The college joins its colleagues in the Department of Psychology in mourning the loss of Jennifer Christine DiMauro, PhD Psychology ’18.
Jennifer entered Mason’s program in clinical psychology in 2012 and graduated in August 2018 after completing her internship at the Baltimore VA Health Care System. She excelled in research, teaching, and clinical work. She had published 16 articles and given numerous conference presentations, with a primary focus on military veterans and sexual assault survivors. She taught multiple classes, receiving strong evaluations, and excelled in both therapy and assessment. During her time in graduate school, she became one of the program’s leading assessment experts, serving as a supervisor for beginning students and taking on complicated assessments with veterans.
Jennifer is remembered as a supportive friend and classmate to those around her. One of the first to welcome applicants and new students, she was known as an avid cat lover, sci-fi geek, and true crime enthusiast. Her classmates describe her as follows: “Jen was the best cohort-mate and lab twin anyone could ever ask for.” “None of us in the cohort would have made it through the program without her incredible organization and ability to enforce deadlines.” “She was an incredible friend, wife, and daughter, and compassionate woman.”
Jennifer was working on a postdoctoral fellowship this year at the Washington, DC Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center. She, her husband, and their two cats were preparing to move to Boston, Ma., where she would join the staff at VA Boston. Jennifer was a devoted advocate for veterans and sexual assault survivors, and an incredibly talented clinician with a passion for assessment. Despite the tragically premature loss of her life, her colleagues and friends take comfort in the knowledge that so many were helped by her.
To honor her memory, Jennifer’s classmates are working with the university to establish a memorial fund that will support free assessments and therapy for veterans at the George Mason University Center for Psychological Services, where she received her own training, trained others, and worked to help veterans as an assessor and therapist. If you would like to make a donation in her honor, you can do so at the link to the right (please specify “Jen DiMauro Memorial Fund” in the Additional Comments space).
August 05, 2019