Jennifer M Gamarra

Jennifer M Gamarra, PhD

Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Psychology



Dr. Gamarra is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes working with youth and families. She is passionate about increasing mental health literacy and access to high-quality treatment.


B.A. in Psychology with Honors - University of Pennsylvania

M.A. in Clinical Psychology - UCLA

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology - UCLA



Wu, E. G., Becker, K. D., Kim, R. E., Martinez, J. I., Gamarra, J. M., & Chorpita, B. F. (2022). How do treatment protocols affect the use of engagement practices in youth mental health services? Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 1-19.

Stirman, S.W., Gutner, C.A., Gamarra, J.M., Suvak, M., Vogt, D., Wachen, J.S., Dondanville, K., Johnson, C., Yarvis, J.S., Mintz, J., Peterson, A., McCaughan, S.Y., & Resick, P.A. (2021). A novel approach to the assessment of fidelity to a cognitive behavioral therapy for PTSD using clinical worksheets: A proof of concept with Cognitive Processing Therapy. Behavior Therapy, 52(3), 656-672.

Gamarra, J. M. & Hammett, J. F. (2020). Supervision experiences during practicum in a brief treatment model college counseling center. The Behavior Therapist, 43(4), 143-145.

Guan, K., Kim, R.E., Rodas, N.V., Brown, T.E., Gamarra, J.M., Krull, J.L., & Chorpita, B.F. (2019). Emergent life events: An in-depth investigation of characteristics and provider responses during youth evidence-based treatment. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 48(6), 906–921doi:10.1080/15374416.2018.1496441

Stirman, S.W., Gamarra, J.M., Bartlett, B., Calloway, A., & Gutner, C.A. (2017). Empirical examinations of modifications and adaptations to evidence-based psychotherapies: Methodologies, impact, and future directions. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 24 (4), 396-420.

Stirman, S.W., Gutner, C.A., Gamarra, J.M., Vogt, D., Suvak, M., Schuster, J., Dondanville, K., Yarvis, J.S., Minz, J., Peterson, A.L., Borah, E.V., Litz, B.T., Molino, A., McCaughan, S.Y., and Resick, P.A. (2016). Proceedings of the 3rd Biennial Conference of the Society for Implementation Research Collaboration (SIRC) 2015: Advancing efficient methodologies through community partnerships and team science. Leveraging routine clinical materials to assess fidelity to an evidence-based psychotherapy. Implementation Science, 11(S1).

Gamarra, J.M., Luciano, M.T., Gradus, J.L., & Stirman, S.W. (2015). Assessing variability and implementation fidelity of suicide prevention safety planning in a regional VA Healthcare System. Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention, 36(6), 433–439.

Stirman, S.W., Matza, A., Gamarra, J.M., Toder, K., Creed, T., Cunningham, A. Xhezo, R., Hurford, M., Evans, A.C., Crits-Christoph, P., & Beck, A.T. (2015). System-level influences on the sustainability of an evidence-based psychotherapy. Psychiatric Services, 66 (7), 734-742.

Gutner, C.A. & Gamarra, J.M. (2014). Recent findings in cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia. The Behavior Therapist, 37(7).