Dr. Jessica L. Schleider (she/her) is the Founding Director of the Lab for Scalable Mental Health and Associate Professor of Medical Social Sciences, Pediatrics, and Psychology at Northwestern University. She also serves as Director of Digital Services at Northwestern's Center for Behavioral Intervention Technologies.
Dr. Schleider's professional mission is to build, test, and disseminate scalable, evidence-based mental health solutions that bridge previously-unfillable gaps in mental health ecosystems, with a focus on single-session interventions (SSIs) for underserved youth. In support of her work in this area, she has secured >$7 million in federal (NIH, NSF, HRSA), foundation, and industry funding as PI or Project Lead. Dr. Schleider has been recognized via numerous national awards for research excellence and innovation, including the NIH Director's Early Independence Award. Her work has been featured in media outlets such as The Wall Street Journal and The Atlantic, and she was previously chosen as one of Forbes' 30 Under 30 in Healthcare.
Dr. Schleider has published more than 110 peer-reviewed articles. She has also created or co-created seven open-access, single-session mental health programs, which have reached >50,000 people to date. Based on these programs, Dr. Schleider and her colleagues wrote a self-help workbook, The Growth Mindset Workbook for Teens. She also co-edited the Oxford Guide to Brief and Low-Intensity Interventions for Children and Young People and wrote a nonfiction book, LITTLE TREATMENTS, BIG EFFECTS on how single-session interventions can transform mental health.
To support individuals and institutions in scaling evidence-based SSIs, Dr. Schleider regularly consults for national and state-level health care organizations, digital health and social media companies, and providers across the globe.
Dr. Schleider completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology at Harvard University in 2018, along with her Doctoral Internship in Clinical and Community Psychology at Yale School of Medicine.
Links: Faculty Page | Google Scholar | Twitter | LinkedIn
Books: LITTLE TREATMENTS, BIG EFFECTS | Growth Mindset Workbook for Teens | Oxford Guide to Brief and Low Intensity Interventions for Children and Young People
Digital Mental Health Webinar Series Lecture, November 2022
Wondros Podcast, September 2023