Jennifer (Jenny) Mincin, PhD, MPA, MPhil
Jenny has over twenty years of experience in the government, non-governmental, and academic sectors and is currently Assistant Professor at SUNY Empire State College in the Human Services Department. Jenny has also taught as Adjunct Professor at Hunter College in the Human Rights Program, Hunter College Silberman School of Social Work and Fordham University’s Center for Nonprofit Leaders. Jenny has worked for the City of New York, International Rescue Committee, Federal Emergency Management Agency as well as local, state and international entities.
As a full-time, Assistant Professor in the Human Services Department, Jenny teaches in traditional and innovative settings including classroom, online and independent studies. Course work includes Refugees and Displaced Populations, Family Violence and Abuse, Crisis Intervention, PTSD and Resiliency, Health and Mental Health Policy, Social Welfare Policy, Case Management, Trauma, Disaster Mental Health, Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research in Social Sciences, Crisis Intervention, Humanitarian Systems, and policy courses in addition to foundational human services and policy courses. Develop new courses such as Disaster Mental Health and Refugees and Displaced Populations.
Research areas include crisis and crisis interventions, vulnerable populations (disability, aging, women and girls, refugees and displaced populations/mixed flows), strength-based approaches (resilience and community integration), public and behavioral health models, and policy analysis as well as program evaluation and quality improvement science as a means for strengthening services. She is also a mentor for active duty military, veterans, and military family members and is an Online Curriculum Coordinator responsible for managing, coordinating and developing online courses that meet rigorous academic and federal standards. Member of the Refugee and Gender Research Team with fellow colleagues at Rutgers University and Church World Service.
While at the International Rescue Committee (IRC), Jenny served as Deputy Director in the Women’s Protection and Empowerment Unit and Regional Director. As Deputy Director, she oversaw the emergency response team, research, and the operations and grants team. As Regional Director, she managed ten U.S. Programs offices with over 250 staff and multi-million-dollar budgets as well as played a key leadership role on the senior team. She was responsible for delivery of services to refugees for all program areas including case management, employment services, social adjustment, and health and wellness. Jenny worked on several projects including the Health and Wellness programming, core sector development, Program Framework, Harvard Health Assessment, Strategic Planning, and a study on refugee self-sufficiency. Prior to IRC, Jenny worked with and for FEMA, Department of Homeland Security, HHS, HUD, and international, state and local governments. She was a former Director for Human Services at Nassau County Office of Emergency Management, Manager for City of New York (OEM and DOH) including for the 9/11 Crisis Counseling program Project Liberty and response. She has worked on several local disasters and crises as well as federally declared disasters such as September 11 terrorist attacks, 2003 Blackout, and Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, as well as serving as a member of the Special Needs team for the post-Katrina housing program in New Orleans, The Road Home. Jenny got her start as an Assistant HIV Counselor working with post-partum women and their children at the Peter Kruger Clinic/Beth Israel Medical Center in lower Manhattan.
Jenny has a PhD in Social Welfare Policy and a Master of Philosophy in Social Welfare Policy from Hunter College School of Social Work/CUNY Graduate Center. She also has an MPA from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs and received her BA from Barnard College/Columbia University in Religion and Environmental Science.