Dr. Jeffrey is a child and adolescent psychiatrist at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. She completed her undergraduate education at UCLA, where she graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in psychobiology and minor in developmental child psychology. After completing her undergraduate studies, Dr. Jeffrey obtained her Master’s Degree in Public Health at UC Berkeley. Her work at UC Berkeley focused on maternal and child health issues and she received a specialization in international health. Her research interests focused on maternal health issues in Tanzania.
Following training in public health, Dr. Jeffrey attended UCLA where she received her MD and MBA. While in medical school, Dr. Jeffrey spent a summer working 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 where she worked to expand healthcare services and aid non-profit organizations that assist children orphaned by HIV/AIDS. Dr. Jeffrey was a consultant to Head Start in Los Angeles, where she worked with this organization to develop culturally sensitive health educational materials.
Dr. Jeffrey completed general psychiatry residency training and child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at UCLA. She has published several articles in the fields of psychiatry and academic medicine, spanning topics including anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis, quality of life in depression, use of dopaminergic agents as treatments for major depressive disorder, quality improvement and integrated behavioral healthcare. Dr. Jeffrey is the Associate Director of the Division of Population Behavioral Health at UCLA. She also serves as the Vice President of the California Academy Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Executive Committee and is a member of the Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Health Care Promotion and Prevention Committee. Her passions include advocacy for child and adolescent mental health, systems of healthcare delivery, promotion of family resilience and quality improvement.