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Jessica Wilen, PhD

Assistant Professor; Director of Professional Standards, Office of the Dean, School of Medicine

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Jessica Wilen, PhD


Jessica Wilen, Ph.D., LCSW is an Assistant Professor at the Yale Child Study Center. She manages the Viola W. Bernard Fund for Innovation in Mental Health Care, focused on promoting health equity and access for vulnerable children and their families.

Dr. Wilen serves as the inaugural Director of Professional Standards for the School of Medicine. In this role, she is responsible for assessing issues of concern and managing the investigation of matters pertaining to faculty and researcher behavior at the School of Medicine. As the central hub for all professionalism and workplace culture complaints at YSM, she conducts climate assessments, provides consultation, tracks trends across the school, and advises the Dean on professionalism issues within the school.

Dr. Wilen previously served as the Assistant Dean of Students at Washington University in St. Louis, where she created and managed the University’s behavioral intervention team and case management services for students of concern. She was also responsible for a number of high-level initiatives focused on cultivating an inclusive climate, including leading university-wide task forces on diversity & inclusion and sexual misconduct, creating and launching a campus-wide reporting system for discriminatory harassment, and drafting gender-inclusive policy. She has prior experience as an organizational consultant and psychotherapist.

Education & Training

  • PhD
    Bryn Mawr College, Social Work and Social Research (2014)
  • MSW
    Washington University in St. Louis (2007)

Honors & Recognition

Doris Duke Fellowship for the Promotion of Child Well-Being2012

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