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Marriage & Family Therapy PhD Program
Jenene Case Pease
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Jenene grew up on a small family farm in southwest Mississippi.  She earned her bachelor’s degree in Family and Human Development from Mississippi University for Women, her master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Mississippi College, and her doctorate in Family, Child, and Consumer Sciences (emphasis: Family Relations) from Florida State University. She is an AAMFT Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor, and is dually licensed in Florida as a Marriage and Family Therapist and a Mental Health Counselor.  She is also a Certified Employee Assistance Professional (CEAP).  She resides in Blacksburg with her husband and two children.   

Research Interests
Jenene is interested in adverse childhood experiences as well as relationship education for couples and individuals.   

Publications and Grants
Jenene was a co-principal investigator on a demonstration grant funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Family Assistance, which totaled more than $2 million per year, supervising Florida registered marriage and family therapy and mental health counseling interns, master’s level student interns, and other employees in their delivery of services to individuals and couples or to those seeking to access community counseling services. She has also co-authored several articles. 

Student Research Teams
Jenene has provided guidance to undergraduate research assistants focusing on relationship education for low-income and ethnic minority individuals and couples.  She most enjoyed leading a team that offered relationship education services to male inmates in a county correctional facility.

Clinical Work
Jenene attained licensure in Florida as a Mental Health Counselor in 1999 and as a Marriage and Family Therapist in 2002.  She became an AAMFT Approved Supervisor in 2009.  She gained clinical experience through work in inpatient and outpatient community mental health centers, community-based and university employee assistance programs, and a small private practice. With a general clinical interest in issues occurring during life transitions, and specific interest in adverse childhood experiences as well as grief and loss, she is adept at working with couples, individuals, and families.    

Jenene appreciates each of the wonderful mentors who offered support to her over the years and it is important for her to “pay forward” respect, encouragement, and opportunity to students and clinical supervisees.  She initially mentored students while working in the inpatient community mental health setting. Most recently, she has mentored clinical supervisees, undergraduate research assistants, and provided programmatic meta-supervision to employees seeking supervisory experience.

Other Professional Activities
Jenene has worked with a multi-disciplinary team of professionals for several years assessing the quality of services offered to inmates housed in state correctional facilities.

Recent Publications
Carlson, R.G., Case Pease, J., Wheeler, N.J., Liu, X., McDonald, J., & Strawn, L. (In Press). Characteristics of couples who
       attend family services counselor visits in relationship education.  Marriage and Family Review.
Daire, A. P., Dominguez, V., Carlson, R.G., & Case Pease, J.  (2014). Family Adjustment Measure: Scale construction and
       validation. Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development, 47(2), 91-101.