Family is key for Jennifer Schroeder. She loves spending time with her children and her husband as they share new experiences in the great outdoors. They regularly visit Broken Bow, OK, where the scenery reminds Jennifer of her childhood camping adventures. Just as she encourages her children to take risks by trying new activities, she encourages her students to fully explore all opportunities before them on their way to their career. She helps them along their path as they pursue their academic and career goals.
A Conversation with Dr. Jennifer Schroeder
What do you like most about your career?
“I love that I get to do something different everyday. The main part of my job is problem-solving, which is exactly what I was trained in during my School Psychology graduate program.”
How has your career and students at A&M-Commerce enhanced your life?
“My time at A&M-Commerce has provided me with many opportunities to work with students and learn from them. I enjoy teaching, but also find that learning from students how A&M-Commerce impacts, or has impacted, their life can be rewarding. I have been fortunate in that I am still up-to-date on where many of my first School Psychology students are and what they are doing. Many have taken on leadership roles in school districts or continued their education and are pursuing a doctoral degree; and I like to believe that their time in our program played a role in where they are now.”
What has been your favorite course to teach?
“The Psychology of Personality course was my very favorite because of the way that students get to compare and contrast different thoughts on how personalities are formed. The course also lends itself to some really fun activities to use in the classroom.”
Tell us about an academic project you are working on or recently completed.
“I am currently working on a project with Dr. Kelly Carrero examining the research on treating internalizing disorders in children and adolescents, to determine if certain demographic groups are underrepresented in the treatment efficacy literature.”
- Ph.D., Educational Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
- MS, Educational Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
- BS, Psychology (Honors) and English, University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Dean, Graduate School, Texas A&M University-Commerce (October 2019 to Present)
- Interim Dean, Graduate School, Texas A&M University-Commerce (June 2019 to September 2019)
- Associate Dean, Graduate School, Texas A&M University-Commerce (October 2017 to June 2019)
- Department Head, Psychology, Counseling & Special Education, Texas A&M University-Commerce (May 2013 to July 2017)
- School Psychology Program Coordinator, Psychology, Counseling & Special Education, Texas A&M University-Commerce (August 2005 to July 2017)
- Professor, Psychology, Counseling & Special Education, Texas A&M University-Commerce (September 2016 to Present)
- Associate Professor, Psychology, Counseling & Special Education, Texas A&M University-Commerce (September 2010 to August 2016)
- Assistant Professor, Psychology, Counseling & Special Education, Texas A&M University-Commerce (September 2004 to August 2010)
Honors and Awards
- Outstanding Faculty Member, College of Education and Human Services, Texas A&M University-Commerce, 2015
- Teaching Excellence Award, Texas A&M System 2010
- Teaching Excellence Award, Texas A&M System 2009
- Neill Humfeld Distinguished Faculty Award for Service, Texas A&M University-Commerce, 2008
- Access to mental health services for under-resourced populations
- Provision of mental health services in school settings
- Threat assessment in school settings
- Multicultural issues in educational and psychological testing
- Issues in training educators on the use of evidence-based interventions (EBIs)