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Jennifer DeFeo

Jennifer DeFeo

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

    Chair- Academic Effectiveness Review Committee

  • 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

Dr. Jennifer DeFeo, a native New Yorker, graduated with her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology 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 is presently the Interim Associate Chair and Distinguished Professor of the Psyd/MFT Department at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Irvine, California.

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, PhD Clinical Psychology with Health Track
Licensure(s)

Licensed Clinical Psychologist - California

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Areas Of Expertise

Specializing 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, and multiple forensic settings, Dr. DeFeo’s specialty additionally extends to children and adolescents, family, gangs, LGBT, and HIV/AIDS populations. 

In addition to her clinical work, Dr. DeFeo has extensive experience in Agency Management. In 2003, Dr. DeFeo was the LGBT youth center manager in San Diego, which catered to youth ages 14-24, and developed crisis intervention, social and counseling groups, and implemented the HIV/AIDS Youth Project. In 2007, Dr. DeFeo assisted in starting the Wraparound program at Hollygrove Children and Family Services in Hollywood, California. In 2010, Dr. DeFeo developed and implemented the Family Finding Program and oversaw Wraparound services at Southcoast Community Services in Ontario, California. 

Dr. DeFeo began teaching at Pasadena City College in 2007, where she conducted foster home certification courses for individuals wishing to become a licensed foster care home provider. Such courses were included, but not limited to psychopharmacology, behavioral intervention, and LGBT issues. In 2008, Dr. DeFeo began her journey working as an adjunct for Antioch University. In 2010, Dr. DeFeo transitioned to the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, where she is presently a distinguished professor, as well as the interim associate chair for the Department of Marriage and Family Therapy.

Dr. DeFeo has served as a board member for organizations such as PFLAG, Youth Pride San Diego, Susan Cusamano Breast Cancer Foundation, and California Marriage Equality. Dr. DeFeo has been noted as an expert on the DSM-5 and ICD-10 diagnostic systems both nationally and internationally.

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.

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.

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)