JACQUELYN STRAIT, PH.D.
Dr. Jacquelyn Strait (Dr. Jacque) is a licensed psychologist and the co-owner of Winding Way Therapy. With over 19 years of experience in the helping professions and over 10 years in private practice, she has provided psychological services to children, adolescents, and adults throughout her career. Dr. Jacque specializes in providing targeted and individualized psychological treatment to working professionals. With a focus on working with adults, she ensures that treatment is specifically tailored to their unique goals and needs.
Dr. Jacque is deeply committed to providing culturally competent care and advancing advocacy efforts for people of color. She has conducted extensive research on racial identity development, cultural competency, and the impact of colorblindness in the field of counseling psychology. Additionally, she has actively participated in neuropsychological research aimed at assessing stroke literacy efforts within the African American community in Appalachia.
Community involvement and advocacy hold great importance for Dr. Jacque. She served as the co-chair of Melanin Minds Matter, a non-profit, school-based organization that offers mental health education to girls of color. Furthermore, she is a proud member of the Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race (Division 45). In recognition of her dedication, Dr. Jacque was selected to participate in the prestigious Emerging Leaders Program of the Texas Psychological Association in 2023. In this role, she is actively involved in promoting diversity and inclusion efforts at the Texas state legislative level.
Dr. Jacque's educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Baylor University, a Master's Degree in Behavioral Science-Psychology from the University of Houston-Clear Lake, and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from West Virginia University. During her internship at the Texas Tech University Student Counseling Center, she gained experience providing individual therapy, group therapy, and outreach services to students, faculty, and staff. Additionally, she completed her post-doctoral internship with a prominent neuropsychology private practice in Houston, Texas.
With a wealth of experience working in diverse settings such as college counseling centers, community mental health centers, hospitals, and private practice, Dr. Jacque possesses a broad range of expertise. She has also conducted psychological and neuropsychological evaluations while working with survivors of brain injury. This strong generalist training, combined with her specialized background in neuropsychology, equips her to effectively work with individuals from various backgrounds.
Dr. Jacque has received several notable honors throughout her career, including the Psi Chi Graduate Leadership Award, the Graduate Student Honors and Leadership Award in Psychology, the West Virginia University Center for Excellence in Disabilities Research Award, and the National Register of Health Service Psychologists Early Career Credentialing award.
As an active member of professional organizations, Dr. Jacque maintains memberships in the American Psychological Association, the Association of Black Psychologists, the Texas Psychological Association, and the Houston Psychological Association. Moreover, she is a credentialed psychologist listed with the National Register of Health Service Psychologists and has been approved to provide interjurisdictional Telepsychology services through PsyPact.
In her spare time, Dr. Jacque finds joy and balance in a vibrant array of hobbies and activities. She dedicates time to challenge her physical strength through weight training and various fitness activities. Beyond the gym, Dr. Jacque treasures moments spent alongside her partner Jason and their two furbabies, Sasha and Brody. She also finds time to “garden” using her questionable green thumb. In between her misadventures in gardening, Dr. Jacque loves to explore new cultures through world travel. When home, Dr. Jacque can be found basking in the loving chaos of her large extended family gatherings filled with loud storytelling, laughter, the natural harmony of rhythm and blues and 90's hip hop music playing in the background, and unconditional connectedness.