Kristen Jezior is a sixth-year doctoral candidate in the Clinical Psychology program at UCLA and a Clinical Psychology Intern at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. She received her B.A. in Psychology at the University of Chicago in 2010 and worked at City Year San José prior to graduate school.
Kristen’s research utilizes developmental psychopathology perspectives to understand the development of antisocial behavior. Her dissertation is examining prospective outcomes among individuals with oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) using meta-analytic methods. Additionally, her dissertation examines the validity of putative ODD dimensions while accounting for temperament and comorbid psychopathology, as well as mechanisms underlying the development from putative ODD dimensions to prospective antisocial behavior. Kristen is also interested in intervention and implementation research that considers policy perspectives to increase school-based mental health services for underserved youth.
Clinically, Kristen has experience delivering evidence-based and culturally-sensitive treatments to youth in diverse settings. As a Semel Institute General Child Track Intern, she will provide treatment at multiple levels of care – weekly outpatient, intensive outpatient, partial hospitalization, and inpatient services. She also provides consultation-liaison services in Adolescent Medicine and Pediatrics departments. She has previous experience delivering evidence-based treatments in a range of school-based, community mental health, and medical center settings, such as schools in Chicago and Los Angeles, the Harbor-UCLA Child and Adolescent Trauma Clinic, the UCLA Child OCD Intensive Outpatient Program, and the UCLA Child, OCD, Anxiety, and Tic Disorders Program. Additionally, she has experience conducting psychodiagnostic and psychoeducational assessments.