Jacob Kraemer Tebes PhD

Professor of Psychiatry (Psychology), in the Child Study Center and of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases); Director, Division of Prevention and Community Research, Department of Psychiatry; Director, The Consultation Center; Chief Psychologist, Connecticut Mental Health Center

Departments & Organizations

Junior Faculty Training Program

School of Public Health

Child Study Center

Psychiatry: Connecticut Mental Health Center | Prevention and Community Research, Division of | Stress & Addiction Clinical Research Program | Psychology Section | Women's Behavioral Health Research, Division of


I received my B.S. in Psychology from Georgetown University and my Ph.D. in Clinical/Community Psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo. After completing a predoctoral fellowship at Yale, I joined the faculty of the Psychology Section in the Department of Psychiatry and am located at The Consultation Center. Currently, I serve as the Center’s Director and also as Director of the Department’s Division of Prevention and Community Research. I am also Chief Psychologist for the Connecticut Mental Health Center. My professional activities include research, service, teaching, and administration, much of it centered on issues related to equity and social justice. I consult to public agencies and community-based organizations on the development, implementation, and evaluation of community-based programs and services, and on the use of evaluation data to inform practice and policy. My research focuses on the promotion of resilience in at risk populations, including the prevention of substance use among adolescents; the integration of cultural approaches into practice, research, and policy; prevention and community research methodology; and interdisciplinary team science. I also teach seminars and course sections to pre- and post-doctoral fellows related to my applied and scholarly work in community psychology and clinical psychology on such topics as: prevention research methods, models of prevention, human diversity in clinical/community practice, and clinical methods of child intervention. In addition, I serve as the Program Director of a NIDA-funded postdoctoral training program in substance abuse prevention research. Finally, I serve on the senior leadership team of two Yale education/training programs in interdisciplinary team science for faculty and postdoctoral fellows.


  • B.S., Georgetown University , 1977
  • Ph.D., SUNY at Buffalo , 1984

Selected Publication

  • Tebes, J. K., Thai, N. D., & Matlin, S. L. Twenty-first century science as a relational process: From Eureka! to team science and a place for community psychology. American Journal of Community Psychology, 2014.

Latest Honor and Recognition

  • Research Fellow (1982) , Research Foundation of the State University of New York