Colleen Kennedy, Ph.D.
I received my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, with a subspecialty in Neuropsychology, in 1999 from Drexel University (formerly Hahnemann University). I completed my predoctoral internship at the Long Beach VA Healthcare System and a two-year postdoctoral residency, specializing in trauma, at the San Diego VA Healthcare System.
After working in the field of psychology for several years, I started a family and became a stay-at-home mom. During that time, I volunteered for nearly a decade as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), advocating for the physical, emotional, and educational needs of kids in foster care.
While my children grew up, I also volunteered thousands of hours in their schools, teaching many lessons and running programs. This gave me the opportunity to observe the carefree days of elementary school progress into stress and anxiety filled days of high school for many teens. Both high school and college students today struggle to meet the high demands that are placed upon them, and that they place upon themselves.
As I reconnected with my career, these experiences led me in a new direction. Witnessing students become overwhelmed with stress, worries, social anxiety, panic attacks, and seeing the impact perfectionism and comparing themselves to others was having on their lives, I wanted to help high school and college students, as well as young adults, strengthen their emotional wellness as they transition into adulthood. This led to the development of "Got Stress?"
I understand the struggles teens and young adults face from the perspective of both a parent and a mental health professional. I take a proactive approach in helping young people put as many "tools" in their mental health "toolbox," as possible, to foster their personal growth and help them succeed in life.