Janine Wert, LICSW, is the Director of Veterans Services at UMass Lowell. She has been a military family member for most of her life - as a military child, military spouse, and military parent. She completed an undergraduate degree from the University of Florida in psychology, a Masters of Social Work from The Ohio State University, and is a doctoral student at the University of Charleston in Executive Leadership. Her clinical expertise includes the diagnosis and treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Traumatic Brain Injury, military transitional and family issues.
She previously served returning combat Veterans in the Veterans Administration (VA) and founded the Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom Program (OEF/OIF) at the Dayton VA Medical Center and significantly expanded the OEF/OIF program at the Manchester VA Medical Center as an OEF/OIF Program Manager and Case Manager. She served at the Lowell Vet Center as a Readjustment Counselor and Family Therapist and implemented an outreach program to three local colleges so that student Veterans could access assessment and treatment. Certified in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Prolonged Exposure, and Eye Movement and Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy, Ms. Wert demonstrates deep expertise in support of combat Veterans and those facing MST trauma.
Serving as the current President of the Council of College and Military Educators (CCME), Janine is active in professional organizations serving military and veterans through higher education and is the Mental Health representative of the NASPA Veterans Knowledge Community Board. The Transition Success Model has been successfully utilized by universities and colleges across the Nation to increase support services to military and veterans students and their families.