Dr. Jean Ward

About Jean Ward, Ph.D.

Recently identified by Washingtonian Magazine as one of the best therapists in the DC metropolitan area, I am a licensed clinical psychologist with thirty years of postdoctoral experience.

I see children, adolescents and adults for the diagnosis and treatment of eating disorders, depression, adjustment disorders, anxiety, and mood disorders; provide psychological and social support to clients diagnosed with learning disorders and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorders; and work with people who are engaged in school, work, and life transitions.

Areas of Expertise

The following disruptions at school, work and home that pose barriers to learning, achievement at school or work, social development, and mental health are of special interest to me:

  • Eating disorders including obesity, bulimia, anorexia nervosa, and binge-eating
  • Student Transitions from elementary to middle school, from middle school to high school, from high school to college, and from college to graduate school, and accompanying changes in friendships, group alliances, and academic expectations.
  • College Counseling and Transition
  • Adult transitions in work environments and interpersonal relationships, and changes in expectations, friendships and alliances.
  • Divorce
  • Loss and bereavement
  • Chronic health problems, medical problems, and mental illness in the family
  • Bullying, internet aggression, sexual harassment, and aggression at school or work
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder
  • Social withdrawal and excessive shyness
  • Learning disabilities

Nearly eight hundred therapists identified specialists to whom they would send a family member in the most recent Washingtonian magazine ranking of therapists “Best of Issue” (July, 2009). My peers recognized me as the one clinical psychologist practicing in northern Virginia whose services they would seek for a relative with an eating disorder. I am honored to be the only psychologist practicing in northern Virginia to be included in this category. I was also recently selected from a nation-wide pool of candidates to be one of four health care practitioners who provided information on career opportunities at the Duke University Career Conference attended by more than 1,000 students.

My educational background

Ph.D., 1982, Clinical Psychology, Vanderbilt University
M.A., 1980, Clinical Psychology, Vanderbilt University
B.A., 1978, Duke University
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What is a Clinical Psychologist?

A clinical psychologist has a doctoral degree (Ph.D.), has completed a doctoral dissertation, and has extensive clinical training. Clinical experience is based on supervised pre-doctoral practicum placements over a period of at least four years, a postdoctoral internship year, and residency year. A clinical psychologist is trained in assessment, diagnosis, treatment, behavior change, statistics, and research methods. Clinical psychologists differ from psychiatrists, licensed clinical social workers (LCSW), and licensed professional counselors (LPC) in that they have a doctoral degree with a clinical and scientific orientation, and are trained to use psychological testing to assess intelligence, learning, attention, personality, emotional functioning, and educational functioning. Clinical psychologists are also taught to examine and continually evaluate current treatment techniques, and to help clients understand their behaviors, feelings and thoughts.

I provide assessment services, a variety of cognitive, behavioral and insight-oriented techniques, and support to individuals, parent-child pairs, parent-teenager pairs, adult pairs, groups, and families. My “positive psychology” approach enables clients to use unique talents, abilities, character strengths, and insight gained through our collaboration to resolve problems, and achieve greater fulfillment and happiness in life. The general goals of this assessment, treatment and support model include problem solving; enhancing self esteem, competence, and interpersonal connections; and gaining a greater sense of self determination. My interest in life transitions for children, adolescents, college students, and adults evolved from working with hundreds of clients, and identifying the best paths to pursue when making school, job, career, family, and interpersonal decisions.



Dr. Jean Ward sees clients who live and work in Northern Virginia, Maryland, and the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Her clients come from Reston, Great Falls, McLean, Vienna, Oakton, Fair Lakes, Fair Oaks, Woodburn, Hayfield, North Springfield, West Springfield, Clifton, Herndon, Chantilly, Fairfax, West Falls Church, Greenbriar, Arlington, Seven Corners, Wakefield, Tysons Corner, South Run, Alexandria, Mount Vernon, Idylwood, George Mason, Dranesville, Annandale, Bailey’s Crossroads, Franklin Farm, Dunn Loring, Burke, Centreville, Fairfax Station, Merrifield, Wolf Trap, Hamilton, Round Hill, Middleburg, Lovettsville, Purcellville, Leesburg, Hillsboro, Ashburn, Dulles, Lansdowne, South Riding, Sterling, Rockville, Chevy Chase, North Bethesda, Bethesda, North Potomac, and Potomac.

Dr. Ward sees children, adolescents and adults for the diagnosis and treatment of depression, anxiety, mood disorders, adjustment disorders, obesity, anorexia nervosa, bulimia, and binge-eating disorder; provides psychological support to students diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorders and learning disorders; advises students engaged in the college transition process; and works with individuals going through transitions due to turning points in life.

Dr. Jean Ward is a member of the American Psychological Association, Northern Virginia Academy of Clinical Psychologists, Virginia Academy of Clinical Psychologists, Virginia Psychological Association, Higher Education Consultants Association, Washington Independent Services for Educational Resources, Washington Society for the Study of Eating Disorders and Obesity, and National Register of Health Service Providers.


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