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Jessica Hughes

Title(s)Assistant Clinical Professor, Psychiatry
SchoolHealth Sciences
Phone858-249-1784
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    San Diego VAMC, CA08/2018Postdoctoral Fellowship
    University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TNPh.D.08/2017Clinical Psychology
    Philadelphia VAMC, PA08/2017Internship in Clinical Psychology
    Cherokee Health Systems, TN05/2016Clinical Training
    University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TNM.A.08/2014Clinical Psychology
    University of Miami, FLB.A.05/2009Psychology

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    Jessica A. Hughes, PhD
    Clinical Psychologist
    Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

    Dr. Hughes earned her doctorate from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in Clinical Psychology. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center Psychology Internship Program in Philadelphia, PA, and her post-doctoral fellowship at the San Diego VA Medical Center/UCSD Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Residency Program. She joined the UCSD Health Sciences faculty in the Department of Psychiatry in March 2019. She also serves as a Faculty Psychologist in the General Psychiatry Program.

    She is a licensed clinical psychologist who treats adults with a variety of mental health issues in the general psychiatry program, such as depression, anxiety, and trauma. Dr. Hughes also specializes in couple therapy and treats relationship difficulties such as infidelity and trust, communication, intimacy, and the impact of individual mental health on relationships. Dr. Hughes uses evidence-based treatments to treat individuals and couples.

    She has experience with diverse patient populations of different ages and ethnic backgrounds, comorbid conditions, symptom severity, and military experiences.

    She has training in delivering crisis and solution-oriented, evidence-based treatments for a variety of conditions, including:
    • PTSD using cognitive processing therapy and prolonged exposure therapy
    • Anxiety and depression using cognitive behavioral therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy
    • Couple/marital difficulties using integrative behavioral couple therapy and emotion focused couple therapy

    Her research interests are in needs assessment and program development with the aim of improving access to patient-centered, evidence-based mental health treatment. She is also interested in investigating the impact of mental health on romantic relationships.

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