Jenny Wyatt, MSS, Ph.D., LCSW

Assistant Professor, Director Widener Center for Violence Prevention

Dr. Wyatt has been part of Widener’s faculty since 2001 and has held various administrative positions. She is the founder and director of the Center for Violence Prevention and, when she first joined Widener, served as Assistant director of field instruction and assistant director of the Center. Dr. Wyatt’s goal in teaching is to make the unknown accessible and to challenge what is known via critical analysis. She believes the parallel process in social work education provides a rich foundation for assessing one’s own perspective and integrating new approaches to practice with clients. Wyatt’s research interests include mental health treatment, crisis intervention, critical incident stress, volunteerism, treatment of children and adolescents, violence, and policy and program development that support these topics. Notable research projects include Mental Health Transition into the Community, Social and Emotional Competence, Volunteer Firefighting, Program Evaluation, and Regional Mental Health Programs. In addition to teaching, Dr. Wyatt has worked a great deal with emergency service providers via critical incident stress management and continues to volunteer on a CISM team in the region.