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Jennifer DeFeo

Jennifer DeFeo

Interim Associate Department Chair
  • Interim Associate Chair
    Marriage and Family Therapy Department

    Distinguished Professor of Psychology

  • The Chicago School Irvine
    The Chicago School Los Angeles
    The Chicago School Westwood
Department
Marriage and Family Therapy
Address
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Office Location
Office Phone
On-campus Ext.
Email
jdefeo@thechicagoschool.edu
Website
Jennifer DeFeo, PhD
Biography

Jennifer DeFeo, a native New Yorker, graduated with her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology (Marriage and Family Therapy) from Antioch University, Santa Barbara in 2002 and Doctorate of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology with a Health Track from the California School of Professional Psychology (Alliant) in 2008.

Dr. DeFeo has specialized in working with the severely mentally ill populations in both inpatient and outpatient care, as well as in the New York State psychiatric hospital system, multiple forensic settings. Dr. DeFeo’s specialty additionally extends to at-risk youth, children and adolescents, family, gangs, LGBT, and HIV/AIDS populations. Dr. DeFeo presently has a private practice in Irvine, California where she serves the severely mentally ill, adolescent male, men’s issues, LGBT, depressive and anxiety populations.

Dr. DeFeo is noted as one of the leading experts of the DSM-5 in the State of California. She has conducted over 30 state, national, and international trainings on the topic. Dr. DeFeo was the highlighted presenter at the 18th Annual Inter-national Violence, Abuse, and Trauma Conference (IVAT) in San Diego in September, 2013, the 18th Annual IVAT Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii in March, 2014, and the Illinois American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Conference in Naperville, Illinois to conduct a full 7 hour workshop to educate Clinical Psychologists, Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, Psychiatrists, and Medical Doctors/Professionals on the DSM-5 and ICD-10 diagnostic systems. Additionally, Dr. DeFeo is working with the Mexican Board of Professionals to institute the DSM-5 into the Mexican Higher Education Institutions. Dr. DeFeo also has presented at the First Annual Latino-American Conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina training Psychologists from Argentina, Panama, Chile, and Equador on the DSM-5 and ICD-10 Systems in October, 2014.

Dr. DeFeo presently is a California licensed psychologist, distinguished professor of psychology, and Interim Associate Chair for the Department of Marriage and Family Therapy for the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Irvine, California where she has been working since 2010. Dr. DeFeo also is a senior reviewer and editor for the Journal of Psychiatry and the Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, and the Chair of the CARE Program for the California Psychological Association.

Education
  • 1998 University of South Florida, B.A Psychology, B.S Biology
  • 2002 Antioch University, M.A Clinical Psychology
  • 2006 California School of Professional Psychology, M.S Clinical Psychology with Health Track
  • 2008 California School of Professional Psychology, Ph.D. Clinical Psychology with Health Track
  • 2014 Alliant International University, Post-Doctoral Masters in Clinical Psychopharmacology (Presently)
Licensure(s)

Licensed Clinical Psychologist - California

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Areas Of Expertise

Conferences/Presentations

1998-2000, (Quarterly) University of South Florida, Tampa 

  • Featured Presenter/Trainer on Human Sexuality, Gender, Cultural Diversity, and HIV/AIDS
  • Attendees included medical doctors, psychologists, social workers, students, professors, employees

2002, National Gay & Lesbian Task Force Conference

  • Co-Presented with Betty Degeneres on Marriage Equality for Gay & Lesbian Marriage
  • Open Conference

2002-2004, (Annually) University of California, San Diego

  • Feature Presenter/Trainer on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and HIV/AIDS/STD Youth Community Issues
  • Attendees included medical doctors, psychologists, social workers, students, professors, employees

2002-2004, (Yearly) County Mental Health, San Diego

  • Feature Presenter/Trainer on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Adult & Youth Community Issues
  • Attendees included medical doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers

2002-2004, (Yearly)  San Diego HIV Community Council Conference

  • Feature Presenter/Workshop Leader on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Youth Issues
  • Audience included non-LGBT identified youth, parents, school officials, law enforcement, and counselors

2002-2004, (Regularly) Foster Care Agencies, Group Homes, and other Youth Organizations, San Diego

  • Provided over 150 trainings to social workers, foster parents, mental health workers, psychologists, MFT’s, and other professionals on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and HIV/AIDS sensitivity.

2005, PFLAG, 1st Annual Youth, Parent, Family, Friend, and Teacher Conference

  • Developed, organized, and facilitated this first annual conference on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth Issues targeted toward parents, families, friends, school teachers, counselors, law enforcement, and other school officials.

2012, Race, Ethnicity, Place Conference- San Juan, Puerto Rico

  • Presentation of Research (DeFeo, 2008): The Impact of Racism and Gay-Related Stress on Physiological Arousal in African-American and Gay Male Youth Populations

January 2013, Chicago School of Professional Psychology- Irvine, California

  • 3 CEU Certification Presentation: Stages of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Identity Development

April/May 2013, Chicago School of Professional Psychology- Irvine/Los Angeles, California

  • Preparing for the DSM-5 Changes in Professional Setings and Private Practice

May/June 2013, Chicago School of Professional Psychology- Irvine/Los Angeles/Online

  • Implementing DSM-5 Changes into Studying for the EPPP and MFT Exams

May 2013, Chicago School of Professional Psychology- Los Angeles, California

  • 3 CEU Certification Presentation: Stages of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Identity Development

June 2013, Chicago School of Professional Psychology- Irvine, California

  • 3 CEU Certification Presentation: Stages of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Identity Development

June 2013, Turning Point Training- Irvine, California

  • Professional Training: Stages of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Identity Development

July 2013, Chicago School of Professional Psychology- Irvine Campus (3 Dates and Times)

  • 4 CEU Certification Presentation: DSM-5 Training 

July 2013, The Norooz Clinic: Sex and Couples Therapy Certification Program- Irvine, California

  • Sex, Couples, and Polygamous Relationship Therapy (LGBT Focused)

August 2013, Chicago School of Professional Psychology- Irvine Campus (2 Dates and Times)

  • 4 CEU Certification Presentation: DSM-5 Training

September 2013, Chicago School of Professional Psychology- Irvine Campus

  • 4 CEU Certification Presentation: DSM-5 Training

September 2013, 18th Annual International Violence, Abuse, and Trauma Conference- San Diego, CA

  • 6 CEU Certification Presentation: DSM-5 and ICD Codes

September 2013, Chicago School of Professional Psychology- Los Angeles, California

  • Faculty Presentation: Men’s Mental Health

September 2013, Chicago School of Professional Psychology- National Webinar

  • CEU Certification Presentation: LGBT Suicide Prevention and Intervention

October 2013, Olive Crest Child and Family Services of Riverside, California

  • CEU Certification Presentation: Using DSM-5 & ICD-10 Diagnostic Systems in Practice.

October 2013, Chicago School of Professional Psychology- Irvine, California

  • CEU Certification Presentation: Men’s Mental Health.

November 2013, Chicago School of Professional Psychology- Irvine, California

  • CEU Certification Presentation: Using DSM-5 & ICD-10 Diagnostic Systems in Practice.

November 2013, Centro de Enseñanza Técnica y Superior (CETYS) University, Escuela de Psicología - Mexicali, Mexico

  • Presentation to Students, Faculty, and the Community: Utilizing the DSM-5 and ICD-10 in Practice and Education.

November 2013, CETYS University- Tijuana, Mexico

  • Presentation to Students, Faculty, and the Community: Utilizing the DSM-5 and ICD-10 in Practice and Education.

November 2013, CETYS University- Ensenada, Mexico

  • Presentation to Students, Faculty, and the Community: Utilizing the DSM-5 and ICD-10 in Practice and Education.

March 7, 2014, Chicago School of Professional Psychology- Chicago, Illinois

  • CEU Certification Presentation: Using DSM-5 & ICD-10 Diagnostic Systems in Practice.

March 2014, Annual Institute of Violence, Abuse, and Trauma Conference- Honolulu, Hawaii

  • DeFeo, J. (2014, March). Using DSM5 & ICD10 Diagnostic Systems: Controversies & Practical Suggestions.  Lecture at the 19th Annual Institute of Violence, Abuse, and Trauma Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii.

March 2014, Annual Institute of Violence, Abuse, and Family Therapy (IAAMFT)- Naperville, Illinois

  • DeFeo, J. (2014, March). Utilizing DSM-5 & ICD-10 Diagnostic Systems in Practice and Higher Education.  Lecture at the Illinois American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (IAAMFT) in Naperville, IL.

March 2014, Chicago School of Professional Psychology- Chicago, Illinois

  • DeFeo, J. (2014, March).  CEU Certification: Using DSM-5 and ICD-10 Diagnostic Systems in Practice.  Lecture at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, Illinois.

March 2014, Chicago School of Professional Psychology- Irvine, California

  • DeFeo, J. (2014, March). CEU Certification: Bridging the Keirsey Temperament Sorter and The 5 Love Languages.  Lecture at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Irvine, California.

April 2014, Jewish Federation and Family Services- Irvine, California

  • DeFeo, J. (2014, April).  CEU Certification: Utilizing the DSM-5 and ICD-10 Diagnostic Systems in Treatment. Lecture at the Jewish Federation and Family Services in Irvine, California.

April 2014, Olive Crest Children and Family Services in Riverside, California

  • DeFeo, J. (2014, April). CEU Certification: LGBT Identity Development and Clinical Approaches to Treatment.  Lecture at Olive Crest Children and Family Services in Riverside, California

May 2014, Mercy House in Chicago, Illinois

  • DeFeo, J. (2014, May).  CEU Certification: Utilizing the DSM-5 and ICD-10 Diagnostic Systems in Children and Adolescent Residential Systems.  Lecture at Mercy House in Chicago, Illinois

May 2014, Chicago School of Professional Psychology- Irvine, California

  • DeFeo, J. (2014, May). CEU Certification: Bridging the Keirsey Temperament Sorter and The 5 Love Languages.  Lecture at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Irvine, California.\

May 2014, Orange County California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (OC-CAMFT) 3000 Club.

  • DeFeo, J. (2014, May). LGBT Identity Development and Clinical Approaches to Treatment.  Lecture at the Marriott Hotel Conference Center in Irvine, California

May 2014, Sovereign Health Group- San Clemente, California

  • DeFeo, J. (2014, May). CEU Training: Men’s Mental Health. Lecture at Sovereign Health Group in San Clemente, California. 

May 2014, Mariposa Women and Family Center- Orange, California

  • DeFeo, J. (2014, May). LGBT Identity Development and Clinical Approaches to Treatment.  Lecture at Mariposa Women and Family Center in Orange, California.

May 2014, International Psychological Association Conference- Athens, Greece

  • DeFeo, J. (2014, May). Presentation of Research (DeFeo, 2008). The Impact of Racism and Gay-Related Stress on Physiological Arousal in African-American and Gay Male Youth Populations. Athens, Greece. International Psychological Association Conference.

May 5, Utilizing the DSM-5 and ICD-10 Diagnostic Systems in the Children and  Adolescent Residential System

  • CEU training to Clinicians (LCSW, MFT, PsyD, LCPC, LPCC) at Mercy House in Chicago, Illinois

May 10, 2014, Bridging the Keirsey Temperament Sorter II and the 5 Love Languages

  • CEU training to Clinicians in the Community at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Irvine, California

May 16, 2013, LGBT Identity Development and Clinical Approaches to Treatment

  • California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) 3000 Club in Irvine, California

May 21, 2014, Men’s Mental Health

  • CEU training to Clinicians in the Community at Sovereign Health Group in San Clemente, California

May 27, 2014, LGBT Identity Development and Clinical Approaches to Treatment

  • Clinician-Specific Training at Mariposa Women and Family Center in Orange, California

June 6, 2014, Practicum Readiness Assessment Preparation

  • Workshop at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Irvine, California

June 14, 2014, LGBT Couples Therapy

  • Clinician-Focused CEU Workshop at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Irvine, California

June 14, 2014, Celebrating Pride through LGBT Mental Health Awareness

  • Developed and Executed a Full-Day (8 CEU) Program/Event at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Irvine, California.  This event consisted of extensive trainings catered toward Mental Health Professionals.

July 26, 2014, DSM-5 and ICD-10

  • Clinician-Focused CEU Workshop at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Irvine, California

August 8-10, 2014, El Centro de Ensenanza Tecnica y Superior (CETYS Universidad) & The Chicago School of Professional Psychology Student Exchange Weekend

  • Grant Proposal Submitted, Accepted, and Received to Host a Weekend-long Student Exchange Program held at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Irvine, California.  Solely Developed and Executed Student Exchange Program to include 18 CEU’s.

August 14, 2014, DSM-5 and ICD-10

  • Psychiatrist-Focused Workshop at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York

August, 14, 2014, DSM-5 and ICD-10

  • Clinician/Student-Focused Workshop at New York University (NYU), New York, New York

August 21, 2014, DSM-5 and ICD-10

  • Clinican-Focused CEU Workshop at Sovereign Health Systems in Los Angeles, California

September 16, 2014, LGBT Identity Development and Clinical Approaches to Treatment

  • Clinican-Focused CEU Workshop at Jewish Family Services in Irvine, California

October 5, 2014, LGBT Identity Development and Clinical Approaches to Treatment

  • Clinican/Student-Focused Workshop at the University of San Diego in San Diego, California

October 8, 2014, LGBT Identity Development and Clinical Approaches to Treatment

  • Clinician-Focused Workshop at Sovereign Health Systems in San Clemente, California

October 14-16, 2014, Understanding and Implementing the DSM-5 and ICD-10 Systems in Latin America

  • International Professional 8 Hour Workshop
  • 1st Latin American Congress for the Advancement of Psychological Science in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • In conjunction with the Association for the Advancement of Psychological Science (AACP)

November 18, 2014, LGBT Identity Development and Clinical Approaches to Treatment

  • Clinican-Focused Workshop at Turning Point Community Services in Santa Ana, California

November 19, 2014, LGBT Identity Development and Clinical Approaches to Treatment

  • Clinician-Focused Workshop at Orange County Child Protective Services in Orange, California

Media/Podcast/Radio/Newspaper Presentations

  • DeFeo, J. & Goode, J. (2013, July 2). Serious mental illnesses: Signs and treatment. Psych 1 on 1 podcast. Podcast retrieved from http://www.skidrowstudios.com
  • DeFeo, J. & Goode, J. (2013, September). Working with At-Risk Children and Adolescents. Therapy Cable.  Video retrieved from http://www.therapycable.com
  • DeFeo, J. & Goode, J. (2013, November 4). Men’s Mental Health Issues.  Psych 1 on 1 podcast.  Podcast retrieved from http://www.skidrowstudios.com
  • DeFeo, J. (2013, November 9).  DSM-5 & ICD-10.  Ensenada Gazette.  Published: November 10, 2013.

National/Community Awards

2004, Pride, San Diego

  • Best  San Diego Youth Community Leader
  • Best HIV/AIDS Awareness Community Leader
  • Best Developed Youth Community Leadership Council

2004, PFLAG, San Diego

  • Most Successful Youth Community Leader

2007, Alliant International University

  • Honorable Mention for Persico Scholorship

2011, Chicago School of Professional Psychology

  • Star Faculty of the Year

2012, Chicago School of Professional Psychology

  • Star Faculty of the Year

2012-2013, Chicago School of Professional Psychology

  • Distinguished Professor Award: Excellence in Teaching Award  (All Campuses)

Professional Community Roles

2014- Present, OMICS International Conferences

  • Committee Member- Develop and Implement International Conferences with other OMICS committee members.  Presently working on the 2015 Mental Health and Recovery Conference to be held in November, 2015.

2014-Present, California Psychological Association

  • Chair- Colleague Awareness Resources and Education Program (CARE) – Through the American Psychological Association Practice Organization

2013-Present, Journal of Hispanic Higher Education

  • Senior Editor/ Journal Article Reviewer

2013-Present, Journal of Psychiatry

  • Senior Editor/ Journal Article Reviewer

2013-Present, International Violence, Abuse, and Trauma Conferences San Diego, CA through Alliant International University (California  School of Professional Psychology)

  • Co-Chair of Children Exposed to Violence Committee

Publications/Citations for Review

Publications

  • DeFeo (2013). Understanding Sexual, Paraphilic, and Gender Dysphoria Disorders in the DSM-5.  Journal of Child Sexual Abuse.  Taylor & Francis. (Submitted by request of the Journal).

Citations for Review

2004-2005, National  Child Traumatic Stress Network

  • Sutter Eyeberg Student Behavior Inventory Revised (SESBI-R)
  • Beck Depression Inventory II (BDI-II)
  • Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI)
  • Youth Self Report 11-18 (YSR/11-18)
  • Child Behavior Checklist

Grants Awarded

  • DeFeo (2014).  International Psychology grant obtained to fund the student exchange program developed by Jennifer DeFeo, PhD for Mexican psychology students from CETYS University in Mexico to have a study abroad experience with The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Irvine, California.