Dr. Jennifer “JJ” Boland is a current postdoctoral resident at the Center for Integrated Behavioral Health under the supervision of Dr. Agnes Lenda. They are working towards licensure as a Psychologist in the state of Pennsylvania. They earned their doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Sam Houston State University. Dr. Boland completed their predoctoral internship at Pilgrim Psychiatric Center, where they had the opportunity to provide group and individual therapy services to an inpatient psychiatric population with diverse diagnostic presentations and cultural backgrounds. They also conducted psychodiagnostic testing and risk assessment evaluations for a variety of clients and received weekly supervision in the evidence-based practice of Dialectical Behavior Therapy.
Dr. Boland has received diverse training experiences in a variety of behavioral health settings. They provided individual therapy to clients from a rural community with anxiety, depression, personality disorders, and trauma-related diagnoses at Sam Houston State University’s Psychological Services Center. They later returned to this clinic to serve as the Clinic Coordinator, who organized and implemented screening and intake services for individuals seeking treatment, while also engaging in individual trauma-focused treatment. Dr. Boland also provided individual and group therapy for individuals with mental health and substance abuse concerns on probation through the Walker County Community Supervision and Corrections Department. They also worked in a forensic mental health setting at Rusk State Hospital in Texas, where they primarily provided forensic assessment services, such as competency to stand trial evaluations, to a variety of criminal justice-involved clients.
Throughout their training, Dr. Boland has worked with clients diagnosed with a variety of mood disorders, anxiety, PTSD, psychosis, and substance use disorders. They have a special interest in working with clients who have personality disorders and those in the LGBTQ+ community. Dr. Boland is trained in trauma-informed care and empirically supported treatments including Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Prolonged Exposure, and Cognitive Processing Therapy.
Dr. Boland believes in the importance of the therapeutic relationship, and they approach therapy in a compassionate, non-judgmental manner. They also value research and the use of empirically supported treatments in bringing their clients the highest standard of care. Dr. Boland hopes to continue working with clients who have experienced difficulties in personality functioning, trauma, mood related concerns, and anxiety, and those with criminal justice-involved histories. Dr. Boland strives to provide collaborative and supportive care to each of their clients that is both based in research and flexible to the individual.