Meet Jennifer Bakalar, Ph.D.
Dr. Jennifer Bakalar is a licensed psychologist who earned her Ph.D. in the dual-track Medical & Clinical Psychology program at the F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) in Bethesda, MD. Her doctoral research examined the association between early adversity, eating concerns, and weight among U.S. military personnel.
Dr. Bakalar’s clinical focus centers on the impact of stress, trauma, life transitions, and experiences of loss on psychological and physical health, emotional eating, binge eating, weight-related concerns, relationship difficulties, and overall quality of life. She applies an integrative treatment approach, grounded in Relational theories and Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) with an incorporation of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) techniques.
She completed her clinical training at sites including the National Institutes of Health, the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, the Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center Health Psychology Program, and the American University Counseling Center’s APA-Accredited Internship Program. After graduate school, she completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the Victims of Violence Program at the Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Dr. Bakalar’s treatment philosophy is rooted in a core belief in the transformative potential of meaningful, authentic connections both within and beyond the therapeutic relationship. From this foundation, she is committed to balancing evidence-based treatment with a personalized approach that fosters a collaborative understanding of each client’s concerns in the context of their life story, their intersecting identities, and their sociocultural environment. Her clinical style is warm, caring, non-judgmental, and welcoming of humor, metaphor, writing, and other forms of creative expression.