Jennifer Myers joined the Fairmont State faculty in 2009 after working as a psychologist and supervisor in the Federal Bureau of Prisons and for the Department of Veterans Affairs. She earned a PhD. In clinical psychology with a forensic emphasis from West Virginia University following a pre-doctoral internship at the Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in Springfield, MO. Her work experience involves conducting competency and criminal responsibility evaluations, risk assessments, providing crisis response and training for staff and inmates. Dr. Myers has extensive experience in correctional psychology and working with challenging populations like sex offenders and those with severe personality disorders, in and out of prison. She currently serves the community through psychological evaluations and treatment of federal and state offenders.
Through her forensic work she has been fortunate enough to gain experience and training with hostage negotiations, profiling, and the assessment and treatment of a variety of criminal offenders and victims. In addition, Dr. Myers has over ten years of experience in online and face-to-face instruction. She teaches and advises at both the graduate and undergraduate levels and in 2011 Dr. Myers was appointed director of the Master of Science in Criminal Justice program. Recently, she has secured funding to put toward initiatives to innovate the graduate criminal justice program. In 2012, Dr. Myers was the recipient of the Faculty Recognition Award after being nominated by a student for her dedication to Fairmont State University and her students. Dr. Myers is known for being accessible and responsive to students and utilizing creative learning strategies to foster student engagement. Dr. Myers’ research interests include mental health issues in criminal justice professionals and innovative methods to rehabilitate offenders.