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.