Dr. Jernigan-Noesi is a licensed psychologist, educator, and organizational consultant with over two decades of professional experience in the field of mental health. She consults with a variety of organizations to offer initial assessment and implement strategic goals designed to increase diversity, engage in equitable policies and practices, which promote and sustain inclusive work environments.
Her portfolio includes a vast array of public and private corporations, educational institutions, professional associations, and state and federal agencies. Clinically, Dr. Jernigan-Noesi has worked alongside a multidisciplinary team of health providers in community-based, medical, academic, and private practice settings to gain experience in the identification and treatment of mental health concerns across the lifespan. As such, she also frequently consults with organizations to offer culturally inclusive professional development and training in an effort to prioritize the emotional wellbeing of employees and their immediate supports.
Dr. Jernigan-Noesi completed advanced clinical training at The Center for Multicultural Training in Psychology at Boston Medical Center and Boston University School of Medicine. She also completed fellowships at Harvard Medical School and Yale University School of Medicine. As a Clinical Fellow at Harvard, Dr. Jernigan-Noesi provided a range of outpatient mental health services. During her tenure at Harvard, she assisted in the development and implementation of multidisciplinary medical interventions to promote physical and mental wellbeing. Dr. Jernigan- Noesi also served as a Teaching Fellow, providing instruction to medical residents and health care staff regarding the intersection between mental and physical health outcomes and culturally responsive assessment and treatment. In 2010, she transitioned to the Yale University School of Medicine where she completed a fellowship, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, in translational research and intervention science. She also held an appointment as an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry’s Program for Obesity, Weight, and Eating Research at Yale University School of Medicine. In her role Dr. Jernigan-Noesi collaborated with health providers and community partners to develop and implement comprehensive health and wellness initiatives in real-world settings. Based on her experience in health care settings, she serves as a consultant to healthcare organizations to improve DEI efforts for employees, design strategies to hire and retain workforces that reflect patient populations served, better serve patients and their families, and mitigate risk to patient care.
As clinical-researcher, Dr. Jernigan-Noesi’s contributions to the field of behavioral health have earned recognition from numerous organizations including the Ford Foundation, Mellon Foundation, and the American Psychological Association. She is Director of the Intersections Research Lab in Atlanta, GA where she focuses on the investigation of the social determinants of racial health disparities among marginalized populations, culturally-responsive assessment and treatment models, child and adolescent social-emotional development, and Black maternal health.
As an educator, Dr. Jernigan-Noesi has over 15 years of instructional experience in higher education, as well as graduate and professional schools. She has held tenure-track positions in psychology at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, GA and the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford, CT. Her instruction includes courses in Research Methods, Counseling Theory & Practice, Psychology of Women: Race, Class & Gender, Multicultural Perspectives, Health Psychology, Psychological Testing & Assessment, and Lifespan Development. Additionally, she has served as a graduate school instructor for Masters and doctoral-level mental health clinicians, teaching courses in Play Therapy, the Psychology of Race & Ethnicity, and Practicum and Supervision. Dr. Jernigan-Noesi has also facilitated mental health seminars for medical students, residents, and providers focusing cultural considerations in assessment and treatment of patients.
Education & Training
- PhDBoston College (2009)