Jessica Whitley has been an assistant professor at the Faculty of Education of the University of Ottawa since 2008. Her research and teaching are driven by a dedication to improving the school experiences of students with exceptionalities. She is particularly interested in documenting, identifying influences on, and developing interventions related to psychosocial and mental health functioning. She draws on a variety of methods and data sources in her research, including analyses of small student focus groups and modeling of data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth. In her teaching, she aims to fully prepare future teachers of inclusive classrooms and to further develop the skills and knowledge of graduate-level learners.