School of Psychology

Dr. Jennifer Gibson

Associate Professor, School of Psychology

Dr. Gibson is a licensed clinical psychologist with interest and expertise in school-aged children, school-based mental health, and prevention and promotion interventions. Dr. Gibson earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Miami University after completing her Predoctoral Internship at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 


Courses Dr. Gibson regularly teaches include:

  • PSY 101: General Psychology
  • PSY 232: Developmental Psychology
  • PSYC 332: Child Psychology
  • PSY 584: Psychometrics and IQ Tests
  • PSY 732: Child & Adolescent Intervention

Representative Publications

Zucchero, R. A., & Gibson, J. E. (2019). A Comparison of intergenerational service-learning and traditional pedagogy among undergraduate psychology students. Psychology Learning & Teaching, 18(2), 179-196.  

Reiger, C. J., Gibson, J. E., Passarelli, R. E., & Flaspohler, P. D. (2017). Identifying elementary school student opinion leaders for engagement in evidence-based program adaptation and implementation. School Psychology International, 38, 565-585.

Biel, A. P., Blain, R. C., Mathews, S., & Gibson, J. E. (2017).  Can our strengths make us feel weak?  Reaction to VIA character strengths and social comparison.  The Ohio Psychologist, 64, 22-24. 

Gibson, J. E., Polad, S., Flaspohler, P. D., & Watts, V. (2016).  Social emotional learning and bullying prevention: Why and how integrated implementation may work.  In B. Spodek & O. Saracho (Eds.) Contemporary Perspectives in Early Childhood Education.  Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing

Iachini, A., Brown, E. L., Ball, A., Gibson, J.E., Lize, S. (2015).  School mental health early interventions and academic outcomes for at-risk high school students:  A review of the research.  Advances in School Mental Health Promotion, 8, 1-22.

Gibson, J. E., Werner, S. S., & Sweeney, A. (2015).  Evaluating an abbreviated version of the PATHS curriculum implemented by school mental health clinicians.  Psychology in the Schools, 52, 549-561

Gibson, J. E., & Flaspohler, P. D., & Watts, V. (2015).  Engaging youth in bullying prevention through community-based participatory research.  Family and Community Health, 38(1), 120-130.

Recently Completed Dissertations: 

Besecker, Z. (April, 2022).  Parent Perspectives of Adolescent Wisdom.

Lewis, T. (August, 2020). Cyberbullying and bystander behavior among elementary school aged children.

Poggioli, M. (March, 2020). Trait mindfulness: A protective factor for bone marrow transplant recipients?

Biel, A. (July, 2019). Teaching to strengths: Evaluation of a character strength curriculum and disciplinary outcomes. 

Blain, R. (April, 2019). The role of attentional bias modification in a positive psychology exercise. 

Matthews, S. (April, 2019). Meaning-making, psychological outcomes, and language use when describing traumatic events.

Vice, S. (June, 2018). Caregiver involvement, psychiatric services, caregiver stress, and treatment outcomes for maltreated preschoolers.

Professional Interests

Research Interests: School-based Mental Health, Prevention and Early Intervention for At- Risk Youth, Bullying, Community Psychology, Applied and Participatory Action Research

First Year at Xavier