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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)

Relational Strivings

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  • Although each participant narrated her own unique developmental unfolding, many of the women interviewed explained feeling that there was “never enough” ...

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Like Oil and Water

  • By: Jessica Zucker, Ph.D.
  • A few weeks ago my blog post explored a snippet of my dissertation research.  In an effort to learn more about early attachment and its impact on ...

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The Experience of Touch and the Development of Self

  • By: Jessica Zucker, Ph.D.
  • Skin is the largest sense organ that humans possess (Brennan & Loev, 1998).  Our skin is what delineates and makes evident our subjectivity from ...

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Intergenerational Transmission of Attachment

  • By: Jessica Zucker, Ph.D.
  • Last week my blog post explored the historical underpinnings of attachment theory.  John Bowlby, the father of attachment theory, spearheaded research ...

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The Birth of Attachment Theory

  • By: Jessica Zucker, Ph.D.
  • John Bowlby began his clinical observations of attachment behavior in the 1960s while working in a home for maladjusted boys.  Two relationships in ...

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Pornography and Attachment

  • By: Jessica Zucker, Ph.D.
  • Here is a glimpse into my dissertation research, which explores the vicissitudes of the mother-daughter attachment relationship through the lens of women ...

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