Jeff Guardalabene

Jeff Guardalabene
Senior Behavioral Health Case Manager

Dr. Jeff Guardalabene is driven by understanding people’s stories and backgrounds. Prior to receiving his doctorate in clinical psychology, Jeff worked for 13 years as a producer for public television developing national stories for programs, including NOVA, FRONTLINE and the MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour.

Jeff’s interest in interacting with people and unraveling case-file puzzles fuels his enthusiasm as a mental health case manager. In his role, Jeff connects with employees who are out on a disability claim to help them overcome their obstacles and return to work. In addition, he consults with nurses, vocational staff, doctors and analysts to help them understand an employee’s medical records and behavioral health diagnoses.

Jeff has held numerous roles in the behavioral health field; he has worked as a consultant for a disability assessment organization, staff psychologist in a college counseling center, teaching doctoral-level classes at two universities, and as a psychologist in private practice. He received his Bachelor of Psychology from Portland State University, and his master’s and doctorate in clinical psychology from Pacific University’s School of Professional Psychology.

Posts by Jeff Guardalabene

Supporting an employee seeking substance abuse treatment

I have written recently about two difficult and complicated issues facing employers today: alcohol and opioid abuse. The hope is that increased awareness of the issues involved when an employee struggles with substance abuse will increase the chances that he or she can receive treatment and successfully return to their job and a healthy, more […]


The opioid epidemic: what to know to help protect your workforce

In a recent post, I highlighted the ongoing issues that can occur as a result of employees struggling with alcohol abuse. The use and abuse of opioids is another pressing issue in the workplace reaching near-epidemic levels. Opioid use on the rise The numbers around the opioid epidemic are startling. According to the Centers for […]


Addressing alcohol abuse in the workplace

Anyone who has seen the TV series “Mad Men,” or any number of old black and white movies about hard-working newspaper editors or beleaguered police sergeants, is familiar with the concept of the whiskey bottle in the desk. Although it is often glorified as a throwback to a faded era, alcohol abuse by employees is […]

How to prepare your workplace for a traumatic event

The daily news is often full of unthinkable events that impact society on a massive scale. Everyone responds in their own way, but many people do their best to acknowledge the situation and move on, taking some slight comfort in knowing that the latest crisis is across the country, or on the other side of […]

Take a team approach to mental health return-to-work plans

In any year, approximately 7 percent of the American workforce experiences a major depressive disorder.1 Even in the simplest of cases, returning to work after a mental health absence can be challenging due to an infinite number of variables that can interrupt the recovery process, including complex work interactions. As I’ve mentioned previously, helping an […]

Three ways to proactively help employees with mental health conditions

Mental health conditions are an often misunderstood but all-too-real concern for many employers. As I’ve mentioned before, the impacts of an employee with a mental health condition in the workplace can go unrecognized, but employers can play an important role in mitigating or reducing the impacts. As these posts imply, some employers only think about […]

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