Dr. Jeff Ball, a native of Los Angeles, received his B.A. Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from UCLA, where he published research in developmental disabilities. He received a Masters and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at UCLA, and completed research on both projective processes in marital relationships and an integrative treatment model of bipolar disorder. Dr. Ball trained clinically in a psychoanalytic model focusing on personality and mood disorders, including depression and bipolar disorder. As an Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California, he taught Introductory Psychology, Personality Theory, and Abnormal Psychology, as well as Graduate level courses in Assessment, Psychopathology and Psychoanalysis. He has been on the UCLA Faculty for many years as an Assistant Clinical Professor in the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, where he provides consultation and supervision to psychology interns and teaches courses at UCLA Extension. He also has taught graduate level courses on psychopathology, psychological assessment, psychoanalysis, as well as law and ethics in psychology.
In the 1990’s, Dr. Ball became a senior therapist in a clinical research project studying family therapy and medication management in the treatment of Bipolar disorder conducted by Dr. Michael Goldstein and Dr. David Miklowitz. The protocols of these clinically effective studies have formed a foundation in Dr. Ball’s treatment of bipolar patients. In 1991, Dr. Ball accepted a joint academic position with the UCLA School of Medicine and the West Los Angeles Veterans Hospital where he served as the chief psychologist in a Nursing Home setting, and trained interns in psychotherapy. During this time Dr. Ball presented the Intern Psychotherapy Seminar, which focused on psychoanalytic and systems models of psychotherapy. Dr. Ball left the VA in 2005.
In June of 2005, Dr. Ball started as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist at Bridges to Recovery, a residential center specializing in treatment of psychological disorders. After a few months he was appointed Clinical Director and subsequently Executive Director. In this capacity, after hiring an entirely new clinical staff, he had created a successful model of outpatient residential treatment. Dr. Ball left Bridges to Recovery in early 2009 with the goal of creating a clinically managed and more affordable program. In September of 2009 he co-founded PCH Treatment Center, in which he has assumed the role of Executive Director. Dr. Ball’s contacts in the academic and treatment community have afforded him the opportunity to attract the top talent in the field. He also has a reputation in the community for being extremely ethical as well as highly skilled, both as a clinician and a consultant and supervisor.