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. She is currently enrolled in a low-residency MFA program in Creative Nonfiction at Lesley University.
Jennifer 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.
In 2000, Jennifer founded Team Finch Consultants, offering specialized Gender and Sexuality Diversity consulting to PreK-12 schools. As these issues became increasingly relevant in social, political, religious and educational contexts, Jennifer expanded and refined her programs for schools and other organizations. Her conceptual and pedagogical models related to gender and sexuality continue to evolve, as she tries to keep pace with the profound and rapid change in this field.
As Covid-19 emerged in the Spring of 2020, Jennifer founded Re-Set School with a group of colleagues who wanted to help school leaders make their communities stronger, more equitable, and more adaptive during the pandemic. As the long-term, disruptive impact of this global pandemic became clear, Jennifer made a strategic decision to re-set her own professional goals. Team Finch Consultants shifted to Re-Set School. While Jennifer continues to work with schools needing gender and sexuality consultation, the focus of Re-Set School is on helping school communities center well-being in all that they do..
Jennifer has two young adult children, two fairly well-behaved dogs, and lives in Northampton, MA. She can be found on the pickleball court, hiking in the woods, riding her bike, visiting Maine, shooting pool or reading the newspaper (hard copy only).