Jennifer McClendon, M.S.W., Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Science
Jennifer McClendon


Dr. McClendon has experience in social service delivery, crisis intervention, program planning and evaluation, and program management. She recently served as the Director of the Human Services Network, a collective organization of non-profits in the human service sector across Northern Nevada, strengthening public policy to promote positive outcomes for clients. As a consultant for Turning Point, she has managed and evaluated school- and community-based projects in Nevada’s rural and urban areas, including a recent project with Nevada’s Office for a Safe and Respectful Learning Environment. Other areas of expertise include mental health crisis intervention, access to mental health and addiction service systems, services for homeless youth, and family support for chronic and severe mental illness. She leverages her community relationships to create unique experiential student learning opportunities, reflected in her teaching and publications.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis
  • M.S.W., Washington University in St. Louis
  • B.A., Psychology, Wellesley College