Dr. Jennifer Contarino Panning

Dr. Jennifer Contarino Panning, Evanston Psychologist

“I’ve learned through research as well as personal experience that the relationship between client and therapist is essential for change in psychotherapy. I want my clients to feel heard, supported, and challenged! I love it when I hear ‘I never thought of it like that before!’ Sometimes therapy is painful, at other times it is exciting when a breakthrough is made or growth has occurred. I enjoy infusing my work with humor, and when appropriate, a bit of irreverence. Life is hard, but sharing the struggles and growth with a trained professional helps!

“I view psychotherapy as both an art and a science, and as such take an integrative approach based on each client’s needs and personality. Theoretically, I am drawn to contemporary CBT models such as DBT and ACT, as well as existential psychotherapy and interpersonal process theory. It is an honor to engage in such interesting, fulfilling work with clients trying to make life better for themselves, their loved ones, and their communities.”


College student mental health, mood disorders, mindfulness, graduate students, eating disorders, stress management, perfectionism, clinical hypnosis, therapists in training.


Jennifer Contarino Panning, Psy.D., (she/her/hers) has been an Illinois Licensed Clinical Psychologist since 2004. She received her Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) degree in Clinical Psychology from Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2003, and a B.A. in psychology from Illinois Wesleyan University. Dr. Panning completed her predoctoral internship at Northern Illinois University Counseling and Student Development Center, and a postdoctoral fellowship at Northern Illinois University Counseling and Student Development Center.

She established her private practice in Evanston in 2004 and since that time has been committed to providing psychological services to the Evanston and Northwestern University communities. Dr. Panning has been teaching and presenting on various topics related to psychology since 2004 and is available for teaching, presenting, supervision, and consultation. She is the author of the essay “Trump Anxiety Disorder” in the New York Timesbest-selling book “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Mental Health Experts Assess a President”.

Jennifer sees clients in our Evanston office on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.