Jenny Rea PhD

Assistant Professor of Practice

Jenny Rea, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the College of Applied Science and Technology in the Human Services program at the University of Arizona (UA). She also serves as the program’s Internship Coordinator.

As an educator, Rea’s teaching focuses on connecting research and practice to engage students in better-serving individuals, families, and communities within the Human Services field. She helps students to become future-focused and career-ready in a 21st-century workforce by focusing on first-hand internship experiences. Rea empowers students by providing them with up-to-date knowledge and applicable skills to solve real-world problems.

Rea is interested in studying the pressing issues facing military families today. Specifically, she integrates research and outreach to support military families, but also those who work with and on behalf of military families. Her research focuses on three interrelated life domains: (1) resilience and family well-being, (2) employment and education, (3) mental health and familial relationships.

As part of her service to the CAST, Rea currently serves as a Wellness Ambassador and secretary for the Faculty Forum. She serves the Human Services program through membership in the National Organization of Human Services (NOHS). Finally, Rea serves the broader academic community as a reviewer for various academic and peer-reviewed journals.


  • PhD Family Social Science, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
  • MS Youth, Family, and Community Sciences, North Carolina State University
  • BS Family Life and Child Development, Minnesota State University, Mankato