Women of the HSMA: Jennifer Dew

Q&A - 7TH MARCH 2022

Jennifer Dew of Green Door Clinic on female role models, valuable advice and the main challenges facing women in healthcare today

To mark International Women’s Day 2022, we are celebrating the women of the HSMA. Each day we will be publishing a Q&A with one of the remarkable women who make up our vibrant community of healthcare specialists. Jennifer Dew, a director and psychotherapist at Green Door Clinic.

Tell us about your role at the clinic.
At Green Door Clinic, I focus on providing bespoke intensive outpatient treatment for mental health, including the innovative esketamine nasal spray for treatment-resistant depression.

Who are the women who have inspired you the most?
I’m inspired by the pioneering women in prominent positions who have improved our understanding, prevention and treatment of mental illnesses, often having lived experience of mental health issues. This includes women who have become great ambassadors, helping to inspire others to break the stigma associated with mental health. It includes advocates, non-profit leaders, writers, artists, scientists, academics and clinicians. 

Do you have any advice for other women looking to follow a career in healthcare?
I would recommend starting by learning as much as you can from reading and studying the latest developments. Mental healthcare is fast evolving, and it’s important to stay informed about the latest techniques and ideas for supporting mental health.

As a woman, what are the biggest challenges you have faced along the way?
Especially at the beginning of my career, the challenges I faced as a woman mostly evolved from others not trusting my abilities to achieve results.

This year’s International Women’s Day theme is #BreakTheBias. What does this mean to you? 
To break the bias, I would advise women to trust their instincts and believe in what inspires them. Although we cannot always see the path ahead, if we can just trust in our abilities and learn to be open, the rest will follow.