Jacqui Tisdale


Assistant Director, Outreach and Intervention


Dean of Students Office


302 Memorial Union | jtisdale@uri.edu | 401.874.2098


PhD, Psychology (School emphasis), University of Rhode Island
MA, Psychology, New School for Social Research
BA, Psychology/Spanish, Wake Forest University


Jacqui was born and raised in Northern New Jersey, a culturally rich and diverse area that has influenced her passion for traveling and learning about other cultures. She completed her undergraduate work at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC in 2006. While in graduate school at the New School for Social Research in New York City, Jacqui studied the manner in which hair loss (as a primary condition) impacts women of color and who is traditionally sought out (e.g., doctors, hair salon, other) to manage the physical and emotional impact of this loss. Jacqui relocated to Rhode Island in 2008, where she worked in community mental health for 3 years for the May Institute in Fall River, MA prior to beginning her School Psychology PhD program. During this 4 year period, she continued to work with adolescents and young adults at-risk of incarceration due to mental health and life circumstances, as well as worked as a Graduate Assistant in Disability Services for Students at URI. Her research focused primarily on improving transition services for high school students returning to school following psychiatric hospitalization. In 2014, she returned to Disability Services full time until her transition to the Assistant Director of Outreach and Intervention in February 2016. Her responsibilities include case management for students with non-academic difficulties, crisis management workshops for faculty and staff, community education on mental illness and other factors impacting holistic well-being for college students, and most recently, coordinating efforts to expand URI’s on-campus food pantry (Rhody Outpost) in conjunction with St. Augustine church. Jacqui also works with the Psychological Consultation Center in the Psychology department to complete neuropsychological assessments for RI college students and local community members.

Personal Interests

Latin dance is a personal favorite! On Friday and Saturday nights, you’re likely to find me downtown Providence dancing the night away with friends and family. Walking, biking, and reading are essential to my well-being, so you’re likely to find me walking around campus listening to an audio book, or sitting outside reading in a nice shady spot. My family and I love to travel both locally and internationally… I am a thrill-seeker (roller coasters, ziplining, bungee jumping… skydiving is next)! Delta Sigma Theta Sorority is also very important to me, and as Community Service Chair, I am frequently collaborating with groups on and off campus to serve our local communities.

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