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College of Human Sciences

Optimizing Human Performance

Jenna Scott, Ph.D.

Teaching Faculty

Get to know Dr. Scott


I am passionate about inspiring students to understand and address the major challenges facing our communities. Drawing on a family systems perspective, I am interested in reducing mental health symptoms in individuals, and working with families to eliminate negative patterns. As a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and AAMFT Approved Supervisor, I remain clinically active, working with individuals, couples, and families, and supervising therapists. I enjoy incorporating my clinical experiences and research into my courses.


  • B.S., Family and Child Sciences, Florida State University
  • M.S., Marriage and Family Therapy, Northwestern University
  • Ph.D, Marriage and Family Therapy, Florida State University

Publications and Other Scholarly Activities

Holtrop, K., McNeil, S., & Scott, J. C. (2015). Associations between positive parenting practices and child externalizing behavior in underserved latino immigrant families. Family Process.

Holtrop, K., Scott, J. C., Parra-Cardona, J. R., Smith, S. M., Smittel, E., Larance, L. Y. (2015). Exploring factors that contribute to positive change in a diverse, group-based male batterer intervention program: Using qualitative data to inform implementation and adaptation efforts. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Holtrop, K., Chaviano, C. L., Scott, J. C., & McNeil Smith, S. (2015). Identifying relevant components to include in a parenting intervention for homeless families in transitional housing: Using parent input to inform adaptation effortsAmerican Journal of Orthopsychiatry.


  • Research Fellow, Mind and Life Institute
  • Mary W. Hicks Scholarship
  • AAMFT Minority Fellowship Grant




Teaching Couple and family therapy Community engagement Qualitative Research Mentorship


I am married to my husband, Joe, who I met as a Freshmen at FSU. He also happens to work at FSU! We spend much of our time at the university and related events, and we also enjoy traveling, being active outdoors, and hanging with our dog, Riley.




“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”
– Martin Luther King, Jr.

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