Martha S. Hennessey

Martha S. Hennessey DEMDemocrat

American politician

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Martha S. HennesseyDEMDemocrat American politician
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Martha S. Hennessey (born February 2, 1954) is an American politician who served in the New Hampshire Senate for the 5th district from 2016 until 2020. She was the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and served on Transportation and Health and Human Services Committees. She previously served on the Children and Family Law Committee in the New Hampshire House of Representatives for the Grafton 12 district from 2014 to 2016.Hennessey graduated from Dartmouth College (1976), with a degree in psychology and from the University of Pennsylvania, with an MBA (Wharton) and PhD in developmental psychology. She practiced as an educational psychologist in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, before joining the NH legislature. She is married to Stephen Severson, and they have three children (Kristina, Tucker, and Elizabeth) and 6 granddaughters.

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Education6 - 6 of 4
University of Pennsylvania
PhD Developmental Psychology/Educational Psychology
1979 - 1985
University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School
MBA Organizational Behavior
1980 - 1982
Dartmouth College
BA Psychology/Education
1973 - 1976
Vassar College
Attended Psychology
1972 - 1973
Past Positions1 - 12 of 12
New Hampshire State Senate
New Hampshire State House of Representatives
2014 - 2016
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Geisel School of Medicine
2014 - Current
Visiting Assistant Professor
Dartmouth College
2011 - 2012
Interim Assistant Director
Student Accessibility Services, Dartmouth College
Educational Psychologist
Martha S. Hennessey, Ph.D.
2010 - Current
Hennessey Psychological Associates
2002 - 2010
Hennessey Psychological Associates
2002 - 2007
School Psychologist
Wellesley Public Schools
1991 - 2001
Assistant Professor
Babson College
1988 - 1990
Research Fellow
Educational Testing Service
1982 - 1985
Classroom Teacher
Graland Country Day School
1977 - 1979
Other Experience1 - 10 of 10
Commission to Study Grandfamilies
2016 - 2018
Commission to Study Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
2016 - 2018
Governor's Commission to Study Substance Misuse
2016 - 2018
Board Member
Hanover Historical Society
2011 - 2014
Board Member
Needham Board of Education
Former Board Member
The Circle Program
Former Member
Judiciary Committee, New Hampshire State Senate
Former Member
Transportation Committee, New Hampshire State Senate
Former Member
Health and Human Services Committee, New Hampshire State Senate
Former Member
Children and Family Law Committee, New Hampshire State House of Representatives