Jeane Marie Rhodes, Ph.D.
Upon completion of my master's degree in 1991, I began teaching for Red Rocks Community College as an adjunct in psychology. This relationship continued through completion of my Ph.D, and a few years working in the foster care system. In addition to RRCC, I taught as an adjuct for Aurora Community College, Metropolitan State College of Denver, Arapahoe Community College, the University of Phoenix, The Union Institute, Jones International (online), Santa Barbara Graduate Institute, am currently teaching online for The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Serving on degree committees for Ph.D. candidates with The Union Institute and as a dissertation reader for a University of Melborne Ph.D. candidate, and currently candidates with The Chicago School of Professional Psychology has added to my expertise in higher education. In 2001, I completed a Certificate program in online teaching through UCLA, which was used to create a blend of online and classroom techniques for my onsite classes and which enabled me to teach online for Jones International University, Santa Barbara Graduate Institute, and The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. My affiliation with Santa Barbara Graduate Institute enabled me at long last to teach in my specialty area of Pre and Perinatal Ppsychology.
My Ph.D. research focused on body language and birth memory, making a significant contribution to research in the field of Pre and Perinatal psychology. One of my ongoing interests is in furthering academic acknowledgement of the importance of the first nine months of life through rigorous evaluation of research that is contributing to our knowledge base regarding this first stage of human development. One important aspect of this has been serving as Associate Editor of the Journal of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Medicine for the past six years and Editor-in-Chief for three years.
My ten years of experience in the foster care system, in various capacities, provided a very practical grounding in the social dimensions of problems created by neglect and abuse in the earliest stages of life. This awareness is essential for human beings to make true progress on a social level. On an individual level, the neurological damage that can result from neglect in early life is devastating. These issues must be approached from both individual and social perspectives. To this end, I have written a novel, The Birth of Hope, about the experience of a pregnant teen in foster care.
The later years in my private practice included work as a Special Advocate, working with clients though Victim's Compensation, and court testimony related to these cases. This, along with other ventures, has been discontinued in order to focus on writing.