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

Biographical Info

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.

Education & Training

Georgetown University (1977)
SUNY at Buffalo (1984)

Honors & Recognition

  • Research Fellow
    Research Foundation of the State University of New York (1982)
  • Fellow
    Society for Community Research & Action (1999)
  • Senior Fellow
    Connecticut Health and Development Institute (2007)
  • Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award
    Department of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine (2008)
  • Distinguished Contribution Award
    New Haven Head Start (1987)
  • Fellow
    American Psychological Association (1999)
  • Sidney J. Blatt Award for Distinguished Contributions to Scholarship, Teaching, and Professional Practice
    Department of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine (2013)

Professional Service

  • Advisory Board,, Member (2007 - pres)
  • National Evaluation of Interdisciplinary Research Consortia,, Expert Advisory Panel (1/1/2009 - 12/31/2012)
  • 111th Conference of the American Psychological Association, Division 27 of the American Psychological Association, Program Chair (2002-03)
  • American Journal of Community Psychology (2010-pres), Editor-in-Chief
  • Executive Committee & Publications Committee (2008-pres), Member
  • W.T. Grant Foundation Review Panel: Distinguished Fellows Program (2009); Community Research Initiatives (2005-06)
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Grant Review Panel on Campus Suicide Prevention (2005-06)

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