Research & Publications
Jessica Pollard, PhD is a licensed psychologist, Clinical Director of the Specialized Treatment Early in Psychosis (STEP) Clinic and Assistant Professor in Psychiatry. Her role in the STEP Clinic is to develop and oversee clinical services, supervise clinical staff and trainees, provide community and professional outreach, and conduct research. Dr. Pollard has an extensive background in early psychosis treatment and research, having completed a two year fellowship at the Yale where she was the first project director for STEP; founding and directing the multidisciplinary Aware Program for those at ultra-high risk for psychosis (UHR) and in the early stages of psychotic illnesses (first episode psychosis) at The Acadia Hospital in Bangor, Maine and then opening the Aware Center for Early Intervention as a private clinic in the Bangor community.
Dr. Pollard earned her B.A. at the University of Maine at Farmington, double majoring in Psychology and an interdisciplinary major of her own construction involving biology and music. She attended the University of Connecticut Clinical Psychology PhD program, earning her masters and doctoral degrees. Dr. Pollard's thesis and dissertation were both on the relationship between perceived coercion and mental health treatment outcomes. At UCONN, she trained with Linda Frisman, PhD, Director of Research for the State of Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, on policy and services research. She became involved in the American Public Health Association (APHA), serving as Deputy Program Chair for Mental Health and Program Chair for Mental Health. Dr. Pollard is 2009 recipient of the APHA Mental Health Section Award for excellence in the field of public mental health.
Education & Training
- PhDUniversity of Connecticut (2006)
- BAUniversity of Maine (2001)
- Postdoctoral AssociateYale University School of Medicine
- Predoctoral FellowYale University School of Medicine