PhD, Social Work, Bryn Mawr College
Cohort Two Fellow

Academic Mentor
Julia Littel
Professor, Graduate School of Social Work and Social Welfare, Bryn Mawr College

Policy Mentor
Jeannine Lisitski
Executive Director, Women Against Abuse

Current Institutional Affiliation
Assistant Professor at Yale Child Study Center

Areas of Expertise

Child Welfare and Foster Care Systems, Racial/Ethnic Minority Groups, Adolescents and Young Adults


Dr. Jessica Wilen, PhD, LCSW, is an Assistant Professor at Yale Child Study Center. Previously she was the Assistant Dean of Students at Washington University in St. Louis, where she worked to support students who were struggling with various challenges. In this capacity, she managed a case management program for students of concern and the University's behavioral intervention team. A committed educator, Dr. Wilen taught as an adjunct instructor at the Brown School of Social Work. During her time at Washington University, she also coordinated a campus-wide diversity and inclusion effort and a University-wide sexual misconduct task force.

Dr. Wilen completed her doctorate at Bryn Mawr College's Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research, where she was awarded the Rivitz Award for most outstanding dissertation proposal. Prior to her doctoral studies, she worked as a clinical social worker specializing in treating trauma across the lifespan.