Jen Durham Austin

Austin, Jen

Support Services Counselor

  • 314-935-8457 (weekday office hours) 24/7 via WUPD 314-935-5555 or SARAH during the academic year at 314-935-8080
  • jaustin@wustl.edu

Jen is honored to join Washington University’s RSVP Center as the Support Services Counselor and is excited to be working closely with Director Kim Webb, the Administrative Assistant, Kitty Conroy, and the RSVP Center’s Prevention Specialist. Roughly 25% of Jen’s time will be dedicated to intentional outreach with students who are impacted by relationship abuse, sexual assault, and sexual harassment and who report experiencing barriers to accessing services. Historically that includes LGBTQIA students, gender-expansive students, female students of color, first generation college students, international students, and students with fewer financial resources. The other 75% of Jen’s time will be devoted to providing trauma-informed direct counseling services for students seeking support from the RSVP Center.

Prior to this, Jen worked as a Confidential Support Team Counselor at Stanford University for 2.5 years providing counseling and support to students impacted by sexual assault and relationship violence. Before working at Stanford, Jen spent 8 years as a Mental Health Clinician and Clinical Supervisor at the Los Angeles LGBT Center providing clinical support to LGBTQIA transitional age young adults (18-26 y.o.) residing in the Center’s Transitional Living Program. Jen served as a trainer for the Hollywood Homeless Youth Partnership (HHYP) facilitating trauma-informed care trainings to local services providers. Jen also had a private practice in West Hollywood from 2009 to 2014 offering individual, family, and couples counseling to the LGBT community. Jen grew up in St. Louis and received her BA and MSW from Washington University and is excited to be returning to her Alma Mater and to be working within the St. Louis community again.