Areas of Experience
About Janine Wanlass, Ph.D.
Growing up in California, I could not imagine living in a place where the closest approximation to a beach is the Great Salt Lake. I came to Utah to attend college, thinking I would leave and settle in a coastal city. Years later, I find myself enjoying the beauty of the mountains, a climate with changing seasons, and a job I find challenging and fun. I came to Westminster in 1990 and subsequently finished my Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at the University of Utah. I chaired the undergraduate psychology program for many years, surrounded by colleagues with a strong commitment to teaching and mentoring students. My interest in providing graduate training materialized in 2007, when we began what is now the Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling Program. Drawing from a scientist-practitioner model, we blend theory, research, and practice to prepare new clinicians in the mental health field. In addition to my academic life, I am a practicing psychologist and psychoanalyst, specializing in the treatment of trauma, eating disorders, depression, and anxiety. I am a member of the Child Trauma Treatment Network and serve on the national and local faculty of the International Psychotherapy Institute, where I chair the Child, Couple, and Family Program. Away from work, I enjoy reading, travel, gardening, and (of course) baseball.
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