Jessica Mayer, MD is from Little Rock, Arkansas and obtained her medical degree from University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She will graduate from the IU Triple Board program in 2021.
Why Triple Board at IU?
Triple board was the right career path for me, and I would choose it again in a heartbeat. I was fortunate enough to match to my first-choice program at IU and have easily continued to find reasons to love Indy. Indy is a larger city with a smaller-town vibe—with all the big city amenities without the traffic hassle or costly price tag. Downtown is clean, beautiful, and has plenty to do (dog-friendly breweries, board-game bars, great food, NCAA Hall of Fame on the canal, ice-cream shops just to name a few of my favorites). The IU Triple Board program really is a family – very welcoming and supportive. The hospitals are gorgeous, staff are great educators, advocates, and want you to succeed, patients are diverse and appreciative, and colleagues are compassionate team-players.
My areas of interest include psychodynamic psychotherapy, reproductive psychiatry, infant mental health, consultation-liaison psychiatry, correctional psychiatry, and advocacy. Locally, I have an ongoing grant-funded collaborative research project between neonatology and psychiatry- creating a therapeutic support group for moms of infants in the NICU to promote peer support, development of secure maternal-infant attachment patterns, and improved mental health & neurobehavioral outcomes. I have also enjoyed moonlighting at the local Juvenile Correctional Facility, leading the mental health team and providing psychiatric services to incarcerated youth. Nationally, I am honored to serve on the American Psychiatric Association (APA) Scientific Program Committee, specifically chairing the Early Career Psychiatrist & Resident Fellow Member subcommittee.
Outside of work:
I enjoy wine & game-nights with my triple board friends, downtime at home with my husband, dog and TV, doing home improvement projects, and spending time in nature.