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Stories of Leadership: Jeanne Stevenson

A Q&A with SDSU Alumnus, clinical psychologist Jeanne Stevenson.
Jeanne Stevenson
Jeanne Stevenson

Jeanne Stevenson, ’78, is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in private practice since 1991.  Pursuing her doctorate after starting her career in nursing, she obtained her master’s degree from the California School of Professional Psychology and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 1989.  She works primarily with adolescents, but has recently started treating the elderly as well. Her practice includes eating disorders; chemical dependency; depression; adjustment disorders; anger management; stress reduction, smoking cessation; procrastination and time management. She is the founder of the Patient Education Department of Scripps Clinic.

Q. Tell us the highlights of your professional career.  What are your proudest achievements?

After 20 years of being a part-time student, my proudest achievement is that I’ve been in private practice as a psycho-therapist for 22 years.  

Q. What’s your favorite college memory?

My favorite memory of my days at SDSU is that of the people I met and the variety of classes that were available.  SDSU is a great resource for this community.  I also remember that, given my age at the time I was attending, no one questioned my ability because of my age!  That was one of the advantages of attending college later in life.

Q. Who was your favorite professor and/or what was your favorite class?

I truly appreciate the help, encouragement and guidance I received from Professor Yapko.  He taught classes in hypnosis and psycho-therapy and he helped me decide that was the path I wanted to pursue.

Q. If you were to give current SDSU students some advice, what would you say?

Don’t give up!  There’s always a way…figure it out!

Q. What are you currently reading? What’s your favorite book?

I’m currently reading “The Elegance of the Hedgehog.”  I like it because it deals with the important things in life.  I just finished reading the book dealing with the economy, “Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World.”  I enjoy books that take a global view of how things fit together.

Q. What is your passion?

Problem solving.  I help people make their lives richer and more productive.  And that goes beyond their economic and material concerns.

Q. What is your motto?

Don’t waste time; go after what you want now, before it’s too late.  Make the most of the opportunity you have right now.

Q. Which trait do you value most in your friends and colleagues?
I truly value a sense of humor.  Too many people take themselves too seriously.

Q. If you knew you could not fail, what would you attempt?

I’ve already done it.  I’ve gone into private practice, I’m able to pick and choose when and with whom I want to work, and I’m doing what I love.

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