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Chicago | Professor, Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.)
Coordinator, Traumatic Stress Psychology Emphasis

Janna A. Henning, J.D., Psy.D., FT



Teaching psychology requires us to wear many hats, often simultaneously. We must encourage students to hold themselves, each other, and us to the highest standards, while also remaining mindful of our humanness. We must motivate students to participate in research even as they practice the art of clinical work. We must offer students the knowledge necessary for effective and ethical practice in the profession, while also providing the tools and inspiration to question what is “known.”

Questioning “knowledge” may also be one of the most interesting parts of my job. There is the knowledge that forms the basis of interventions deemed to be safe and effective, and then there is the new knowledge that is constantly being produced. As a teacher, I must sort and sift information, seeking balance between competing perspectives. As a constructivist, I tend to be mindful of this process, and ask myself questions such as: Why I am making the choices that I make in the classroom? Why am I choosing these particular readings? How much lecture should I include? How much discussion? Are any points of view being privileged or dampened in the classroom? I strongly encourage my students to question their experience in the same way.

Though many schools talk about social responsibility, Adler truly “walks the talk.” Our students are actively involved in the community through our Community Service Practicum, and community-centered issues are integrated throughout curricula. Furthermore, students, faculty, and staff have numerous opportunities to become involved in research, outreach, and public education with the Adler University Institutes and Centers. It all makes Adler an exciting place to be as a teacher or a student.

Please email or call me 312.662.3434 if you have questions or would like more information about me.



  • Psy.D., Clinical Psychology, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, 2006
  • M.A., Clinical Psychology, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, 2003
  • J.D., Indiana University School of Law, 1987
  • B.A., Political Science, Indiana University, 1983
  • Certificate in Clinical Practice with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Individuals and Their Families, Live Oak, 2007


  • Licensed Clinical Psychologist (Illinois)
  • Fellow in Thanatology (Death, Dying, and Bereavement), Association for Death Education and Counseling
  • Fellow, Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis
  • Illinois Bar
Professional Memberships

Professional Memberships

  • Chair, American Psychological Association, Education and Training Committee of Division 56 (Trauma)
  • President, Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis (2019-2021). Served as the 5th female president in the organization’s 71-year history, and the second female president in the past 25 years.
  • American Psychological Association (APA)
    • Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy (Div. 29)
    • Society of Psychological Hypnosis (Div. 30)
    • Humanistic Psychology (Div. 32)
    • Society for the Psychology of Women (Div. 35)
    • Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality (Div. 36)
    • Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity (Div. 51)
    • APA Division of Trauma Psychology (Div. 56)
  • Association for Death Education and Counseling
  • International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation
  • International Society For Traumatic Stress Studies
  • Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis
Select Publications

Select Publications

  • Hall, C., & Henning, J. (2023). Training, supervision, and continued professional development for grief therapists. In: E. M. Steffen, E. Milman, & R. A. Neimeyer (Eds.), The handbook of grief therapies: Sage.
  • Henning, J. A., Brand, B., & Courtois, C. A. (2021) Graduate training and certification in trauma treatment for clinical practitioners. Training and Education in Professional Psychology (published in Online First. Feb, 2021; in press in the print journal).
  • American Psychological Association. (2020, January). 4 questions for Janna Henning. Monitor on Psychology, 51(1).
  • Henning, J. A., & Brand, B. L. (2019). Implications of the American Psychological Association’s Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Treatment Guideline for trauma education and training. Psychotherapy, 56(3), 422–430
  • Henning, J. (2016). An intersubjective view of empathy and hypnotic trance: Response to Wickramasekera II. American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 58(3), 256-273.
  • Henning, J. A. (2015). Spontaneous memorialization. In: R. A. Neimeyer, Ed., Techniques of grief therapy: Assessment and intervention, (pp. 239-243). New York: Routledge.
  • Henning, J. (2013). Working with survivors of traumatic life events: A response to Millar on the Adlerian approach. Journal of Individual Psychology 69(3), 262-276
Select Presentations

Select Presentations

  • Henning, J. (2022). The Impact of chronic work-related trauma and loss on firefighters and other first responders: Risk, resilience, and new directions for assistance. Invited keynote presentation for the Mental Health Stand Down Program, developed and hosted by the Intergovernmental Risk Management Association Fire Chief’s Steering Committee, May 16th, 2022.
  • Henning, J. (2022). Grief and loss in complex trauma survivors: incorporating grief-focused interventions into stage-oriented approaches to enhance treatment outcomes and facilitate post-traumatic growth. Invited presentation at the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation’s 39th Annual Conference, Seattle, WA, April 1st, 2022.
  • Henning, J. (2021) Effective therapy for bereavement, grief, and loss in adults. Full-day APA-sponsored CE training provided virtually through Bridgepoint Psychological Services, November 12th, 2021.
  • Henning, J. A., Ruysschaert, N., & Forester-Miller, H. (2021). Presidential symposium: Using hypnosis for stress and burnout. Presented at the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis 72nd Annual Workshops and Scientific Session, fully virtual conference, October 16th, 2021.
  • Courtois, C. A., Bailey,T. D., Marotta-Walters, S., Layne, C. M., Cook, J.M., Henning, J. A., & Gold, S. N.. (2021). The Inclusion of trauma into the psychology curriculum: Recent initiatives. Symposium presented at the APA Convention, August 12th, 2021.
  • Henning, J. A., Jensen, M., & Elkins, G. (2020). Presidential Symposium: Hypnosis to Enhance and Augment Treatment Outcomes. Presented at the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis 71st Annual Workshops and Scientific Session, fully virtual conference, October 17th, 2020.
  • Henning, J., & Gutkowska, M. (2020). Not Just Surviving, But Thriving: Supporting University Counseling Center Therapists in Challenging Times and a Changing Workplace. Closing keynote at the 2020 Big 10 Counseling Centers Conference, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL., February 21st, 2020.
  • Henning, J., LaRue, D., & Trauthwein, B. (2019). Teaching H/E in a social justice-focused doctoral program: Challenges and opportunities. 90-minute workshop presented at the 127th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.


  • Received the Bernard Raginski Award for leadership in the field of clinical hypnosis. This award is the highest honor bestowed by the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis.
  • Received the Presidential Award from the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis for leading an initiative for diversity and inclusivity in its membership and organizational processes.
  • Professor of the Year, elected in 2011 by the Adler University student body.
  • Finalist, Professor of the Year Award, nominated by students in 2009, 2013, and 2014.
  • Nominated by faculty as one of four finalists for the Adler University Faculty’s Excellence in Teaching Award (2009)

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