Jessica Henderson Daniel, PhD, ABPP
LIWP Executive Committee & Liaison, Clinical/Consulting Planning Committee
Jessica Henderson Daniel, PhD, ABPP, is associate professor of Psychology, department of psychiatry, Harvard Medical School. At Children's Hospital, Boston, she is director of training in psychology, department of psychiatry and associate director, Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (LEAH) Training Program, Division of Adolescent Medicine. She also serves as adjunct associate professor, Clinical Psychology Program, Boston University.
In 1993, as chair, Massachusetts Board of Registration of Psychologists, she proposed that the board consider passing regulations requiring both instruction and training about people of color in order to be licensed as a private practitioner in Massachusetts. After public hearings, the regulations passed. Massachusetts continues to be the only state with such regulations. In recognition of her reorganization of the board and the passage of these regulations, she received the 1993 Massachusetts Psychological Association (MPA) Ezra Saul Psychological Service Award and the 1995 Boston Section of the National Council of Negro Women’s Courage of Conviction Award.
In the American Psychological Association, she has served as president of the Society for the Psychology of Women (SPW-Div. 35) and a member of the Task Force on Adolescent Girls, the Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice (the Practice Directorate Board), the Council of Representatives (chairing both the Women’s Caucus and the Public Interest Caucus), and the APA Finance Committee. In addition, she has been the senior member of the Early Career Psychologist Task Force; chair, APA Presidential Centering on Mentoring Task Force; and the first African-American elected to the position of member-at-large on the APA Board of Directors. While in the latter role, she initiated the formation of a Task Force on Resilience and Strength in Black Children and Adolescents. The Task Force Report, "Resilience in African American children and adolescents: A vision for optimal development" has been widely distributed and well-received. As president of SPW, she formed two task forces: Early Career Psychologists and Adolescent Girls. Both are now standing committees in the division. She also founded a mentoring group for early career women psychologists of color who had been identified as potential leaders. The mentors were senior women of color who had been leaders in SWP. Several of the women have become leaders in APA, in other professional organizations, and at their respective universities or work sites. Finally, she implemented a leadership model used in Div. 17 — the monthly leadership telephone call involving the president, past president and president-elect in order to provide mutual support.
For many years, Daniel has been concerned about the small number of research psychologists who are persons of color. With a vision of a mentoring program for women of African descent, she was successful in pursuing funding from the National Institute of Health, the Kellogg Foundation, and Harvard Medical School for the Next Generation (NG) Program, an ethnically-based mentoring program for early career women of color who are committed to research careers that focus on adolescents. The NG women’s achievements include the following: three are recipients of K Career Awards, one is the recipient of a RO1 award, three are associate professors, and two are employed at research-related agencies (Institute of Medicine and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
In 2009 and 2011, she served as a faculty member of the Diversity Leadership Development Workshop, an initiative of Div. 31 (APA Division for State Provincial and Territorial Psychological Association Affairs). The workshop was held prior to the annual APA State Leadership Conference. The participants were racial/ethnic minority psychologists who were interested in becoming leaders in their respective SPTAs. Daniel’s presentations were on negotiation skills, mentoring and racial-ethnic identity development issues in the context of organizational cultures.
Her career has primarily focused on instruction, training and mentoring. Daniel’s contributions as a mentor were recognized by Harvard Medical School in 1998 when she received the prestigious A. Clifford Barger Excellence in Mentoring Award — the first woman, the first person of color and the first psychologist to be so honored. She is the recipient of mentoring awards from the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (1999), the Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues (2003) and the Society for the Psychology of Women (2006). Beginning in 2007, the latter award was re-named the Strickland-Daniel Mentoring Award. She also received the 2001 Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Illinois-Urbana, the 2002 APA Distinguished Award for Education and Training, the 2004 MPA Kenneth D. Herman, PhD, JD, Career Contribution Award, the 2006 APPIC (Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers) Award for Excellence in Psychology Diversity Training, the 2008 Committee on Women in Psychology Distinguished Leader for Women in Psychology Award, the 2010 Caldwell-Colbert Clinical Educator Award (APA Society of Clinical Psychology), and the 2010 Ivan Mensh Award for Distinguished Teaching (Association of Psychologists in Academic Health Centers). In 2010, she received the Harvard Medical School Harold Amos Faculty Diversity Award in recognition of her several instructional and training programs that address diversity issues at Children’s Hospital. She is a 2011 recipient of the Elizabeth Hurlock Trust Award which honors inspirational professors. Also in 2011, she received the Samuel M. Turner Mentoring Award from Section VI (Clinical Psychology of Ethnic Minorities) in Div. 12 (The Society of Clinical Psychology). She is an APA fellow.