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.
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 she 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.
She recently founded Re-Set School, a new consulting entity envisioned by a diverse team of experienced educators in the Spring of 2020. Re-Set’s short-term goal is to help school leaders make their communities stronger, more equitable, and more adaptive during the Covid-19 pandemic. Jennifer sees the massive disruption caused by pandemic-driven education as a challenge, but also as an opportunity. The long-term goal for Re-Set is to help schools use the lessons of the pandemic to build back stronger and more equitably, to ensure that school mission and values are lived out on a daily basis.
As a coach, she contributes to the professional development of individuals and groups who want to grow their leadership capacities, improve performance and deepen satisfaction in work well done.
Jennifer has two young adult children, two fairly well-behaved dogs, and lives in Northampton, MA.