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About Jessica L. Griffin

Jessica Griffin, Psy.D. is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where she has been a faculty member since 2006. Dr. Griffin is a nationally recognized expert in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), the most rigorously tested treatment for trauma in children with over 18 clinical trials supporting its efficacy and effectiveness. Dr. Griffin is the only approved national trainer in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for this evidence-based practice in the treatment of childhood trauma. Dr. Griffin provides training and ongoing consultation in TF-CBT for providers across New England. Since joining the faculty at UMMS in 2006, Dr. Griffin has trained and provided consultation for hundreds of clinicians across the northeast United States including Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, and Maine. In September of 2012, as Principal Investigator, Dr. Griffin was awarded a 4-year, $1.6 million Category III (Community Treatment and Services Center) National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) grant by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to develop the UMMS Child Trauma Training Center.

Within the UMASS Department of Psychiatry, she has trained and supervised dozens of postdoctoral psychology fellows, psychology interns, and child psychiatry fellows. Dr. Griffin is a clinical and forensic psychologist with a specialty in forensic assessment of children and families, particularly with regard to childhood trauma and abuse. She has extensive expertise in childhood maltreatment, the impact of trauma, psychological assessment, and divorce and custody matters. Dr. Griffin works extensively in the UMASS Family Court Clinics, continues to serve as a Guardian ad Litem for the family courts, performing court-ordered forensic and psychological evaluations in the juvenile courts and at the request of juvenile attorneys on issues related to juvenile competency, sexual abuse, trauma, educational issues, and cognitive and psychological functioning, and she provides expert witness testimony for the juvenile and family courts. She presents regularly at local, national and international levels on topics related to childhood trauma, TF-CBT, and forensic evaluation of children and families.


Present Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Present Principal Investigator, Child Trauma Training Center, University of Massachusetts Medical School

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Honors and Awards

  • Early Career Achievement in Science and Health Award, Women's Faculty Committee, UMass Medical School (2016)

Contact Information

Department of Psychiatry
University of Massachusetts Medical School
55 Lake Avenue North
Worcester, MA 01655
Phone: 508-856-8829


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