Jerry Jennings, Ph.D.

Vice President, Clinical Services

Dr. Jerry Jennings plays a leading role in conceptualizing and building Liberty’s diverse array of clinical products and capabilities. As a nationally recognized clinician and prolific researcher, he works with Liberty’s other clinical experts to design innovative and customized treatment programs, develop proposals, compose white papers, organize operational policies and procedures, create program and product descriptions, and publish clinical research, including outcomes from Liberty clinical programs. Since joining Liberty in 1993, he has maintained a crucial role in designing, developing, and implementing a diverse array of specialized and recovery-oriented treatment programs for serious and persistent mental illness and co-occurring disorders, intellectual and developmental disabilities, forensic and offender populations, sex offenders, adolescents, and more. 

Jerry has 25 years of treatment and clinical supervisory experience with adults and youth in community mental health, outpatient, inpatient, and criminal justice treatment settings. He was a psychologist in community mental health settings, and directed one of the largest private urban mental health centers in the Philadelphia area, employing nearly 50 clinicians. He played a major role in one of the first companies to provide behavioral health services to Medicaid HMO members on a large scale.

Dr. Jennings has published over fifty books, journal articles and research chapters in the field, including the American Psychologist, Psychotherapy, Journal for Healthcare Quality, Journal of Correctional Healthcare, and Sexual Abuse. He has presented at APA, ATSA, NYATSA, MATSA, NAPN, and other organizations and is recognized for his contributions in group therapy, domestic violence, suicide prevention, phenomenology, restoration of competency, and mindfulness.

Prior to completing his Postdoctoral Clinical Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Jennings earned his Ph.D. and master’s degree in psychology from the University of New Hampshire and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from SUNY Stony Brook. He is a member of the American Psychological Association, Association for the Treatment of Sex Abusers, and National Association of Dual Diagnosis.