Jenny D'Olympia Jenny D'Olympia, PsyD, LMHC

Role(s)

  • Assistant Chair, Counseling and Behavioral Health Department
  • Director, MA in Psychology Online Program
  • Interim Director, Military and Veterans Psychology Concentration and the Train Vets to Treat Vets® Program
  • Adjunct Faculty 

Degrees

  • Doctor of Psychology, Clinical Psychology, William James College
  • Master of Science, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Troy University
  • Bachelor of Science, Secondary Education
  • Bachelor of Arts, French

Teaching

  • MV515  Military Family and the Cycle of Deployment
  • MV540 Trauma in the Military
  • MV555 Trauma Theory and Treatment with Emphasis on Military and Veteran Populations
  • PS603 Social Bases of Behavior
  • FX510  Introduction to Family Therapy

Research and Practice Interests

  • Mental healh of military, veterans and their families, women veterans
  • Post traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression 
  • Individual, group, couples and family therapy
  • Testing and assessment
  • Evaluation and advocacy for children with special needs
  • Special interest in children, families and systems

Professional Licenses and Certifications

  • LMHC

Publications and Presentations

D’Olympia, J., (2019, Oct 8). Military Veterans as a Therapeutic Population. William James College APA Consortieum Presentation Series. Newton, MA

D’Olympia, J., Hannon T., (2019, Apr 26). The Evolution of Veterans Helping Veterans in the Boston Area. Innovations and New Horizon’s in the Psychological Care of Veterans. Newton, MA.

D’Olympia J., (2019, Apr 22). Internal Family Systems Therapy as an Intervention with Veterans. Harvard Street Neighboorhood Health Center. Dorchester, MA

D’Olympia J., (2019, Mar 12). Internal Family Systems Therapy as an Intervention with Veterans. William James College APA Consortieum Presentation Series. Newton, MA

D'Olympia, J., Hannon, T., Morse, C., & DeBring, C. (2014, Apr 18). Veterans Recovery Programs and Peer Interventions. Caring for our Veterans and Their Families: Emerging Perspectives and Innovative Practices, MSPP Conference. Newton, MA.

D'Olympia, J., & Furtado, J. (2011, Oct 22). Relationship Repair. Women Veterans Retreat. Acton, MA.

D'Olympia, J., DiCandia, C., Kikuchi, J., & Sullivan, W. (2011, Jun 27). Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): Family Treatment. Vet Center Mission: Treatment Strategies and New Initiatives (Counselor Training). Mystic, CT: Department of Veterans Affairs.

D'Olympia, J., Furtado, J., Mello, E., & Mello, J. (2011, Jun 18). Family Readjustment of Women Veterans Panel. Women Veterans Conference . Salem, MA.

D'Olympia, J., Stone, D., & Hannon, T. (2010, Jun 15). The Impact of Military Deployment: The Officer, the Family and the Department. Public Safety Training Seminar . Cambridge, MA.

D’Olympia, J., Duckworth, K. D., Dow, B., & Crosby, J. (2009, Mar 28). Hidden Wounds Panel Discussion. VINFIN Annual Film Festival . Boston, MA.

D'Olympia, J., White, J., Simkewicz, A., Morse, C., & Esty, E. (2008, Jun 5). Effective Outreach to OIF/OEF Veterans. Counselor Training: War Trauma and Treatment Strategies. Mystic, CT: Department of VeteransmAffairs.

D'Olympia, J., Lashua, P., Smith, P. (2007, May 17). Military History: Female Global War on Terrorism Veterans. Counselors Training: Uniting Systems to Meet Veterans Readjustment Issues. Lake Placid, NY: Department of Veterans Affairs.

D'Olympia, J., Porche, A., & Russell, M. (2007, May 16). Innovative and Experiential Group Treatment: Reading Group, Anger Management, and Art Therapy. Counseling Training: Uniting Systems to Meet Veterans Readjustment Issues. Lake Placid, NY: Department of Veterans Affairs.

D'Olympia, J, Sepulveda, Hannon, T.,., Armstead, R., Smith, W., White, H., et al. (2007, May 11). Post Traumatic Stress- The Science, Treatment, Social and Political Implications. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder; a Working Conference in Honor of Erwin R. Parson. Boston, MA

D'Olympia, J. (2007, Apr 5). Readjustment and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Massachusetts Statewide Veterans Conference. Marlborough, MA.

D’Olympia, J. (2007, Mar 20). Iraq War: The Experience of the Female Soldier. Medical Continuing Education at Providence VA Medical Center.

D'Olympia, J., Garrett, J., Sheets, J., & Simkewicz, A. (2006, Jun 22). Global War on Terror: Identifying Veteran and Family Issues. Counselor Training. Meeting the Challenge: Accomplishing the Vet Center Mission with OEF/OIF Veterans. Lake Placid, NY: Department of Veterans Affairs.

Prior Professional Leadership and/or Work Experience

Dr. D'Olympia has been in the mental health field for nearly 18 years, during which she has had the opportunity to work and train in a diverse range of settings the most significant of which was counseling veterans returning from Operations Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Iraqi Freedom (OIF) at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Boston Vet Center.  In her work at the Vet Center she counseled over 800 unique veterans and their family members and created and presented over 1,400 hours of television, radio, and live presentations in an effort to educate veterans and the public about war readjustment and Post Traumatic Stress.  Her extensive outreach and networking within the circle of veteran and military support systems in Massachusetts facilitated the introduction of mental health care services to nearly 100% of returning Massachusetts National Guard members at the height of their roles in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.   Additionally, as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), she volunteered to be a part of the New England VA Vet Center training committee, responsible for developing and delivering 12 one-week continuing education courses for over 250 readjustment counselors and their supervisors from across the region.  She has experince working in multiple settings including school, crisis support, substance abuse, community mental health and integated behavioral healh care settings with individuals, groups, couples and familes. 

Prior to her career in mental health, Dr. D’Olympia served in the United States Air Force Special Operations Command as an intelligence officer charged with supporting Special Tactics operators across the spectrum of combat and training operations. She served two deployments to Oman and Afghanistan in support of the 720th Special Tactics Group, and on her third deployment, was the first woman intelligence officer to forward deploy with the 24th Special Tactics Squadron in support of Joint Special Operations Command.  She also served as an instructor for the Air Force Special Operations School and in the Air Force Reserves for a combined total of 9 years of service.  Her extensive experience with service members, veterans, and their families has given her deep insight into the specific mental health needs of this underserved population.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Psychological Association, Division 19
  • American Psychological Association
  • Massachusetts MEntal Health Counselors Association