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Jared DeFife, PhD

Assistant Professor
Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Staff Psychologist
Emory Women's Mental Health Program

Staff Psychologist
Emory Transplant Center

Phone: 404-727-2324

Fax: 404-778-2535



Jared DeFife, PhD, is a clinical psychologist specializing in the development and dissemination of evidence-based practice in psychology, an approach aimed at investigating and implementing effective and efficient methods of patient-centered clinical assessment, education, and care. He has expertise in the clinical practice and teaching of focal/brief dynamic, supportive-expressive, and interpersonal psychotherapy approaches.

Dr. DeFife earned his doctoral degree from Adelphi University and completed a clinical fellowship with the Program for Psychotherapy at Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School. He has served as an editorial board member for the journal Psychotherapy and is an associate editor for the Journal of Personality Assessment.

As a psychotherapist with the Emory Women’s Mental Health Program, Dr. DeFife is dedicated to improving the social and emotional well-being of women coping with interpersonal problems or concerns related to health challenges such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), chronic fatigue, menopause, infant loss, or infertility. In his role as staff psychologist with the Emory Transplant Center, Dr. DeFife works with patients and their families throughout stages of the organ transplantation process. He is interested in refining the psychosocial selection process for solid organ transplantation and the relation of social and personality factors to health maintenance, longevity, and wellness.

Dr. DeFife is a frequent public speaker and media commentator on psychological issues. He has been interviewed for numerous television, radio, and social media outlets, and is a regular blog contributor to Psychology Today.