Hi, I'm Erin Vanden Brook 

Erin Vanden Brook, MS, LCSW

Director of 9th Gear,

Mental Health Consultant,


I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been with JPA since 2014. At JPA, I'm the Director of 9thGear, JPA’s social-emotional program supporting middle school students and teachers through the unique challenges of transitioning to high school. As a Mental Health Consultant in JPA’s C2K program, I provide consultation and training to educators and administrators at multiple schools throughout Chicago. Additionally, I'm a member of JPA’s New Light group practice providing psychotherapy to children, adolescents, adults, and families. Previously, I worked as a staff therapist providing individual, small group and classroom group therapy for elementary students at KIPP Ascend Primary Charter School.


I previously studied at the University of Seville in Spain and earned my BA at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Women's Studies and Spanish. After graduating, I returned to Spain as an assistant English teacher in a high school. Prior to joining the clinical team at JPA, I worked as a bilingual child, adolescent, and adult psychotherapist at a community mental health center in Chicago. 


I earned my MSW at Loyola University Chicago. My specialties are child and adolescent development, trauma, women's issues, parenting and caregiver support, and play therapy. I'm a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).