School Psychology Ph.D. Students

Jenny Rotzal

Jenny Rotzal

Email: jenny.rotzal@umontana.edu

GRAY Lab Bio

Hi, my name is Jenny Rotzal! I am a second-year student in the School Psychology PhD program. I am excited to be part of Dr. Jacqueline Brown’s GRAY lab. I am especially interested in providing trauma-informed care to students that experienced personal or interpersonal trauma. I’m also interested in creating a positive school climate in the wake of a crisis. I’ve had the privilege to work in various jobs in the psychology and school industry, but the most impactful ones were being a psychometrician at a rehabilitative hospital and working with children with behavioral and academic needs in an elementary school. With this background, I hope to bring my knowledge base and experience to the GRAY lab. Last year, I contributed to a book chapter on trauma-informed care for children and adolescents that will be published by Oxford University Press, as well as co-presented at the National Association of School Psychologists convention in February 2020. This year, I am hoping to propose my masters’ thesis and conduct research on the perceived efficacy of school violence prevention programs and how they impact school climate. I’m so grateful for the opportunities the University of Montana has already given me, and I look eagerly towards the future for further opportunities to pursue my passion in school psychology. Outside of school, I can be found rock climbing, boxing, or exploring Montana’s beauty with my husband and our hound-mix Moe!