Jessica Gourneau, PhD

Adjunct Faculty Member

Jessica was hired by the American Indian Family Center in 1999 to provide mental health services to the urban American Indian community in St. Paul, MN. The mental health services that are provided include individual, couples, family, and group therapy as well as diagnostic assessments and a variety of other psychological testing. The most frequent assessments conducted are parenting assessments, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) assessments. Jessica also conducts community workshops on pertinent mental health issues and provides education to other professionals in regards to working more effectively with the American Indian community.


PhD - University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND
MA - University of North Dakota, ND
BA - University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND

Email address: 
Office Phone: 
651-793-3803 x 3009
Professional Membership: 
  • Member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe located in Belcourt, ND
  • Past member of the Cultural Competency Subcommittee of Ramsey County
  • Previous chairperson for the Multicultural Specialty Providers Mental Health Network (MSPN)
  • Current Co-Chairperson of the American Indian Mental Health Advisory Council
Professional Practice: 

Jessica completed her Clinical Psychology Internship and Post-Doctoral, Fellowship at Hennepin County Medical Center (1998-2000). Jessica gained experience working with the indigent population and assisting with providing crisis mental health services to the inpatient as well as outpatient population. She has conducted research in the facilitation of memory, issues with Fetal Alcohol and cultural issues in the American Indian population in the Northern Plains. Much of the practical experience that Jessica received in regard to working with the American Indian population, occurred on school reservations in North Dakota as well as in hospital settings. The services varied but were often crisis oriented and problem solving in nature.

Select Presentations: 

Was a participant at the Salzburg Seminar in Salzburg, Austria from October 5-12th, 2005. This was an international conference that focused on bringing people from all over the world to work on “Early Childhood Development: Improving Linkages Between Research, Practice and Policy”

Academic History (higher ed experience): 

University of North Dakota

Areas of Interest: 

Gourneau, J. (2002). The development of the american indian bicultural inventory-northern plains (Doctoral dissertation), University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND

Gourneau, J. (1995). Examining variables distinguishing fetal alcohol syndrome from fetal alcohol effects (Master's thesis), University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND