Jocelyn Ritchie

Jocelyn Ritchie, JD, PhD
Jocelyn received a Ph.D. in experimental psychology and a J.D. in the UN-L psychology and law program. She worked for several years as an advocate and legislative lobbyist for Nebraska’s federally funded protection and advocacy agency before re-training to become a clinician in the UN-L clinical psychology program. After a clinical psychology internship at the Norfolk Regional Center, she completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship at the Yale School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. There she focused on neuropsychological assessment within several research projects, as well as civil and criminal forensic neuropsychological assessment. Upon returning to Lincoln she accepted an adjunct position in the UN-L Clinical Psychology Training Program, where she was active in teaching, research and clinical supervision through a contract with the Lincoln Regional Center. She has consulted for several agencies in the Lincoln area, including Blue Valley Mental Health and the Child Guidance Center. She currently works for the VA Nebraska-Western Iowa HCS as the neuropsychologist with the Polytrauma Support Clinic primarily in Lincoln and Omaha. Dr. Ritchie notes that her participation in this conference is not sponsored by or otherwise related to her duties through the VA. She currently does private practice (mostly but not exclusively assessment-related) through Lincoln Behavioral Health Center in Lincoln. Her interests continue to include forensic and neuropsychological assessment, the assessment and treatment of trauma-related problems, the neurobiology of trauma, as well as psychiatric rehabilitation for severe mental illnesses and mental health policy.
Dr. Ritchie is also interested in complementary and alternative means for individuals with trauma histories to upregulate their parasympathetic nervous systems. As such Dr. Ritchie completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training in 2015 (RYT-200) and currently is completing an additional 300-hour yoga teacher training. She has completed numerous other yoga teacher trainings with emphasis on adapting gentle yoga to all body types and abilities. She is actively involved in the “Veterans Yoga Project” since 2010 and at their 2018 Advanced Training Summit presented on the Neuroscience of Meditation. Dr. Ritchie completed Level One (2015) and Level Two (2016) of the iRest teacher training program and is in the process of obtaining iRest certification. She has been teaching iRest Yoga Nidra Guided Meditation since completing her Level One training in April of 2015.


Jocelyn Ritchie is currently not instructing any classes.