PhD, Social Work, Bryn Mawr College (2014)
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
Washington University in St. Louis: Assistant Dean of Students and Adjunct Faculty

Areas of Expertise

Child Welfare and Foster Care Systems, Early Childhood Education and Initiatives, Evidence-Based/Evidence-Informed Programs, Families and Family SystemsMental Health and Well-BeingAdolescents and Young Adults, Infants and Toddlers, Low-Income Families and Individuals, Preschool-aged Children, Racial/Ethnic Minority Groups, School-aged Children, Emerging Adults, Systematic Reviews, Trauma


Dr. Jessica Wilen, LCSW, is currently the Assistant Dean of Students at Washington University in St. Louis, where she works to support students who are struggling with various challenges. In this capacity, she manages a case management program for students of concern and the University's behavioral intervention team. A committed educator, Dr. Wilen teaches as an adjunct instructor at the Brown School of Social Work. During her time at Washington University, she has 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.