Jess is a New England native living in the Rocky Mountains with her fiancé, their Bernese Mountain dog, and two black cats. Her academic journey began at Asnuntuck Community College (ACC). She began her studies with a love of grammar and literature, setting her sights on becoming a copy editor. However, after taking several psychology classes with Dr. Jean Egan, she decided that she also wanted to pursue psychology, and her search for universities that would allow her to transfer as double-major began.
Jess transferred to the University of Denver (DU) after obtaining her Associate's of General Studies from ACC. She is a a first-generation college graduate, and getting to that place was no small step. Her journey has a very "no shoes, in the snow, uphill, both ways" ring to it, and while she recognizes it can be amusing anecdotally, she implores that people coming from low socio-economic areas need more support. Moreover, she seeks to remind that her white privledge allowed her to open doors that may have been systematically heavied or locked for someone else. Jess seeks to use her platform to elevate marginalized voices.
Jess is currently in the Forensic Psychology program with the Graduate School of Professional Psychology (GSPP). During her undergraduate studies at DU, she became deeply inspired by Dr. Leanne ten Brinke's research in deception detection and immensely moved by the the sociologic view of criminology with Dr. Jeffrey Lin.
Deception detection European/American Gothic literature
Sexual offenders Metaphor & Imagery
Domestic violence Alliteration
Harm reduction Non-Fiction Feminist Memoirs
Victim advocacy Oxymoron
Personality theory Juxtaposition
Personal--- Current Reading List---
Oddities Quiet: The Power of Introverts..., Susan Cain
Fire performance Without Conscience, Robert D. Hare
Singing The Man Who Mistook His Wife..., Oliver Sacks
Reading/writing Games Criminals Play, Allen & Bosta
Get in Touch
LinkedIn: Jess Gerbutovich