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Jacqueline N. Guajardo, M.A., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Family Medicine
Director of Behavioral Health, Family Medicine Center at Asylum Hill
Academic Office Location:
Family Medicine Center at Asylum Hill
99 Woodland Street
Hartford, CT 06105
Phone: 860-714-6522
Fax: 860-714-8079
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Dr. Jacqueline Guajardo is a licensed clinical psychologist. She holds a doctorate in clinical psychology from the City University of New York and a Master of Arts in forensic psychology from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Dr. Guajardo completed her graduate fellowships at the Bellevue Hospital and Medical Center Forensic Unit in New York City, the Counseling Services Unit of the Kings County District Attorney's Office in Brooklyn, NY, and the Project Second Try Program for Juvenile Sex Offenders of the Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY.

For more than a decade, Dr. Guajardo has provided mental health treatment, clinical and forensic evaluation services for children, families and adults. Since coming to Connecticut in 2008, Dr. Guajardo has served as a both clinical and consulting psychologist for the Connecticut State Department of Children and Families, where she provided clinical consultation and training to the Department's Girls Services Unit and Human Anti-Trafficking Response Team. Dr. Guajardo has also served as a practicing staff psychologist and faculty member for the Albert J. Solnit Center South Campus, Connecticut's only state-run psychiatric hospital for children. Dr. Guajardo has also served as Chief Psychologist and Director of Juvenile Justice Intermediate Evaluations for the Village for Families and Children in Hartford.

Prior to relocating to Connecticut in 2008, Dr. Guajardo served as the clinical coordinator for the FEMA-SAMHSA funded, Child and Adolescent Trauma Treatment Services Program (CATS) for children and families affected by the September 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center, where she was among the first to introduce and modify evidenced based trauma-focused therapies to meet the needs of inner city ethnic and linguistic minority children and communities. 

Dr. Guajardo's clinical specialties and research interests include the integration of psychotherapy and complimentary alternative medical practices; multi-cultural assessment and treatment of severe mental illness, assessment and treatment of self-injury, child sexual abuse, domestic minor sex trafficking, domestic homicide, traumatic grief and loss; development of best practices for gay, lesbian and transgender mental health services; assessment and development of community approaches to reduce ethnic and racial disparities in the mental health and criminal justice systems.

Education
DegreeInstitutionMajor
B.A.University of California, San Diego (Revelle College)Communications
M.A.John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New YorkForensic Psychology
Ph.D.City College of the City University of New YorkClinical Psychology

Awards
Name of Award/HonorAwarding Organization
I.H. Paul Outstanding Dissertation Award (co-recipient)City College of the City University of New York
FAR Fund Dissertation Fellowship Award for Excellence in Research with Implications to Affect Social PolicyCity College of the City University of New York

Diversity
Trauma
Intimate partner violence
Human trafficking
Treatment of serious mental illness
Depression
Anxiety
Gender-informed care
Psychological, personality, psychosexual and autism evaluations
Child and adolescent psychology

Trauma and resiliency in ethnic minority populations

Title or AbstractTypeSponsor/EventDate/YearLocation
Sexuality and Sexual Behaviors as Developmental Processes.LectureUniversity of Connecticut Adoption Assistance Center2016Klingeberg Family Services, New Britain, CT
Girls and Relational AggressionLectureUniversity of Connecticut Adoption Assistance Center2016Klingeberg Family Services, New Britain CT
CT Models for Change to Reduce Disproportionate Minority Contact Youth Law Enforcement Curriculum. Module on Adolescent Development, Trauma and Mental Health.OtherCenter for Children's Advocacy2016Sports and Medical Sciences Academy, Hartford, CT
Youth Mental Health First AidOtherConnecticut Department of Children and Families2016DCF Central Office, Hartford, CT
“Crying after the sun goes down”: Caring for Karen families using cultural case formulation of integrated medical, behavioral, and complementary and alternative medicine in primary careLectureCollaborative Family Healthcare Association201618thAnnual Conference, Charlotte, NC