Sandra Y. Jenkins, PhD

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Roles and Interests

Director of Human Diversity, School of Professional Psychology

Teaching, supervision and training of introductory clinical skills, psychodynamic psychotherapy, object relations in the therapy relationship

Clinical Supervisor, Psychological Service Center

Research Interests: Ethnic minority women, psychology of women, low-income clients, Rorschach protocols of minority children

Community involvement with local agencies who serve underserved minority, alcohol and drug, lesbian and gay, and child and adolescent clients, as a consultant, board member, skills trainer and program evaluator

Psychological evaluations of ethnic minority children, adolescents, adults and families

Clinical private-practice with a variety of individual and family clients

Emphasis of therapy approach is long-term psychodynamically oriented or systems oriented therapy, but sometimes includes cognitive/behavioral or humanistic approaches


PhD University of Oregon, 1985, Clinical Psychology

MA Michigan State University, 1977, Anthropology

BA Michigan State University, 1968, Philosophy

Professional Membership

Northwest Center for Psychoanalysis - Portland

Oregon Psychoanalytic Foundation

American Psychological Association

Oregon Psychological Association

Association of Black Psychologists

Licensure as psychologist in state of Oregon

Recent Publications

Li, S. T., Jenkins, S., & Grewal, S. (2011). Impact of race and ethnicity on the expression, assessment and diagnosis of psychopathology. In M. Hersen, S. Turner, & D. Beidel (Eds.),Adult psychopathology and diagnosis (6th ed.). New York: Wiley. Final version revised for publication, July 2011.

Jenkins, S. Y. (2010). Relationships. In M. Hersen, & J. Thomas (Eds.). Handbook of clinical psychology competencies, Vol 1. Springer Publications.

Jenkins, S. Y. (2007). Unstructured interviewing. In M. Hersen, & J. C. Thomas (Eds.).Handbook of clinical interviewing with adults. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage

Li, S. T., Jenkins, S., & Sundsmo, A. (2007). Impact of race and ethnicity on the expression, assessment and diagnosis of psychopathology. In M. Hersen, S. Turner, & D. Beidel (Eds.), Adult psychopathology and diagnosis, 5th ed. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

Jenkins, S. J. (2002). Race and human diversity. In M. Hersen, & W. Sledge (Eds.), The encyclopedia of Psychotherapy. Vol. 2. New York: Academics Press

McKitrick, D. S., & Jenkins, S. Y. (2000). Considerations for ethnically diverse clients. In M. Hersen, & M. Biaggio (Eds.), Effective brief therapy: A clinicians guide. New York: Academic Press.

Jenkins, S. Y. (1996) Psychotherapy and black female identity conflicts. Women & Therapy, 18(2), 59-74.

Major Presentations to Professional/Scientific Groups

Diversity and Self-Awareness

Assessment of Black children and families

Working with African-American clients

Self-esteem and identity issues for Black women

Office Location: 
Health Professions Building 2 274