Jessica M. Bernacki, PhD

Jessica M. Bernacki, PhD

  • Pediatric Psychology
Santa Monica 16th Street Internal Medicine & Pediatrics | 1245 16th Street, Suite 125, Santa Monica, CA 90404


Dr. Jessica Bernacki is a licensed clinical psychologist who joined the Department of Medicine in 2013. She completed her doctoral training at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, her pre-doctoral internship in the UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, and her postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Dr. Bernacki is the UCLA Gender Health Program Director of Behavioral Health and was the founding psychologist in 2016. She provides consultation, assessment, and therapy to gender-diverse individuals of all ages. Her clinical interests include multidisciplinary gender-affirmative care with trans/gender-diverse youth, youth with differences in sex development/intersex traits, and providing evidence-based services in primary care settings. 

In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Bernacki has been involved in several UCLA training programs, including the Combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Residency Program, the DGSOM's Early Authentic Clinical Experience (EACE) in LGBTQ+ healthcare, and the LGBTQ+ Healthcare Fellowship.





Clinical Psychology, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, David Geffen School of Medicine, 2012


PhD, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2012


Hospital Affiliations

UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center

Medical Services

Areas of Focus


The Role of Behavioral Health in Gender Affirming Care


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