Contact Information
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Jeanelle Folbrecht, Ph.D.
  • Associate Clinical Professor
  • Interim Director of Psychology
  • Neuropsychologist



Jeanelle Folbrecht, Ph.D. is Interim Director of Psychology, Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology, and Neuropsychologist in the Department of Supportive Care Medicine.
Dr. Folbrecht received her PhD degree from Fuller Graduate School of Psychology in 1995, and then completed a post doctoral fellowship at Long Beach Veterans Hospital, where she accomplished research in stroke rehabilitation. She was appointed a clinical assistant professor at Fuller Graduate School of Psychology in 1999.  Dr. Folbrecht first worked at the City of Hope between 1996 and 2003 as a clinical psychologist in the Department of Pediatrics. She developed and supervised the neuropsychology program during that time, while also developing a clinical program to improve the cognitive functioning of children with sickle cell disease. Thereafter, she served as a consultant at COH from 2003 to 2005, supervising the art therapy program. In 2005, Dr. Folbrecht moved to the Netherlands, where she performed staff care, coordinated human resources, and worked with teams on team building and conflict resolution at Christian Associates International, a non-profit organization with staff in the major cities of Europe.  Jeanelle returned to the US in 2009, and has most recently been employed as an adjunct professor in the department of psychology at Azusa Pacific University, teaching applied statistics and group process. 
Dr. Folbrecht serves our pediatric patients as a clinical psychologist.

Professional Experience

2010 – Present, City of Hope, Duarte, Ca. 
Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Supportive Care Medicine.
  • Interim Chief of Psychology in the Division of Supportive Care Medicine (2011 to present).
  • Fulfilling duties of Interim Chair of the Department of Supportive Care Medicine (2011 to 2013) including Staff Reviews, participation in Committee of Chairs and Medical Group Board Meetings.
  • Director of Training, Division of Psychology (2011  to present).  Oversee training and supervision in Practicum and Post-Doctoral Psychology Training Programs.
2009 - 2010, Azusa Pacific University (APU), Azusa, Ca. 
Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychology.
2005 - 2009 Christian Associates International (CAI), Den Hague, Netherlands. 
  • Coordinated Human Resources and provided staff care (counseling, training, assessment services) to non-profit organization with staff in the major cities of Europe.
2003 - 2005 City of Hope National Medical Center, Duarte, Ca. 
  • Consultant providing supervision of M.A. level art therapist.
1996 – 2003 City of Hope National Medical Center, Duarte, Ca. 
  • 2001 – 2003, Coordinator of Neuropsychological Services
  • 2000 – 2001, Staff Neuropsychologist
  • 1998 – 2000, Staff Psychologist
  • 1996 – 1998, Psychological Assistant


  • 1995 – 1996, Veterans Administration Medical Center, Long Beach, Ca. Neuropsychology Post-Doctoral Fellowship.  Neuropsychological consultation to Rehabilitation Medicine team, rehabilitation with right hemisphere stroke patients, and neuropsychological research.
  • 1995, Fuller Graduate School of Psychology, Pasadena, Ca. Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology.  Concentration in assessment, neuropsychology, statistics, and social psychology.
  • 1988, Covenant College, Lookout Mountain, Ga. Bachelor of Arts in Clinical and Experimental Psychology.
  • 1998 Clinical Psychologist, California (Active).  License # PSY 15535
  • 1995 – 1996, Veterans Administration Medical Center, Long Beach, Ca.  Neuropsychology Post Doctoral Fellowship in neuropsychological assessment rehabilitation and research.
  • 1994 - 1995, Veterans Administration Medical Center, Dallas, Tx. APA Approved Internship. Received training and supervision in the areas of neuropsychology, behavioral medicine, inpatient psychiatry, post-traumatic stress disorder, and treatment of chemical addictions.
  • 1993 - 1994, Fuller Psychological and Family Services, Pasadena, Ca.  Psychological assessment and individual counseling with adults. 
  • 1992 - 1993, City of Hope National Medical Center, Duarte, Ca. Assessment and intervention with children in pediatric hematology/oncology and diabetes programs.
  • 1991 - 1992, Glendora Counseling Center, Glendora, Ca. Provision of psychological services, both counseling and psycho-educational assessment to adolescents in school setting. 
  • 1990 - 1991, Pacific Clinics, Pasadena, Ca. Group treatment and assessment with mentally disabled adults.


Grants Received
  • 2011, Lance Armstrong Foundation.   One of the principle facilitators on grant awarded to City of Hope to run Cancer Transitions, a clinical program for patients transitioning off treatment.   Total grand value $4,000.
  • 2010, Co-Investigator on St. Baldrick’s funded research:  A Feasibility Study Using Touchscreen Technology in the Adolescent and Young Adult Population.  PI:  Jonathan Espenschied, MD.  Co-PI:  Julie Wolfson, MD.  Grant total value:  $50,000. 
  • 1997, Hematology/Oncology Program for Education and Support.  Folbrecht, J.R., McAllister, R., Ewing, N.   Clinical program to improve the cognitive functioning in children with Sickle Cell Disease through neuropsychological assessment and therapeutic, behavioral, and school interventions.
  •   2012 – Present, Principal Investigator. Pilot study of Psycho-educational group for young adults (YA) on treatment:  Impact on knowledge, distress, and satisfaction. Research IRB approved and currently accruing subjects. 
  •   2010 – Present, Collaborating Investigator with Jonathan Espenschied, MD, and Julie Wolfson, MD (Principal Investigators). A feasibility study using touchscreen technology in the adolescent and young adult.  Research funded through St. Baldrick's Foundation.
  • 1995  – 1996, Neuropsychology Research. Investigated the effectiveness of a computer assisted training program on the rehabilitation of right hemisphere stroke patients with left hemispatial neglect.  Also researched the sensitivity of neuropsychological measures to hemispatial neglect.
  • 1992 – 1996, Behavioral Medicine Research.  Examining the effectiveness of a behavioral group treatment in the management of adolescents with diabetes.
  • 1992 – 1993, Behavioral Medicine Research.  Investigated the effects of a self-esteem intervention upon girls with Turner’s Syndrome.


  • Folbrecht, J. R., Charter, R. A., Walden, D. K., & Dobbs, S. M.  (1999).  Psychometric properties of the Boston Qualitative Scoring System for the Rey Osterreith Complex Figure.  The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 13, 442-449.
  • Watson, P. J., Morris, R. J., Hood, R. W., & Folbrecht, J. (1991).  Dependency, "irrationality," and community.  Journal of Psychology and Theology, 18, 334-347.
  • Watson, P. J., Folbrecht, J., Morris, R. J., & Hood, R. W. (1991).  Values, "irrationality," and religiosity.  Journal of Psychology and Theology, 18, 348-362.

Awards and Memberships

  • 2011, Society for Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology
  • 2010, American Psychological Association
  • 2010, International Psycho-Oncology Society
  • 2010, American Psycho-Oncology Society
  • 1998, National Academy of Neuropsychology
  • 1994, Lee Travis Award for excellence in a research paper.
  • 1988 – 1989, Founder and President of Psi Chi, National Honor Society in Psychology, Covenant College, Lookout Mountain, Tn.