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Jacob 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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Jacob Tebes, PhD

Office Location

Mailing Address

  • Psychiatry

    Yale Division of Prevention & Community Research and The Consultation Center, 389 Whitney Avenue

    New Haven, CT, 06511-

    United States



Jacob Kraemer Tebes is Professor of Psychiatry (Psychology) and in the Child Study Center, Yale School of Medicine, and Professor of Epidemiology (Social and Behavioral Sciences), Yale School of Public Health. He is also Director of the Division of Prevention and Community Research in the Department of Psychiatry, Executive Director of The Consultation Center, and Chief Psychologist at the Connecticut Mental Health Center. 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, social justice, and systemic oppression. His research focuses on the promotion of resilience in at risk populations, usually through school- or community trauma-informed interventions, and on the prevention of adolescent substance use. His scholarly work also has focused on incorporating equity, social justice, and anti-oppressive principles into research; community research methodology; program evaluation; philosophy of science; and team science. His research has been funded by NIH, SAMHSA, ACF, state and municipal agencies, and private foundations. Dr. Tebes also consults to public agencies (federal, state, municipal), community-based organizations, and schools on the development, implementation, and evaluation of programs and services, and on the use of data to inform practice, organizational performance, and policy. He teaches or has taught postdoctoral and doctoral fellows in community and clinical psychology and in prevention science in seminars on: research methods, models of prevention, human diversity and multiculturalism, clinical methods of child intervention, and professional development. He is Program Director of a NIDA T32 postdoctoral research training program in substance abuse prevention, and has served on the leadership team of Yale training programs in interdisciplinary team science for faculty and postdoctoral fellows. He is the former Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Community Psychology.

Education & Training

  • PhD
    SUNY at Buffalo (1984)
  • BS
    Georgetown University, Psychology, Magna Cum Laude & Phi Beta Kappa (1977)
  • Predoctoral Fellowship in Clinical/Community Psychology
    Yale University School of Medicine

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Distinguished Contributions to Theory and Research in Community PsychologySociety for Community Research & Action: Division 27 of the American Psychological Association2015
Sidney J. Blatt Award for Distinguished Contributions to Scholarship, Teaching, and Professional PracticeDepartment of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine2013
Distinguished Faculty Teaching AwardDepartment of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine2008
Senior FellowConnecticut Health and Development Institute2007
FellowAmerican Psychological Association & the Society for Community Research and Action1999
Distinguished Contribution AwardNew Haven Head Start1987
Research FellowResearch Foundation of the State University of New York1982

Professional Service

Chief Psychologist, Connecticut Mental Health Center (2011-present)2011 - Present
American Journal of Community PsychologyEditor-in-Chief2010 - 2017
Department of PsychiatryMember, Administrative Task Force, Yale University School of Medicine (2009-2016)2009 - 2016
Program Chair, SCRA: Div 27 of APA, 111th APA Conference (2002-03)
Expert Advisory Panel, National Evaluation of NIH Interdisciplinary Research Consortia, NIH Office of Science and Policy Analysis (2009-2013)

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