Jennifer DeFeo



Jennifer DeFeo

Interim Associate Department Chair

  • Interim Associate Chair

  • Campus:
  • Los Angeles
Marriage and Family Therapy
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Address Map of 4199 Campus Dr Irvine CA 92612
Office 432B
4199 Campus Dr
Irvine, CA 92612

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 History
Degree Institution Year
B.S Biology, B.A Psychology University of South Florida, Tampa, FL 1998
M.A Clinical Psychology Antioch University, Santa Barbara, CA 2002
M.S Clinical Psychology California School of Professional Psychology 2006
Ph.D. Clinical Psychology Clinical Psychology with Health Track 2008
Post-Doctoral Masters in Clinical Psychopharmacology Alliant International University
Licensed Clinical Psychologist #PSY26512, California
Areas of Expertise
Area Expertise
Career/Workplace Issues Leadership
Work/Life Balance
Child & Adolescent Development Biological Development
Cognitive Development
Identity Development
Social Development
Social Development
Diversity Community Mental Health
Cultural Issues
Diversity Issues
Immigration/Immigrant Issues
Multicultural Training
Domestic Violence Child Abuse
Sexual Abuse
Marriage & Family Family Therapy
Foster Care
Parental Rights
Mood Disorders Bipolar Disorder
Neuropsychology/Neuroscience Applied Neuroscience
Clinical Neuroscience
PTSD/Trauma Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Sexuality/Gender Issues Gender Identity
Therapeutic/Theoretical Orientation Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
Violence Bullying
School Violence
Professional Skills
Children and Adolescents, Community Based Treatment, Inpatient/Outpatient Psychiatric, Health Psychology, LGBT Youth and Adults