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Janette Herbers2014 Rising Alumni

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Janette Herbers conducts research to understand developmental processes of resilience in children who experience risks such as trauma, poverty, and homelessness, and in particular, how positive relationships with parents can support children in overcoming adversity. She works in collaboration with community service providers, social workers, policymakers, and researchers from across fields of study to integrate knowledge and capitalize on diverse expertise in efforts to understand and support children at risk. Janette is a licensed psychologist with expertise in the assessment and treatment of trauma and trauma-related emotional and behavioral problems in children.


Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
Villanova University

CEHD Degree

Ph.D., Child Psychology

What gets you excited about work?

I love how my work combines intellectual curiosity and the challenges of scientific reasoning and logical thinking with applied, real-world practicalities. Together these aspects give me a sense of balance and purpose as well as a thrill of discovery and desire to keep searching for explanations and understanding. I also love interacting with children and adding to my stock-pile of funny kid stories.

What professors were most influential during your time in CEHD?

At the Institute of Child Development (ICD), I was influenced by many wonderful professors, and particularly by the general culture of collegiality, support, and scientific rigor. Among those I found particularly inspiring were of course my adviser Ann Masten, and also Dante Cicchetti, Alan Sroufe, and Michael Maratsos.

What skills are important to succeed as a young professional today?

Strong writing and interpersonal communication skills can truly set you apart by enabling you to convey your ideas across a broad range of audiences and contexts.

Outside of your job, how do you grow professionally?

I talk with and learn from people within my own field as well as people from different but related disciplines. I get involved with people who do important work in the community and I keep in touch with mentors and friends.

What is a good book you would recommend to others?

My all-time favorite is The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver.