Jenenne Valentino-Bottaro

Contributing Faculty
College of Psychology and Community Services
School of Psychology
M.S. Forensic Psychology

Dr. Jenenne Valentino-Bottaro PhD, LMHC-S holds a PhD in Human Services with a Specialization in Social and Community Services and is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the States of Florida and Utah.

Dr. Jenenne’s formal teaching experience includes courses in Forensic Psychology, Introduction to Psychology, Nonprofit Management and Development, Community Trends and Data Analysis, Crisis Management, Animal-Assisted Therapy, Human Services Foundation, Program Evaluation, Forensic Psychology, Abnormal Psychology and Sociology. Publications include Contributing Author-Interdisciplinary Approaches to Service and Therapy Animals. Contributing chapter-Framework of Equine Assisted Interactions; Community Assessments; Florida Certification Board-Content Expert Recovery Oriented System of Care Curriculum; 2018 Community Publication: Needs Analysis for Lake County, FL Homelessness and the article: Student Retention and Building Community. Published in Interdisciplinary Insights: The Journal of Saint Leo University's College of Education and Social Services

Dr. Jenenne holds certification in Clinical Trauma Professional, Child and Adolescent Trauma Professional, Play Therapy, Level 1 Animal Assisted Play Therapy ™, AutPlay Therapy, Trauma and Resiliency Level 1and 2 through Florida State University, Safe and Sound Protocol Practitioner, Certified Mental Health First Aid and Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructor, Trauma Informed Care in the Criminal Justice System, SAMHSA trained instructor, a Certified Yoga Instructor, and trained in Dance for PD (Parkinson’s disease); Certified QPR Suicide Prevention; Dialectical Behavioral Therapy; and Rational Living Therapy. Dr. Jenenne designed her own certification program for Community Development Consultation(c).

Primary areas of qualitative research interest include 1.) addressing complex trauma as experienced within community for individuals experiences substance exposure as newborns, neurodiversity among women and LGBTQIA+ young adults and other neurological disorders and 2.) addressing community trauma and restoration by addressing the social determinants of health through the Agile Science and Behavior Economics.

For over 20 years, she has provided her specialization and expertise in integrated treatment in behavioral health and community health agencies to include private practice as well experience in addiction treatment as it relates to prevention and intervention in the public sector of police, county sheriff’s departments, corrections, federal law enforcement, state public safety divisions. The facilitated, and coordination of community initiatives such as Trauma Informed Care; Maternal Child Mental Health specific to Substance Exposed Newborns, The Recovery Oriented System of Care and the Agile Model.


PhD, Capella University

MA, Capella University

MA, Webster University

BA, Thiel College