Staff Spotlight – Jenna Paternostro, PhD


Dr. Jennifer “Jenna” Paternostro started with the Department in October as a psychologist with the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor.

I am a pediatric psychologist specializing in the evaluation and treatment of youth with chronic health conditions. I hope to expand integrated care efforts at UICH.

I recently moved to Iowa City from Portland, OR with my fiancé and two fur babies. My fiancé was born and raised here in Iowa City, so we are excited to be back close to his family. We are getting married in September on the Columbia Gorge in Hood River, OR!

I love cooking, playing board games, attending trivia nights, and reading (just started the Game of Thrones series!).

I just started pickling last summer and I am eager to perfect my recipe this year!

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