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Adjunct Instructor of Psychology
Adjunct Faculty
The Millard and JJ Oakley School of Humanities, Education and the Arts
B.S., Northwestern State University
M.A., Alliant International University
Psy.D., Alliant International University

Dr. Jennifer Hixson, is a mental health professional providing services in the Middle Tennessee area.  She obtained her Doctorate of Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology in 2007, and has been practicing in the field of child and adolescent mental health, as well as family systems work since 1998.  She is a licensed clinical psychologist, school psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Dr. Hixson has an extensive background in studying and treating complex trauma, studying under national experts such as Dr. Dan Hughes’, who is the founder of Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy; Dr. Elizabeth Warner, the developer of SMART; and Dr. Constance Lillas who is the co-developer to the Neuro-Relational Framework (NRF).  She also has a collegial and consultative relationship with David Prescott, a leading expert in trauma and Problem Sexual Behaviors. Her career has transitioned between educational institutions and in-patient mental health facilities, providing both direct services and serving in administrative positions. Her passion is in studying and remediating the effects of toxic stress across ages and systems. Finally, “rerouting the schools to prisons pipeline|” inflicting so many of our youth today affected by toxic stress, struggling family systems, and trauma is her most recent crusade.