Jenna L. Mendelson, PhD, LPA, HSP-PA

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Mendelson holds a degree in Clinical Psychology from UNC-Greensboro. She has over 10 years of experience working with individuals with ASD and their families, beginning with her work as a research associate at UCLA. While in graduate school, she was awarded the ABCT Autism Spectrum and Developmental Disorders Special Interest Group Student Award for her work. Jenna completed a predoctoral internship at Marcus Autism Center, where she gained extensive experience in assessment and early diagnosis of ASD. She has a passion for interventions that promote well-being among individuals with ASD across the lifespan. To this end, her research has emphasized factors involved in friendship among individuals with ASD, as well as the links between friendship and well-being within this population. Jenna recently co-authored a meta-analysis of friendship among school-aged boys with ASD, and frequently presents on this topic to both research and community-based audiences. Jenna is focused on research that sheds light on factors promoting well-being among individuals with ASD, with an eye toward empowering individuals with ASD to lead fulfilling, meaningful lives on their own terms. She is thrilled to be completing her postdoctoral fellowship at the Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development, where she aims to serve the ASD community through both research and clinical practice.

Representative Publications
  1. Mendelson, J. L., Gates, J. A., & Lerner, M. D. (2016). Friendship in school-age boys with autism spectrum disorders: A meta-analytic summary and developmental, process-based model. Psychological Bulletin, 142(6), 601-622. doi:10.1037/bul0000041
  2. Mendelson, J.L., Lerner, M. D. (2014). Friendship Among School-Aged Boys with ASD. Autism Spectrum News, 7 (2), pages 17, 27, 33. http://www.mhnews-autism.org/back_issues/ASNFall2014.pdf#zoom=100
  3. Mendelson, J.L., White, Y., Hans, L., Adebari, R., Schmid, L., Riggsbee, J., Goldsmith, A., Ozler, B., Buehne, K., Jones, S., Shapleton, J., & Dawson, G. A preliminary investigation of a specialized music therapy model for children with disabilities delivered in a classroom setting (in press). Autism Research and Treatment