Jennifer Preston



Program Director/Department Chair

Online Programs
Saybrook University
Office Phone
Email [email protected]

Jennifer is the Counseling Department Director, and full-time faculty member in the MA Counseling online/hybrid program. Jennifer grew up in Southern California, and after graduating from Whittier College with a degree in psychology, she moved to Kansas City. She lived and worked there for 8 years, earning a master's degree from Avila College in Counseling Psychology, along with an NCC certification and LPC. She spent 7 years doing clinical work, with a focus on diverse and socially marginalized individuals. Jennifer worked as a therapist in a domestic violence shelter, then moved to working at a children's shelter, then on to a state hospital and finally an alternative school. The bulk of her clinical work was with women and/or children who experienced violence and trauma. After having her oldest daughter, she moved to Oregon to attend Oregon State University and where she earned a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision. Upon graduation (and the birth of her second daughter), Jennifer's first faculty position took to Minnesota. Jennifer spent 9 years teaching in the counselor education department at Minnesota State University, Mankato, prior to joining the department at Saybrook. She currently resides in the Twin Cities area of MN.

Jennifer's areas of teaching interest have included:

Multicultural counseling

Addictions counseling

Child/Adolescent counseling

Research Methods


Her research focus is similar to her clinical focus. She has published in the areas of addictions treatment for women, LGBT ally development for K-12 schools, LGBT homeless youth, and women's mentoring. She has tended towards qualitative research, from a feminist and critical theory lens, often employing non-traditional research methodologies.

Jennifer has been an active member of the following associations:

American Counseling Association (ACA)

Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES)

North central Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (NCACES)

Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender issues in Counseling (ALGBTIC)

Areas of Expertise
Area Expertise
Child & Adolescent Development Identity Development
Sexuality/Gender Issues LGBTQ
Education History
Degree Institution Year
B.S. Psychology Whittier College, Whittier, CA 1994
M.S. Counseling Psychology Avila College, Kansas City, MO 1997
PhD. Counselor Education and Supervision Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 2006
Professional Memberships
Role Organization
Member American Counseling Association
Member Association for Counselor Education and Supervision
Licensed Professional Counselor, MO
National Certified Counselor
Curriculum Vitae