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Awards and Credentials

  1. Licensed Clinical Psychologist PSY#24465
  2. Ph.D., California Graduate Institute of the Chicago School of Professional Psychology
  3. M.A., Harvard University, Psychology and Human Development
  4. M.P.H., New York University, International Public Health
  5. Josephine Bernstein Award for Best Qualitative and Quantitative Dissertation; National Dissertation Award, American Psychological Association, Division of Psychoanalysis, Section on Women, Gender, and Psychoanalysis.

Jessica Zucker, Ph.D.

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Dr. Jessica Zucker is a clinical psychologist and writer practicing in Los Angeles. She has been deeply impacted by her worldwide travels and extensive education revolving around women’s health and development. Earning a master’s degree at New York University in public health with a focus on international reproductive issues led to her working for the Harvard School of Public Health. After years of international public health work, Dr. Zucker pursued a master’s degree in psychology and human development at Harvard University with the aim of shifting her work from a global perspective to a more interpersonal focus. Dr. Zucker's research about various aspects of female identity development came to fruition in her award-winning dissertation while completing her Ph.D. in clinical psychology. She is currently writing her first book about mother-daughter relationships and issues surrounding the body (Routledge). Dr. Zucker consults on multiple projects centered around maternal health and the motherhood continuum.

Jessica Zucker, Ph.D.'s Content (Recent - Older)

Maternal Self-Esteem

  • By: Jessica Zucker, Ph.D.
  • Body change is shrouded in fear.  Iconic female bodies are tiny, toned, tight, and most definitely without the permanence of stretch marks.  ...

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Parenting Begins Long Before Baby Arrives

  • By: Jessica Zucker, Ph.D.
  • In our wildest fantasies we rarely imagine feeling anything other than pure unadulterated joy upon meeting our babies for the first time.  Unfiltered ...

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The Building Blocks of Connection

  • By: Jessica Zucker, Ph.D.
  • From Shelly J. Appet: Question: “My son is 5 and I will be starting a job on Monday that is an hour and a half away, 11 hour days and 5 days a week. I ...

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Attachment, Motherhood, and Mental Health

  • By: Jessica Zucker, Ph.D.
  • This is an interview conducted with Dr. Jessica Zucker by Therese J. Borchard of Beyond Blue Question: You mention that children who form secure attachments ...

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Pediatricians: They’re Not Just For Kids Anymore

  • By: Jessica Zucker, Ph.D.
  • Last week I explored the potentiality of perinatal mood disorder interventions occurring within the context of the expectant mother-obstetrician/midwife ...

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Prepartum Healthcare Can Impact Postpartum Mood Disorders

  • By: Jessica Zucker, Ph.D.
  • Perinatal mood disorders have been called the most common complication associated with childbirth.  Mood struggles during the postpartum period run ...

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