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Jessiline Anderson









Dr. Anderson receiving the 2012 Faculty Service Learning Award

(pictured are Paul Sather, Director of Service Learning Academy & American Humanics; Dr. Jessiline Anderson, Associate Professor of Psychology & B.J. Reed, Senior Vice Chancellor of Academic and Student Affairs)


Ph.D. Utah State University, Logan, UT 1999

Major: Combined Professional-Scientific Clinical Psychology Track

Major Professor: Dr. Richard N. Roberts

Dissertation Title: Navajo Adolescent Pregnancy: Identifying Ecocultural

Factors Among Adolescent Mothers and Their Infants

M.S. Creighton University, Omaha, NE 1983

Major: Counseling

B.A. Creighton University, Omaha, NE 1976

Major: Psychology


Professional Experience

08/2001 – Present University of Nebraska at Omaha; Omaha, NE. Supervisor: Ken Deffenbacher, Ph.D. Position: Associate Professor. Duties include: teaching Introduction to Psychology, Personality and Adjustment, and Clinical Psychology; strategies to improve teaching skills including TABS analysis and teaching circle; continue to provide professional training seminars off-campus; research activities focusing on completing the Omaha Tribal Institutional Review Board policy and procedures, draft manuscripts for publication of dissertation research on Navajo adolescent pregnancy and Native American suicide trends, research triangle with two colleagues looking at quarter-life crisis; working closely with two students in Honors Program on mini-research projects focusing on topics such as classical conditioning and stereotypes of beauty based on skin color; and community service activities including serving on the Undergraduate Committee, the Advisory Committee, and Faculty Sponsor for the Native American student organization (Intertribal Student Council), responded to the campus needs of students around the national crisis, member of the Omaha Public Schools Native American Advisory Council, board member of the Center for Native Americans (Omaha, Nebraska), and member of the Omaha Tribal Institutional Review Board (Macy, Nebraska).


08/97 – 07/2001: Guidance and Development Center, Macy, NE. Supervisor: Rudi

L. Mitchell, Ed.D. Position: Staff Psychologist. Duties include individual/marital/family/group psychotherapy, and psychological assessment in an outpatient mental health clinic with provision of services to Native American clientele. Psychological evaluations of children and adults, developmental screening of children 0-3 years, community outreach, case management, case consultation, program consultation, in-service training, education and prevention, and research development. Responsible for implementing and supervising undergraduate/graduate practicum/internship training program for students interested in working with Native American clientele.


09/97 – 12/98: Wayne State College, Wayne, NE. Supervisor: Jean Karlen, Ph.D.

Position: Adjunct Faculty. Teaching experience at the undergraduate and graduate level, with an emphasis on general education and psychological assessment. Specific courses taught included General Psychology and DSM IV. Responsible for teaching strategies that focused on theory and applied experiential methods, introduction of various cultural perspectives on mental health, and appropriate examinations/quizzes.


09/96 – 05/98: Nebraska Indian Community College, Macy, NE. Supervisor: Carolyn

Fiscus, Academic Dean. Position: Adjunct Faculty. Responsible for teaching strategies primarily with Native American students focusing on theory and applied experiential methods, appropriate examinations and quizzes, introduction of culture-specific information where applicable, and appropriate referral to student services when necessary. Responsible for implementing the Human Services degree component focusing on course work in the psychology and sociology fields. Specific courses taught included General Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Introduction to Counseling, Sociology of Native American Women, Multicultural Counseling, and Practicum/Internship.


04/95 – 07/96: Omaha Tribe of Nebraska, 7 Clans of the Omaha Nation Social Services,

Macy , NE. Supervisor: Clyde Tyndall, Acting CTO. Position: Social Service Commissioner. Overall administration of thirteen (13) tribal social service programs; fiscal management; supervision, training and evaluation of staff persons; developing and implementing new social service programs; grant proposal writing; developing and maintaining interagency communication and networking at the local, state and federal levels; advise local tribal government on status of programs; initiate and maintain Memorandums of Agreement; meet with management, Tribal Council, and other agencies and/or governments to solve mutual problems; delegate plans and operations of each subordinate unit within the department to determine efficiency; assist staff through individual and group conferences in analysis of case problems; improve diagnostic and helping skills of staff; responsible for monitoring the case plan management model; and direct services to tribal community.


09/93 – 08/94: Norfolk Regional Center, Norfolk, NE. Supervisor: John J. Curran, Ph.D. Position: Clinical Psychology Intern. Psychological and neuro-psychological evaluations for psychiatric inpatients, outpatients, and geriatric patients; individual psychotherapy with psychiatric inpatients and outpatients; co-facilitator of group comprised of chemically dependent persons and codependent family members; child and adolescent psychotherapy; consultation to hospital staff, outpatient mental health center staff, and alcohol/substance abuse treatment team; behavior management consultation to hospital wards; case management; diagnostic staff; developing comprehensive treatment plans; and in-service training to hospital staff.


01/93 – 08/93: Omaha Tribe of Nebraska, Macy, NE. Supervisor: Rosalie Thomas, MSW. Position: Certified Professional Counselor. Individual, couples, marital, family, and group psychotherapy to Native Americans in a rural community tribal outpatient mental health center on an Indian reservation; outpatient program management; consultation to community agencies; and supervision of outpatient mental health staff.



Anderson, J. (draft). Navajo adolescent pregnancy: identifying ecocultural factors

among adolescent mothers and their infants.


Anderson, J., Mitchell, R. L., and Schaaf, J. L. (draft). Suicide Patterns Among Nebraska Reservation Natives.


Norton, P. J., De Coteau, T. J., Hope, D. A., & Anderson, J. (2004, February )

The Factor Structure of the Anxiety Sensitivity Index Among Northern Plains

Native Americans . Behaviour Research and Therapy, 42(2), pgs. 241-247.


DeCoteau, T., Hope, D. & Anderson, J. (2003 ). Anxiety, Stress, and health in Northern

Plains Native Americans. Behavior Therapy, 34(3), pgs. 365-381.


Professional Presentations

Anderson, J. (2002, June). Native American Culture. Norfolk Regional Center; Norfolk,



Anderson, J. (2002, March). Critical Thinking Skills for Indian Health Care Executives.

Indian Health Services Executive Leadership Training Program. Omaha,



Anderson, J. (2001, August). Suicide Patterns Among Nebraska Reservation Indians.

Paper presented at the Family Violence is Not a Tradition Conference; Rapid City, SD.


Anderson, J. (2001, September). Counseling Native American Students. “One Song,

One Spirit, One Drum, One Dream” Education Summit Conference; Norfolk, NE.

Anderson, J., & Moore, S.C. (2001, February). Integrity and Ethics for Indian Health

Care Executives. Paper presented at the Indian Health Services (I.H.S.)

Executive Leadership Training Conference; Lincoln, Nebraska


Anderson, J. (2001, January). Native American Culture. Paper presented at the Norfolk

Regional Center; Norfolk, Nebraska


Anderson , J., & Fiscus, C.K. (2000, November). Family and Community Strengthening:

Colors and Issue Analysis. Paper presented at the Indian Health Service (I.H.S.)

Executive Leadership Training Conference, UNMC and UN-O; Omaha, Nebraska


Anderson, J. (2000, December). Family and Community Strengthening: Issue Analysis. Paper

Presented at the Native American Family Community Leadership Training, Lincoln Public Schools; Lincoln, Nebraska.


Anderson, J. (2000, May). Family and Community Strengthening: Issue Analysis. Paper

Presented at the Native American Family Community Leadership Training - Office of Native American Education, Omaha Public Schools; Omaha, Nebraska.


DeCoteau, T., Hope, D.A., Anderson, J., Miller, I., Parker, R., Tyndall, K., & Norton, P.J. (2000,

March). Anxiety, Health and Coping Among Native Americans. Paper presented at the

20 th National Conference – Anxiety Disorders Association of America, Washington, DC.

Anderson, J. (2000, March). Diversity and Native American Culture. Paper presented at the

Norfolk Regional Center, Norfolk, NE.


Anderson, J. (2000, March). Balanced Leadership: Issue Analysis. Paper presented at the

Leadership Training for Head Start, Macy, NE.


Anderson, J. (2000, February). Diversity and Native American Culture. Paper presented at the

State of Nebraska Developmental Disabilities Division, Norfolk, NE.


Anderson , J., & Mitchell, R.L. (1999, October). Suicide Trends Among Nebraska’s Native

American Population. Paper presented at the State of Nebraska Minority Health

Conference, Omaha, NE.


Anderson, J. (1999, November). Balanced Leadership: Colors, Ritual, and Spirituality. Paper

presented at the Ninth Annual Wellness and Spirituality Conference, Tucson, AZ.


Anderson, J., & Hallowell, C. (1998, August). Healing Cures in Indian Country. Paper presented

at the Regional Family Violence is Not a Tradition Conference, Rapid City, SD.


Anderson, J. (1995, August). Issues and Challenges Facing Native American Students in

Dominant Culture. Paper presented at the National Institute of Native Leaders in Higher

Education Conference, Santa Fe, NM.


Anderson, J. (1994, March). Native American Culture. Paper presented at the Nebraska

Veterans Home, Norfolk, NE.


Anderson, J. (1994, February). Native American Culture. Paper presented at the Norfolk

Regional Center, State of Nebraska Department of Public Institutions, Norfolk, NE.


Roberts, R.N., & Anderson, J. (1994, April). Developing Culturally Competent Programs

For Families of Children with Special Health Needs. Paper presented at the Department

Of Special Education, University of Utah, and Utah State Office of Education, Salt Lake

City, UT.


Anderson, J. (1993, June). Recognizing Depression: Symptoms and Treatment. Paper presented

at the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska, Carl T. Curtis Health Education Center, Macy, NE.


Membership in Professional Organizations

American Psychological Association

Nebraska Psychological Association

Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy


Board Memberships

Omaha Public Schools , Native American Advisory Committee

Center for Native Americans

Omaha Tribal Institutional Review Board


Honors and Awards

On November 13th, 2007 Dr. Anderson was recognzized and honored by the Honor Indians Institute. Dr. Anderson is a member of the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska. She has been actively involved in the provision of mental health services and working with the Native American population for over twenty-six years. Dr. Anderson completed her B.A. and M.S. degrees in psychology and counseling respectively, at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. She received a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Utah State University in Logan, Utah. In 2007 Dr. Anderson was tenured and promoted to the rank of Associate Professor in the Psychology Department at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Dr. Anderson continues to work closely with the Native American community. She is the recipient of a student Minority Fellowship of the American Psychological Association, a Fellow of the Office of Indian Education, and a Martin Luther King, Jr. Fellow. She is a recipient of the 2000 Siouxland Women of Excellence Award and the 2002-2003 recipient of the University of Nebraska at Omaha Outstanding Organizations Advisor award. Dr. Anderson enjoys spending time with her family, participating in church activities, attending cultural events, traditional ceremonies/pow-wow dancing, arts and crafts, and riding her Harley-Davidson motorcycle!

Women of Excellence Award 2000 (Women Taking Risks Category)

American Psychological Association, Minority Fellow

Office of Indian Education, Indian Education Fellow

Martin Luther King, Jr. Fellow

Who’s Who in Human Service Professionals (1992)

United States Achievement Academy, National Collegiate Award–All American Scholar

Utah State University, Women’s Resource Center Award