Jean Christianson is the training coordinator for the Department of Social Work. Her clinical work is in the neurorehabilitation program. She is also an adjunct clinical associate professor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work.
Jean Christianson graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 1971, with a bachelor's of arts in social welfare. She received her master's degree in social work from the University of Maryland School of Social Work in 1973. Following a maternal and child health-sponsored master's level field placement at Kennedy Krieger Institute, she worked as a clinical social worker in the institute's inpatient program.
Jean left Kennedy Krieger Institute in 1978 for a position as a faculty field instructor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work. As part of the school's Center for the Hearing Impaired, she established field placements for hearing impaired graduate students. She taught "Introduction to Developmental Disabilities" and "Introduction to Social Work with the Developmentally Disabled and their Families" to Job Corps/New Careers students through the Community College of Baltimore. After three years, she returned to the institute as the social worker for the new pediatric rehabilitation program. In 1991, she was selected for the Institute's William J. Hersey Service Award.
Jean continues her clinical social work in the neurorehabilitation program. She is an affiliate field instruction faculty member at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work, and an adjunct clinical associate professor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work. She was awarded the University of Maryland School of Social Work's Julia Rauch Award for Excellence in Maternal and Child Health Field Instruction in 2003. Her special interests include family adaptation to brain injury, interdisciplinary process, the influence of temperament in clinical work, cultural diversity and the promotion of mental health in health care providers.
Jean Christianson participated in an unpublished exploratory study of psychosocial characteristics of families of Kennedy Krieger Institute patients to determine which families need increased psychosocial support, problem solving and resource finding.