Jennifer Sayer

ON A PERSONAL NOTE:
Always up for a cupcake, when Im not working to end violence I can be found trying to get into the lotus position, watching anything funny, or running after my 3 kids.

Jennifer Messina, Ph.D.
Consultant

As a therapist for over 10 years I intersected daily with the human cost of power-based personal violence. I believed that the best I could do was help glue shattered people back together. I didn't dare to hope that I could prevent them from being broken in the first place. As the mother of 3, I spent too many years resigned to the fact that one of my children would end up carrying a story of their own assault. The first time I heard about Green Dot etc., this all changed. Hope was awakened in me and I have since been propelled into this work with a sense of urgency and optimism. I have spent the past four years watching people across the country be inspired and mobilized to action. I become more certain each day that as a direct result of our work, rates of power-based personal violence will go down. Not long ago my youngest daughter gave me a pin that said "My Mother is a Goddess" (mind you she's on the right track) and I realized that the window of time in which she believes I can do anything is limited. She has inspired me to have the audacity to believe that I can and will be a part of making this world safer.

Professional Information

Jennifer Messina, Ph.D. is a consultant for Green Dot etc.. A graduate of Dartmouth College she attained her masters and doctorate degrees in Clinical Psychology from the University of Virginia. Dr. Messina completed her internship at Duke University Medical Center and a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Virginia. She has 15 years of clinical experience with an emphasis on trauma and recovery from violence. She was also a professor at James Madison University and Washington & Lee University. With an emphasis in primary prevention, she has coordinated prevention efforts at the local and regional level. Dr. Messina consults on special projects for Green Dot etc. Inc.

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