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Children's Health Council

Jennifer Sauvé, PhD

Licensed Psychologist

Dr. Sauvé obtained a bachelor’s degree in Human Development (Developmental Psychology concentration) at Cornell University’s Department of Human Ecology. She then was employed as a research assistant at Stanford University and the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, as well as at CHC in the Outcomes Measurement and Research Department. She then re-located to the East Coast to receive advanced training in clinical psychology, with the goal of eventually returning to the CHC team as a licensed psychologist following graduate training.

While earning her PhD at the University of Maine in the specialized developmental-clinical track, Dr. Sauvé’s specialty area was peer relationships. Her work focused primarily on the friendship experiences of children and adolescents experiencing difficulties such as anxiety, depression, loneliness and peer victimization/bullying. In addition, she developed a particular interest in the experience of socially anxious youth during the transition to adolescence. Her doctoral dissertation involved a novel laboratory simulation in order to examine particular individual characteristics, such as social anxiety, that may be associated with heightened responses among youth who are excluded or ignored by their peers.

Dr. Sauvé completed her pre-doctoral internship involving rotations in both Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Pediatric Psychology at the University of Minnesota Medical School. She completed her two-year postdoctoral fellowship in Child & Family Mental Health while at the University of Southern California University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. There, she conducted individual, parent, and collateral therapy. She also enjoyed leading social skills training groups for youth and parenting groups for parents of children experiencing behavioral challenges and developmental disabilities. It was in this setting that Dr. Sauvé also discovered the great fulfillment of interdisciplinary clinics involving collaboration with professionals in a wide variety of disciplines. Eight years after leaving the Bay Area to pursue her academic dream, Dr. Sauvé met her goal of returning to CHC as a psychologist to serve children, adolescents and families in need. She continues to incorporate interdisciplinary and collaborative components into her work to the greatest extent possible to best meet the needs of her clients.

In her free time, Dr. Sauvé enjoys spending time with her family, including her adored pets. She also greatly appreciates being outdoors, particularly while exploring new scenic running and hiking trails.


  • PhD, Clinical Psychology (Developmental-Clinical Track), University of Maine
  • MA, Psychology, University of Maine
  • BS, Human Development, Cornell University


  • Licensed Psychologist, California Board of Psychology (PSY28473)

Professional Affiliations

  • Society of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology


  • Maine Academic Prominence Initiative Award
  • University of Maine Chase Distinguished Research Assistantship
  • University of Maine Trustee Tuition Scholarship
  • University of Maine Psychology Department Commendation for Research
  • University of Maine Psychology Department Commendation for Overall Performance

Recent Presentations

  • Hall, H., Coulter, J., Mitchell, H., Watabe, Y., O’Haire, C., Sauvé, J.S., & Hudson, B. (2016, September). Implementation outcomes of a social skills intervention for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Poster presented at the National Conference in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, Lawrence, KS.
  • Assous, K., Ford, H.A., Rothstein, E., Brothers, S., Sauvé, J.S., Holbrook, N.M., McLaughlin, C., Purnell, B., & Nangle, D.W. (2015, March). A multitrait multimethod investigation of the construct validity of a measure of heterosocial competence. Poster presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Brothers, S., Nangle, D.W., Ford, H.A., Rothstein, E., Assous, K., Sauvé, J.S., & Holbrook, N.M. (2015, March). Social anxiety and depressive symptoms as predictors of poorer problem-solving skills in young adults. Poster presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Nangle, D.W., Grover, R.L., Prenoveau, J.M., Rothstein, E., Ford, H.A., Assous, K., Brothers, S., Sauvé, J.S., & Holbrook, N.M. (2015, March). Heterosocial competence as a multidimensional construct: Evidence of a hierarchical factor structure and convergent validity. Poster presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Philadelphia, PA.


  • Nangle, D.W., Sauvé, J.S., & Martinson, A. (2016). Modeling. In D.W. Nangle, D.J. Hansen, R.L. Grover, J. Kingery, & C. Suveg, Treating internalizing disorders in children and adolescents: Core techniques and strategies. New York: Guilford Press.