Jessi is a multimodal artist, with backgrounds in dance, physical theatre, and mixed media. She is currently a graduate student at Harvard Medical School, where she researches the intersections and ethical underpinnings of arts and therapeutic interventions. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Expressive Art Therapy from Lesley University and is a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.
Jessi has taught Social-Emotional Learning within the Boston Public School system, working with students with emotional deficits and trauma. She is committed to approaching education, particularly in the arts, from a psychotherapeutic perspective in order to strengthen the quality of care between students, teachers, and mental health professionals.
As a Research-Practitioner at the Partnering Lab, Jessi focuses on the potential for healing and harm in creative process. She is committed to facilitating creative expression through arts-based research, and supports movement-based research utilizing her backgrounds in dance, theatre, and expressive therapies. Her work uses documentation as a methodology for researching ethical relationships throughout artistic process.