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Jacqueline Fahey

Assistant Professor/Program Director
Jacqueline Fahey

Jacqueline Fahey, Psy.D., IFECMHS, is an Assistant Professor and the Program Director in the PsyD program at the Sacramento Campus. She has been with the Sacramento campus as a faculty member since 2021 and is a proud alumni of the Sacramento program as well. Dr. Fahey completed her APA-accredited internship with a community mental health agency, Family Service and Guidance Center, in Topeka, Kansas. She then completed her post-doctoral fellowship at the UC Davis Dept. of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences in the Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Services (CAPS) Clinic in Sacramento, California. She has previously held positions with Job Corps - Sacramento, the Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), Veterans Affairs (Mather), California State Prison – Sacramento, in addition to holding contracts doing psychological assessments to determine Social Security benefits as well as diagnostic/treatment recommendations for children/adolescents/young adults in Sutter County. Dr. Fahey is a graduate of the UC Davis Napa Infant-Parent Mental Health Fellowship and is certified as an Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist in the state of California.

When not working, Dr. Fahey is an avid reader, passionate gardener, novice poet and photographer, and loves being with her family. 

Professional Interests

Dr. Fahey has participated in numerous research projects and teams; however, her primary research interest is in the field of health psychology. Dr. Fahey has been completing research in this field since her undergraduate career. In 2016, Dr. Fahey traveled with fellow graduate students to rural villages in Vietnam to examine the impact of introducing health behavior change on the rates of parasitic disease. She then completed an additional qualitative research study that reviewed the impact of completing international research on graduate students' professional development. She currently has a research lab led by students that is exploring a variety of health-related topics, including perinatal/postpartum mental health. In addition to her research experience, she has extensive training in working with children ages 0-5, Play Therapy, Sandtray Therapy, trauma treatment (TF-CBT, CPT, etc.), Motivational Interviewing, and Exposure and Response Prevention for anxiety disorders. She is also passionate about teaching, supervision, the professional development of graduate students, and social justice. 

Education and Certifications
  • IFECMHS from the California Center for Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health, California (2023)
  • Psy.D. from California School Professional Psychology, Sacramento (2019)
  • M.A. from California School Professional Psychology, Sacramento (2017)
  • B.S. from Santa Clara University (2014)
  • Advanced Psychopathology 
  • Introduction to Psychotherapy
  • Four-Course Dissertation Sequence
  • Group Practicum Consultation
  • Education, Consultation, and Advocacy 
  • Lifespan/Human Development
Scholarship and Contributions to the Field
  • Fahey, J. E. (2018). The Impact of the Mother-Son Relationship on Expressions of Aggression in Young Adulthood (Doctoral dissertation). CSPP at Alliant International University, Sacramento, CA. Defended Spring 2018.
  • Plante, T. G., Opezzo, M. A., Diaz, L. A., Pistoresi, S., Santos, M., Fahey, J. E., Kay, E., Britton, B., & Khan, S. (2014). "The Influence of Exercise Environment and Gender on Mood and Exertion." International Journal of Exercise Science, 7(3), 220-227.



  • Fahey, J., Swanson, S., & Petersen, S. (2017, August). Imagine the Possibilities: The Impact of Conducting International Research. Poster session presented at the meeting of the American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C.
  • Burns, J., Swanson, S., Lor, M., Schlinger, J., Pasha, S., Galvez, V., Fahey, J., Schumacher, J., Nicholson, V., Bobb, K., Baity, M. (2017, March). The Use of the Ego-Resiliency Scale (ER89-R) in Measuring Resiliency Among Combat Veterans. Poster session presented at the meeting of the Society for Personality Assessment, San Francisco, California.
  • Kay, E., Plante, T. G. Santos, M., Diaz, L., Lara, M., Britton, B., Moreno, P. E., Khan, S., Sia, M., & Fahey, J. (2013, March). The influence of gender, narcissism, and fitness environment on exercise exertion and mood. Paper session presented at the meeting of the Western Psychological Association, San Francisco, California.