Jessy Guler, PhD
Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington
Jessy Guler, Ph.D., is a clinical child psychologist and postdoctoral scholar in the Behavioral Research in Technology and Engineering (BRiTE) Center in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington. Her research is focused on developing digital health interventions that can improve access to evidence-based mental health care for diverse youth and their families living in low-resource settings on a global scale. Jessy has engaged in research in the US and in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) dedicated to understanding the needs of underserved families impacted by war, disaster, violence, and complex humanitarian crises. Notably, Dr. Guler has worked extensively on research in collaboration with resettled refugee communities for over ten years, supported by funding through the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the American Psychological Association (APA), the American Psychological Foundation (APF), and the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS).
Dr. Guler received her Ph.D. in Clinical Child Psychology from the University of Kansas in the Clinical Child Psychology Program and completed her clinical residency at the University of Washington School of Medicine in the General Child Track. Her dissertation examined the impact of intergenerational trauma exposure on the health and psychosocial well-being of 90 refugee parent-child dyads resettled in the Midwestern US and was funded by a Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral National Research Service Award (F31) from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). In 2023, Jessy was awarded a Student Achievement Award in Research by the Society of Clinical and Adolescent Psychology (Division 53 of the American Psychological Association) to honorably mention her contributions to the field of clinical child and adolescent psychology during her doctoral training.
Before pursuing her doctoral degree, Jessy completed a master’s in Global Health from Duke University at the Duke Global Health Institute and her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Early Childhood Development and Education at the University of Central Florida. Throughout her training, Dr. Guler has been dedicated to improving access to evidence-based and trauma-informed mental health services for diverse youth and families from historically underrepresented and marginalized backgrounds.