Dr. Jeffrey is a child and adolescent psychiatrist at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. Dr. Jeffrey graduated summa cum laude from UCLA with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in psychobiology with a minor in developmental child psychology. After completing her undergraduate studies, Dr. Jeffrey proceeded to work as an in-home behavior therapist at the Center for Autism and Related Disorders. This work inspired her to attend the University of California at Berkeley and obtain her Master’s Degree in Public Health. While there, Dr. Jeffrey focused on maternal and child health issues and received a Specialization in international health. She is grateful for the rewarding opportunity to work in rural villages in Tanzania, where she focused on maternal mortality issues.
Furthering her career in medicine, Dr. Jeffrey attended the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA where she received her MD and MBA. While in medical school Dr. Jeffrey worked in Bhopal, India, with the survivors of the Union Carbide explosion. Additionally, she spent time in Ghana, where she consulted for HIV/AIDS non-profit organizations in West Africa and traveled to Mozambique in order to expand healthcare services and work with non-profit organizations to assist children orphaned by HIV/AIDS. Dr. Jeffrey served as a consultant to Head Start in Los Angeles, where she helped to develop culturally sensitive, low-literacy health educational materials. She completed her General Psychiatry residency training and child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at UCLA.
Dr. Jeffrey is the Associate Director of the Division of Population Behavioral Health at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. She is also the Lead Child Psychiatrist at UCLA Behavioral Health Associates. Dr. Jeffrey has published articles in the fields of psychiatry and health care systems, spanning topics including integrated behavioral healthcare, anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis, and quality of life in depression. She is the President-Elect of the Southern California Society of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and a member of the Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Health Care Promotion and Prevention Committee. Dr. Jeffrey is interested in systems of health care delivery, quality improvement and family resilience research. She also has a strong interest in advocacy for improved child and adolescent behavioral health.