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; Program Director, NIDA T32 Postdoctoral Research Training Program in Substance Abuse Prevention

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

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Jacob Kraemer Tebes is Professor of Psychiatry (Psychology), in the Child Study Center, and in Public Health at Yale University School of Medicine, and Director of the Division of Prevention and Community Research in the Department of Psychiatry and Executive Director of The Consultation Center. Dr. Tebes also serves as Chief Psychologist at the Connecticut Mental Health Center, and is Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Community Psychology. He received his B.S. in Psychology from Georgetown University and his Ph.D. in Clinical/Community Psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo. After completing a doctoral fellowship at Yale, he joined the faculty in the Department of Psychiatry. His professional activities include research, service, teaching, and administration, much of it centered on issues related to equity and social justice. His scholarship focuses on the promotion of resilience in at risk populations; the prevention of adolescent substance use; the integration of cultural approaches into practice, research, and policy; philosophy of science and its implications for community research methodology; and interdisciplinary team science. He also consults 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. In addition, he teaches or has taught postdoctoral and doctoral fellows in community and clinical psychology and in prevention science, on such topics as: prevention research methods, models of prevention, human diversity in clinical/community practice, clinical methods of child intervention, and professional development. Finally, he serves as the Program Director of a NIDA T32 postdoctoral research training program in substance abuse prevention, and on the leadership team of Yale education/training programs in interdisciplinary team science for faculty and postdoctoral fellows.

Education & Training

PhD SUNY at Buffalo (1984)
BS Georgetown University, Psychology, Magna Cum Laude & Phi Beta Kappa (1977)

Honors & Recognition

  • Distinguished Contributions to Theory and Research in Community PsychologySociety for Community Research & Action: Division 27 of the American Psychological Association (2015)

  • Sidney J. Blatt Award for Distinguished Contributions to Scholarship, Teaching, and Professional PracticeDepartment of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine (2013)

  • Distinguished Faculty Teaching AwardDepartment of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine (2008)

  • Senior FellowConnecticut Health and Development Institute (2007)

  • FellowAmerican Psychological Association & the Society for Community Research and Action (1999)

  • Distinguished Contribution AwardNew Haven Head Start (1987)

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

Professional Service

  • Chief Psychologist, Connecticut Mental Health Center (2011-present) (2011)

  • Member, Department of Psychiatry, Administrative Task Force, Yale University School of Medicine (2009-pres) (2009)

  • Program Chair, SCRA: Div 27 of APA, 111th APA Conference (2002-03)

  • Editor-in-Chief, American Journal of Community Psychology, SCRA: Division 27 of the American Psychological Association (2010-pres)

  • Evaluation Consultant and Trainer, Building Agency Capacity in Program Evaluation, Scattergood Foundation, Philadelphia, PA (2011-present)

  • Evaluation Consultant, Mayor’s Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity, Philadelphia Food Access Collaborative, Philadelphia, PA (2013-present)

  • Lead Consultant and Trainer, Culture & Diversity Initiative, New Haven Police Department, New Haven, CT (2013-present)

  • Expert Advisory Panel, National Evaluation of NIH Interdisciplinary Research Consortia, NIH Office of Science and Policy Analysis (2009-2013)

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Jacob Kraemer Tebes, PhD
Office Location
389 Whitney Avenue
New Haven, CT 06511
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Jacob K TebesYale Division of Prevention & Community Research and The Consultation Center
389 Whitney Avenue

New Haven, CT 06511-