Dr. Jennifer Foster
Dr. Jennifer Foster is an Assistant Teaching Professor and Director of the Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) Programs in the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP) at Rutgers University. Prior to joining GSAPP, she spent 16 years working in the public schools in Perth Amboy, NJ. During her tenure in Perth Amboy, Dr. Foster held the positions of District School Psychologist and District Coordinator of Mental Health Programs. With a strong background in systems and large-scale program planning, she has worked closely with district administrators and community leaders to develop and implement a range of prevention and intervention programs. Most notably, Dr. Foster successfully implemented a district-wide Multi-Tiered System of Supports in which all students have access to prevention, intervention, and wraparound programming that targets social emotional learning and the mental wellness of all students. She is also an expert in crisis management and has worked closely with district administrators and community leaders to develop district-wide crisis response procedures, crisis prevention training programs, data collection systems, and ongoing professional development in crisis management and threat assessment. Recognizing the importance of supporting staff who provide direct service to students, Dr. Foster created a system of clinical supervision, consultation, and professional development for mental health professionals across the district. Over the years, she has also worked closely with building and central administrators toward developing a district climate that supports diversity, equity, and inclusion for all. In this capacity, Dr. Foster has become a staunch advocate for transgender student rights and creating inclusive schools.