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

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



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 Pschology, 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


  • Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress, Diplomate Status, American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress
  • Certified in Thanatology (Death, Dying, and Bereavement), Association of Death Education and Counseling
  • Illinois Bar
  • Licensed Clinical Psychologist (Illinois)
  • Licensed Clinical Psychologist (Indiana)
Professional Memberships

Professional Memberships

  • American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress
  • American Psychological Association
    • APA Division of Trauma Psychology (Div. 56)
    • Society of Psychological Hypnosis (Div. 30)
    • Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity (Div. 51)
    • Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (Div. 9)
    • Society for the Psychology of Women (Div. 35)
    • Society for the Teaching of Psychology (Div. 2)
  • American Society of Clinical Hypnosis
  • Association for Death Education and Counseling
  • Association for Gravestone Studies
  • International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation
  • International Society For Traumatic Stress Studies
  • Psi Chi (The National Honor Society in Psychology)
  • Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis
Select Publications

Select Publications

  • 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

  • Paper session, International Conference of the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, November 2010
  • Burnout, Compassion Fatigue, and Vicarious Traumatization in Clinicians, Supervisors, and Teachers: Recognition, Prevention, and Treatment, Sixth Annual Traumatology Symposium on Dynamic Approaches to Crisis and Trauma Interventions, February 2010
  • Integrating Social Responsibility into the Teaching of Psychology, 11th European Congress of Psychology, July 2009


  • Finalist, Professor of the Year Award, Adler Student Association, 2010

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