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Jessica Norman Wells, PhD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist
  • Availability:  Not accepting new clients
  • Insurance accepted: Premera, Lifewise, Kaiser Permanente, Regence, HMA, Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Services provided: Individual therapy for children and adolescents, parent coaching, psychological testing


Education and Training:

Dr. Norman Wells obtained her doctorate degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Oregon in Eugene, OR. She earned a master’s degree in Experimental Psychology from Western Washington University in Bellingham.  

Clinical Experience:

Dr. Norman Wells has more than 8 years of experience providing therapy and psychological assessments to children and adolescents. Prior to joining Sendan Center, she worked with children and young adults in community mental health centers, university counseling centers, and children’s hospitals, including Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in Portland, OR. Dr. Norman Wells is experienced in treating a range of mental health and behavioral concerns, including anxiety and mood disorders, PTSD, ADHD, autism, disruptive behavior, and family relationship difficulties. She is also experienced in and passionate about supporting children and adolescents who are living with a chronic illness.  

Works With:

Dr. Norman Wells works with children, adolescents, and their families. When providing therapy, she involves parents and other important people in a child’s life, when appropriate, in order to promote meaningful and lasting change. Dr. Norman Wells delivers assessments to answer questions about a child or youth’s development and emotional functioning and to provide accurate mental health diagnoses across childhood, from ages 2-18. 

Treatment Approach:

Dr. Norman Wells integrates cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused, and family systems approaches. She is trained in a number of evidence-based family interventions such as Parent-Child Interaction Therapy and Triple P and her treatment is informed by current research. She takes a holistic view of mental health and collaborates with clients to achieve their own goals and improve their functioning across the important areas of their lives, such as at home, at school, and with friends.  


Jessica Norman Wells, PhD
CredentialsLicensed Psychologist
Education:University of Oregon: PhD in Counseling Psychology 2021
Western Washington University: M.S. in Experimental Psychology 2014
Utah State University: B.S.in Psychology 2011
Internship Training:2020 - 2021: Wasatch Behavioral Health, Psychology Intern, Provo UT
2018 – 2019: Autism Clinic, Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, OHSU, Assessment Intern, Portland OR
2016 – 2017: University Counseling and Testing Center, University of Oregon, Practicum Intern Therapist, Eugene OR
Professional Training and Experience (selected):2019 - 2020: Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, OHSU, NICH Interventionist, Portland, OR
2018 - 2019: Options Counseling & Family Services, Early Childhood Mental Health Therapist, Eugene OR
2017 – 2019: Child and Family Center, University of Oregon, Practicum Therapist, Eugene OR
2016 – 2017: University Counseling and Testing Center, University of Oregon, Practicum Intern Therapist, Eugene OR
2013 – 2015: Brigid Collins Family Support Center, Positive Parenting Coach/Children’s Program Coordinator, Bellingham, WA
Certifications:Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP) – Oregon State, NPI: 1760962617
Triple P Positive Parenting Program – Certified therapist for Level 4 Standard, Level 4 Teen, and Level 5 Enhanced Triple P
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) – Certified therapist
Incredible Years Small Group Child Treatment – Trained therapist
Selected Publications:Norman Wells, J., Skowron, E. A, Degarmo, D., & Scholtes, C. (2019). Differential physiological sensitivity to child compliance behaviors in abusing, neglectful, and non-maltreating mothers. Development & Psychopathology , 1-13. doi:10.1017/S0954579419000270

Du Rocher Schudlich, T., Norman Wells, J., Rishor, A., & Erwin, S. (2019). Infants’ Emotional Security: The Confluence of Parental Depression, Interparental Conflict, and Parenting. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 63, 42-53.

Lyons, E., Norman Wells, J., Lapsey, C., Mintz, B., Giuliano, R., & Skowron, E. A. (2019). Recollections of positive early caregiving relate to autonomic reactivity and chronic inflammation in subsequent generations. Journal of Developmental Psychobiology, 2, 261-274. doi: 10.1002/dev.21815

Du Rocher Schudlich, T., Norman, J ., Du Nann, B., Wharton, A., Block, M., Nicol, H., Dachenhausen, M., Gleason, A., & Pendergast, K. (2014). Interparental conflicts in dyadic and triadic contexts: parental depression symptoms and conflict history predict differences. Journal of Child & Family Studies, 24 (4), 1047-1049. doi : 10.1007/s10826-014-9914-7
Selected Presentations:Skowron, E., Degarmo, D., Norman Wells, J.*, Scholtes, C, & Schweer-Collins, M. (2019, March).
Improvements in children's behavioral and parasympathetic regulation following PCIT for child welfare families. Symposium presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Baltimore, MD.

Norman Wells, J. (2018, May). Preschooler vagal tone and behavioral responses while interacting with their mother: The role of child maltreatment history. Poster presented at the University of Oregon’s annual Graduate Research Forum, Eugene, OR.

Skowron, E., Norman Wells, J. , Scholtes, C. (2017, April). Within-Person and Dyadic Concordance in Autonomic Physiology and Behavior in Mother-Preschooler Dyads across the Risk Spectrum. In E. Lunkenheimer (Chair), Dyadic Concordance and Discordance of Autonomic Physiology in Early Adverse Caregiving Contexts . Symposium presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Austin, TX.

Mintz, B., Lapsey, C., Lyons, E., & Norman Wells, J. (2016, February). Multigenerational Links: Early Childhood Experiences and Biomarkers of Stress Responsivity. Paper presented at the University of Oregon’s annual Graduate Research Forum, Eugene, OR

Du Rocher Schudlich, T., & Norman, J. (2015, August). Interparental Conflict and Infants’ Emotional Security: A Family Process Perspective. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Toronto, Canada.

Norman, J., & Du Rocher Schudlich, T. (2014, November). Predicting Preschoolers’ Emotion Regulation Effectiveness: The Role of Fathers’ Interparental Conflict Style and Depression Symptoms. Poster presented at the Society for Research in Child Development Special Topic Conference: New Conceptualizations in the Study of Parenting-At-Risk, San Diego, CA.

Norman, J., Byrne, C., & Du Rocher Schudlich, T. (2014, April). An Evaluation of Community-Based DBT with Adolescents and Young Adults. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Western Psychological Association, Portland, OR.
Research Experience:2015 – 2021: Family Biobehavioral Health Lab, University of Oregon
2011 – 2015: Family Studies Lab, Western Washington University
2011 – 2014: Evaluating Community Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Western Washington University
2010 – 2011: Dads’ Parent Interactions with Children, Utah State University