UNC Hospitals – Chapel Hill
Education and Training:
B.A., magna cum laude, Sociology, Washington College
M.S.W., Clinical Mental Health, University of Maryland at Baltimore
Jennifer Nieri is a member of the research faculty in the University of North Carolina Department of Psychiatry. She received her B.A. in Sociology in May of 1991 from Washington College, Chesterfield, MD, and her M.S.W. in Clinical Mental Heath in May 1996 from the University of Maryland at Baltimore. Her extensive Social Work training includes the Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital in Towson, MD, and the University of Maryland Community Psychiatry in Baltimore. Ms. Nieri worked as a Taylor Manor Hospital Clinician from 1996-98 in Ellicott City, MD, after which she joined University of North Carolina’s Department of Psychiatry. As a Clinical Social Worker, Ms. Nieri served with distinction as a key member of the Schizophrenia Treatment and Evaluation Program (STEP) from 1998-2001. In 2001, she received a faculty appointment as Research Instructor. Ms. Nieri is an active clinician and researcher, with a current focus on the prodromal phase of schizophrenia. She has functioned as the Assistant Director of the Clinical and Functional Outcomes Assessment Unit of the NIMH-funded CATIE Project, responsible for clinician rater training at the 54 participating sites involved in this multicenter project. She has also helped develop educational and cognitive behavioral therapy materials for patients with psychotic disorders and their family members. Her interests include first episode and early intervention treatments and community education and awareness of psychotic disorders and is a member of the International Early Psychosis Association. She has several publications to her credit including a chapter in the textbook Comprehensive Care of Schizophrenia.