Jessica Retrum is an assistant professor in the department of social work at MSU Denver. She has eight years of clinical experience in health related social work; hospice, home care, inpatient care, developmental disabilities, and mental health care to children in residential and in-home settings.
Her Ph.D. is in social work with a particular focus on gerontology; the health and mental health needs of community dwelling older adults and their social supports. Her dissertation research involved a dyad analysis that explored the relationship between older parents and their cohabitating child caregivers.
Jessica has worked with many community nonprofit organizations that serve the social, health and mental health needs of older adults and their families. She also served for three years as a research associate at CU Denver, for the PARTNER project providing community outreach and education, training, data management and analysis, scholarly work and grant writing.