Prof. Jessica Borelli, an expert on child psychology, was interviewed by the Pasadena Star-News about the potential psychological impact adding a new fence around a school could have on the children who attend. In the July 15 article, "Sandy Hook shooting causes Alhambra Unified School District to build a fence around Monterey Heights," Borelli notes that, the fence "has the potential to create the kind of environment where people assume that bad things can happen and they are potential targets….If the adults in (children's) lives are terrified about what happened, (the children) are going to sense something is awry and get the message they should be terrified too."
A clinical psychologist, Borelli researches the links between close relationships and emotional experiences in both adults and children. She is most interested in the specific ways in which parent-child relationships are internalized and influence future patterns of relating and emotionality. Her expertise includes developmental psychopathology, post-traumatic stress disorder and mental health issues of military families.