Jennifer Bryan, PhD, is a psychologist, consultant, coach, speaker and author with over 35 years of experience working in educational and clinical settings. She earned her masters and doctorate in counseling psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University, a BA in creative writing from Princeton University and studied for a year at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. As founder and principal of Team Finch, Inc. she specializes in helping schools and organizations create inclusive communities by understanding and addressing gender and sexuality diversity.
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. Because she deeply understands the dynamics of PreK-12 school life, Jennifer is at home working with all constituents. A typical school consultation might include working with the Administrative Team, providing professional development for faculty and staff, conducting a parent education workshop, advising the Board of Trustees, facilitating a conversation with middle school students and reading aloud to second graders.
In addition, Jennifer conducts workshops for Division Directors, Department Chairs, Deans, and Student Life Personnel that focus on (a) leadership development, (b) effective communication skills, and (c) working with groups. She speaks at national and regional conferences, and her book From the Dress-Up Corner to the Senior Prom: Navigating Gender and Sexuality Diversity in PreK-12 Schools. (Rowman and Littlefield, 2012) is a go-to resource for educators and parents.
Jennifer also coaches individuals and groups who want to develop their leadership capacities, improve performance and deepen satisfaction in work well done.
In all aspects of her work, Jennifer uses psychological and pedagogical frameworks, skilled group facilitation, and a lively sense of humor to help administrators, teachers, staff, coaches, parents, trustees and students learn and grow. This is work she loves and is honored to do.