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Edward Jenny, Psy.D.

Edward Jenny, Psy.D.

Title: Professor of Psychology

Department: Psychology and Counseling

Office: 11C Nazareth Hall

Phone: (610) 647-4400 Ext: 3274

Education:Psy.D., Immaculata University
M.Ed., University of Delaware
B.A., University of Pennsylvania
Licensed Psychologist, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Licensed Professional Counselor, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Certified Secondary Level Guidance Counselor, State of Maryland
Certified Secondary Level Guidance Counselor, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
National Certified Counselor


Dr. Edward Jenny earned his B.A. in classical studies from the University of Pennsylvania in 1990, his M.Ed. in school counseling from the University of Delaware in 1994, and his Psy.D. in clinical psychology from Immaculata University in 2003 at which time he joined the Department of Graduate Psychology.

Dr. Jenny is a licensed psychologist, a licensed professional counselor and a Pennsylvania certified school counselor. He serves as the faculty adviser to school counseling certification students. Prior to joining the faculty, Dr. Jenny was the director of student assistance services for the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District.   Dr. Jenny has also worked as a supervisor and therapist in community mental health and wrap-around services. He maintains a small private practice treating adolescents and adults.

Dr. Jenny’s doctoral dissertation, for which he was awarded the Philadelphia Society of Psychoanalytic Psychologists Dissertation Award in 2004, explored the role of object relations, as measured by the Rorschach inkblot method, in the formation of a therapeutic alliance with adolescents in partial hospitalization.

Dr. Jenny completed an APA-approved internship at Friends Hospital in Philadelphia where he worked in a psychiatric emergency room performing evaluations as well as working on an acute unit with psychotic patients.  Dr. Jenny also completed rotations in geropsychiatry and general adult psychiatriatic inpatient care. Dr. Jenny completed his post-doctoral training in modern psychoanalysis at the Philadelphia School of Psychoanalysis where he has continued his training toward certification as a psychoanalyst.

Dr. Jenny’s research interests include psychoanalytic psychotherapy, ethics and professional issues, adolescent psychopathology and assessment, personality assessment, history of psychology and group psychotherapy.

Dr. Jenny is active in state and national psychological associations, serving on the membership committee of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association and on the Advocacy Committee of the American Psychological Association Division 42, Psychologists in Private Practice.

Courses Taught: 

  • Ethics and Professional Issues for Counselors
  • Group Process
  • School Counseling Practicum and Seminar
  • Personality Assessment
  • Historical Foundations of Psychology

Research Interests: 

  • Adolescence
  • Oppositional-defiant disorders
  • Rorschach
  • Psychoanalytic/psychodynamic Theory and Therapy
  • Group
  • Ethics


Jenny, E., Yalof, J., & Etzi, J. (2005). Using the doctoral comprehensive examination to enhance clinical decision-making and professional identity.  Pennsylvania Psychologist Quarterly, 68(11).

Jenny, E. (2005).  [Review of the book “Controversies in Countertransference”]. Psychologist-Psychoanalyst, 25(2), 49-50.

Jenny, E., & Yalof, J. (2005). Assessing competence in doctoral training. Pennsylvania Psychologist Quarterly, 68 (7).


Santilli, A., McGrath, M. C., Jenny, E., & Martinson, D. (2014, August). Group cognitive behavioral therapy: Treating adolescents with social anxiety disorder. Poster presented at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.
Zarrella, L., McGrath, M. C., Abraham, P. P., & Jenny, E. (2013, June). Does therapists’ personal therapy impact the therapeutic alliance? Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association, Harrisburg, PA.
Inverso, E. J., McGrath, M. C., Guay, J., & Jenny, E. (2012, June). The relationship between resiliency factors and self-injurious behaviors in sexually abused adolescents. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association, Harrisburg, PA.
McGrath, M. C., Dorliae, F. C., Jenny, E., & Guay, J. (2011, August). Experiences of ethnically diverse early career psychologists in U.S. postsecondary academic settings. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association (Division 45: Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues), Washington, D.C.
Villar, R. C., Yalof, J., Jenny, E., & Lewis, T. (2011, February). Comorbid traumatic brain injury and posttraumatic stress disorder: Conceptualization and treatment through a psychodynamic framework. Poster presented at the 39th Annual Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society, Boston, MA.
McGrath, M. C., Jenny, E., Dorliae, F. C., & Guay, J. (2010, August). ECPs in academic settings: Characteristics, roles, and challenges. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, San Diego, CA.
Rabadi, C., McGrath, M. C., Jenny, E., & Dorliae, F. C. (2010, June). Suicide prevention in schools: Culturally competent practice. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association, Harrisburg, PA.
Jenny, E. (2009, August). Clinical ethics and psychoanalytic therapy. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Toronto, ON.
Dorliae, F. C., Guay, J., Jenny, E., & McGrath, M. C. (2009, June). Early career psychologists in academia: Balancing roles, creating professional identities. Panel discussion presented at the annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association, Harrisburg, PA.
Jenny, E. (2008, June).  Clinical ethics: An ecological perspective. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association, Harrisburg, PA.
Jenny, E. (2006, November). Clinical ethics for the practitioner. Workshop presented at the Chester County Intermediate Unit’s REACH Program.
Jenny, E. (2005, October). Introduction to group counseling & psychotherapy. Workshop presented to school psychologists in the School District of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA.
Jenny, E. (2005, May). Working with resistance and oppositional behavior in adolescents. Presentation to the Chester County Adoption Therapists Network.
Jenny, E. (2002, March). Adjustment issues in adolescents after acute head trauma. Presentation at Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital, Bryn Mawr, PA.

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