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Dr. Jennifer Moore-McDowell

Dr. Jennifer Moore-McDowell
Assistant Professor
John F. Kennedy University
(925) 969-3418

Dr. Moore-McDowell is a licensed clinical psychologist who has been working with children, adolescents, and families in community mental health and other social service agencies for over 20 years. She has worked in San Francisco, Alameda, and Contra Costa counties providing clinical therapeutic and assessment services to children, adolescents, families, and parents in both community and medical settings.

Currently, she serves as assistant professor in the PsyD program at John F. Kennedy University and maintains a private practice in Contra Costa County. Most recently, she worked at Contra Costa Health Services for 11 years where she worked in outpatient community mental health clinics that served low income children and families both in Antioch and Richmond, California. Here, she worked with clients and ran the clinic's training program for master's and doctoral level graduate students who had a desire to work in community mental health. Students had the opportunity to learn community and minority mental health, culturally competent psychological assessment, family therapy, play therapy, individual therapy, and group therapy.

Dr. Moore-McDowell is passionate about ensuring the delivery of quality mental health services for all clients, but especially for those of color where huge disparities still exist. Her research interests include academic achievement, psychosocial competence, and resiliency in children and families.

Dr. Moore-McDowell and her husband are also parents to two daughters. Her personal interests include kickboxing, travel, African American historical literature, and real estate. She is active in the lives of her children and works to address academic disparities in the schools.


B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1988
M.A., California School of Professional Psychology, Berkeley/Alameda 1990
Ph.D., California School of Professional Psychology, Berkeley/Alameda, 1993