About Jared DeFife, Ph.D.

Professional Bio

Jared DeFife, PhD, is a clinical psychologist with a private practice serving Brookhaven, Buckhead, and the greater Atlanta area. He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor teaching and supervising in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory University School of Medicine.

Dr. DeFife specializes in effective personality-focused psychotherapy treatment for people with emotional intensity and difficult relationship concerns related to adult ADHD, Borderline Personality Disorder, and chronic anxiety and depression.

After Dr. DeFife completed his doctorate at Adelphi University and an advanced clinical fellowship in psychotherapy at Harvard Medical School, he came to Emory University as a clinical research scientist contributing to federally funded research projects on personality disorder assessment. Before breaking from a traditional academic career track to enable him to focus more exclusively on his loves of clinical work, teaching, and raising a family, he worked clinically with the Emory Transplant Center and Emory Women’s Mental Health Program, and led developments in psychiatry resident psychotherapy training.

Dr. DeFife has published widely in professional journals and served as an editorial board member for Psychotherapy and the Journal of Personality Assessment. He has been a frequent media commentator for numerous television, radio, and social media outlets including the BBC World News, Psychotherapy Networker, Yahoo Health, Self, Bustle, Women’s Health and Men’s Health magazines, The Huffington Post and Atlanta’s own Sidewalk Radio. He is a regular blog contributor to Psychology Today.


About Courtney Abraham

Courtney is the Care Coordinator for Jared DeFife’s office. She handles office administration, manages email, and helps our clients get scheduled in a timely fashion. With over a decade of experience in administration and caring for people, Courtney is also a passionate advocate for mental health. She’s currently working on a Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.

One of her favorite quotes comes from civil rights activist and leader, Howard Thurman:

Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.

When not working or studying, Courtney enjoys spending time with her husband, family, and friends. She also loves to travel and listen to podcasts and Audiobooks.