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Jessica Valenzuela, Ph.D., ABPP, ABCCA

Jessica Valenzuela
Associate Professor
Full-Time Faculty, Department of Clinical and School Psychology
(954) 262-5737
Office: Maltz 1028


  • Ph.D. University of Miami
  • M.S. University of Miami
  • B.S. University of Florida

Professional Interests

Dr. Jessica Valenzuela is a faculty member at Nova Southeastern University’s College of Psychology, the coordinator for Clinical Health Psychology in the College’s clinical doctoral programs, and the Director of Pediatric Psychology Services in the Salah Foundation Children’s Hospital Comprehensive Pediatric Diabetes Center and Multidisciplinary Pediatric Obesity Clinic.

Dr. Valenzuela’s research focuses on improving outcomes for underserved youth diagnosed with chronic illness including type 1 diabetes, obesity, type 2 diabetes, sickle cell disease and HIV. Specifically, her interests include examining racial/ethnic pediatric health disparities, challenges in transitioning to adult care, family participation in care and shared decision-making, and community-based participatory models of research. Dr. Valenzuela’s community partnerships focus on consultation to develop and expand community health promotion programs, increase the cultural competency of providers, and improve the quality of care to children and families.

A few highlights about her recent work include:
  • Trained with the Rome Foundation GastroPsych Pediatric Clinical Case Serie.
  • Invited by the pediatric gastroenterologist to join NASPGHAN (North American Society For Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition) as a “Pediatric Clinical Affiliate”.
  • Is currently working with the Boston Children’s Hospital series that focuses on mental health providers new to providing psychological treatments for peds GI patients.
  • In 2023, was invited to present to all Broward County Public School nurses about psychosocial issues impacting youth with diabetes.

Dr. Valenzuela also serves as the co-chair of the university's Belonging, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Advisory Council.

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