As Care Support Coordinator of the Mesothelioma Research Foundation of America, Jennifer M. Paul holds a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. She took her under-graduate degree from Pepperdine University in 2009 with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and a minor in Social Work. While at Pepperdine, she was passionately involved with and participated through several non-profit internships including the Center for Autism and Other Related Disorders, working with children and families at the Santa Monica YWCA, and OPCC Daybreak (a shelter in Los Angeles Country for women who are homeless and mentally ill). She also co-founded Conejo Student Outreach, a non-profit organization that donated all proceeds to a home for children who were abused and neglected.
Jennifer's graduate studies at Antioch University, Los Angeles got her a Masters Degree in 2012 and allowed her to see individuals, children, parents, and families as a trainee in practicum at the Family Service Agency of Burbank. She helped people with issues of life transitions, parenting, grief and loss, illness, anxiety, depression, and trauma, among other intra-psychic dilemmas and interpersonal relationship dynamics. Jennifer plans to continue her education in the doctoral study of clinical psychology.
Growing up with a mother who had several strokes when she was ten years old, and who struggled with an autoimmune disorder ever since, Jennifer has personally experienced the toll an illness can take on an individual and a family. She knows the hardships and rewards of the care-giving role, and over the years has learned the value of caring for oneself in order to deepen the capacity to care for others. She learned the importance of education as empowerment, the need to feel autonomous and competent, as well as the need for support and relatedness.
Jennifer comes to the foundation currently serving as Special Projects Manager for the Law Offices of Jerry Neil Paul, and has had exposure to the many clients and families suffering from the consequences of Mesothelioma. Like a family, the Mesothelioma Research Foundation of America is composed of several pieces that make up the whole, and each piece and person is vital in the process. Aside from the medical and legal aspects, there is a great need for emotional validation and support. Jennifer's piece is to help offer this support and care to individuals and families struggling with the emotional trauma of the disease, and to help create a place for community to share stories, experiences, and messages of encouragement.
Jennifer comes from a large close-knit family, which includes her four brothers and sister. She enjoys staying active, and has a passion for reading, cooking, yoga, and hiking.
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