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Jessica Bonatakis-Mattingly (pronouns: she/her) is a Licensed Psychologist in Hershey, PA. She is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at Penn State Health and College of Medicine where she provides outpatient services to youth (ages 2-18) and their families. Dr. Bonatakis-Mattingly received her Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D) with a Concentration in Child & Adolescent Psychology from Adler University. She completed her Masters of Science and Educational Specialist (M.S./Ed.S.) degrees in Counseling and Human Systems with specialties in Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling at Florida State University. She also holds a Bachelor of Music (B.M.) degree in Horn Performance and Instrumental Music Education from the Eastman School of Music. Dr. Bonatakis-Mattingly received her post-doctoral training at Seven Counties Services, Inc. in the Transitions Program, an urban, community mental health setting specialized in treating children and families involved with Child Protective Services.
With over a decade of experience in community mental health and expertise in Socially Responsible Practice, Dr. Bonatakis-Mattingly is also skilled in PCIT training and PCIT program development, has worked in private practice, and has consulted with schools to implement an adaptation of PCIT for elementary schools (Teacher-Child Interaction Training-Kentucky or TCIT-KY). She is an award-winning provider of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), having been the 2015 recipient of the PCIT International Advocacy and Community Service Award. She is trained in a number of trauma-focused treatments and is actively expanding her repertoire of integrative approaches to treating the psychophysiological effects of trauma and oppression. At present, Dr. Bonatakis-Mattingly is advancing her PCIT training to fulfill requirements to apply for Regional Trainer status and serves on the PCIT International Task Force for Communications.
In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Bonatakis-Mattingly is committed to service. She is the founder and Co-Chair of the Trauma-Informed and Anti-Oppressive Care Steering Committee at Penn State Health, Hershey Medical Center and College of Medicine. In-line with her doctoral training at Adler University, a program focused on social justice and social responsibility, Dr. Bonatakis-Mattingly views her role as a psychologist as that of an agent of social change through servicing others. She is actively involved in helping the communities and systems within which she functions to develop trauma-informed, anti-oppressive, and antiracist practices. She is pursuing certificate training in social movement trauma and is a member of the Trauma Response and Crisis Care for Movements Healer Network.
In her spare time, Dr. Bonatakis-Mattingly enjoys listening to music, yoga, gardening, spending time with her two cats, reading, doing jigsaw puzzles, studying German, playing board games, and exploring central Pennsylvania.
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