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Jennifer Davidtz

Assistant professor




  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 2007
  • M.S., Clinical Psychology, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 2004
  • B.A., Psychology, English, North-West University, 1994
  • B.A., Psychology, California State University, Northridge, 1998


Jennifer Davidtz completed her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst where she conducted qualitative research on psychotherapy, with a particular emphasis on the process of treatment selection and countertransference. She completed her internship in the Adult Psychiatry Track at The Cambridge Hospital/Harvard Medical School and a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Prior to coming to Argosy, she was employed as a Research Psychologist at the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center, where she worked on a study comparing CBT and supportive psychotherapy for psychosis. Dr. Davidtz’s interests include the treatment of personality disorders, eating disorders, severe mental illness, and complex trauma, as well as psychotherapy process and related phenomena, particularly countertransference.


  • Countertransference and Countertransference Management
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Complex Trauma
  • Severe and Persistent Mental Illness

Selected Publications

  • Davidtz, J. (2007). Psychotherapy with difficult patients: Personal narratives about managing countertransference. Interdisciplinary Dissertations and Theses. University of Massachusetts Amherst.


  • American Psychological Association, Graduate Student Affiliate, 2002 – 2008; Member, 2008 – present
  • Society for Psychotherapy Research, Member, 2003 – present
  • Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration, Member, 2004 – present


  • Davidtz, J. (2011, February). Psychotherapy with difficult patients: Personal narratives about managing countertransference. Original paper presented at Countertransference Symposium, Argosy University, Orange, CA.
  • Davidtz, J. (2009, August). Dialectical Behavior Therapy: An Introduction. Invited in-service presentation to psychology interns and fellows, Department of Psychiatry, VA Long Beach Healthcare System.
  • Davidtz, J. (2009, July). Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy of Anxiety Disorders. Presented to members of the Epilepsy Alliance of Orange County, Orange, CA.
  • Glynn, S.M., Marder, S.R., Gilbert, E.A., Mueser, K.T., Kingdon, D.K., Kern, R.S., Penn, D.L., Lui, A., Davidtz, J., & Magaro, M. (2009, May). Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Veterans with Schizophrenia: Overview of Study Design. Poster presented at the 10th annual CBT for Psychosis Conference hosted by Aaron T. Beck, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Davidtz, J., Arns, P.G., & McFarr, L.M. (2008, November). Toward Operationalizing Fidelity to the Case Consultation Team Model: A Process Evaluation of Four Dialectical Behavior Therapy Programs. Poster presented at the ISITDBT Annual Convention, Orlando, Florida.

Selected Lectures

  • Davidtz, J. & McFarr, L. (2008, August). Dialectical behavior therapy on inpatient units: Suggestions for preventing staff “splitting.” Invited in-service presentation, VA Long Beach Healthcare System.
  • Furst, B. (Discussant), Barioni, R., Davidtz, J., Del-Pan, N., Marcus, M., & Quinn, J. (2008, July). Invited panelist representing Psychology at multidisciplinary Psychiatry inpatient case conference, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.