florida.
- Inducted to Psi Chi International Honor Society (April, 2011). University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.
- Anderson Scholar of Distinction (September, 2011). University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. Designated
to University of Florida students possessing a GPA over 3.9.
- Inducted to Golden Key International Honour Society (November, 2010). University of Florida,
Gainesville, FL. Induction is limited to the top 15% of enrolled students at the University of Florida.
- Deans List Award (January 2010). University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.

SKILLS

Computer: Qualtrics Online Survey Software; AVATAR electronic medical record; CPRS electronic medical
record.
Statistics: Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS); IBM Analysis of Moment Structures (AMOS).
Licensure: Registered Domestic Violence Advocate (state of Florida) through the Florida Coalition Against
Domestic Violence (FCADV); Faculty Certification in Online Teaching via UMKC Online.