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

Mental health setbacks: A hidden side effect of chronic health conditions

One of your employees, Fred, is now back at work — two months after having a heart attack. You’re thrilled that Fred is healthy and planning on returning to work. You’ve reached out to ensure his return is successful by talking with him about how he is feeling, discussing his medical restrictions or limitations, and […]

Four ways to help employees with anxiety disorders

As I’ve mentioned in the past, depression can have a significant impact in the workplace, including procrastination and missed deadlines, difficulties with memory and learning, and much more. Often overlooked in discussions about depression in the workplace is that anxiety can be a related factor. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, nearly […]

Three traits of happy, productive employees

Not long ago, happy employees were seen as a pleasant — but not essential — byproduct of a productive, optimally functioning workplace. Today, research in positive psychology shows us employee perceptions of their well-being and satisfaction are essential to workplace productivity and employee retention.

Watch for signs of employee depression

Employees in the United States who have been diagnosed with depression at some point in their lives contribute to upward of 68 million missed workdays each year.1 The natural course of most depressive illnesses is more of a gradual decrease than a sudden drop. An employee could work for weeks, months — or in some […]

How to help an employee return to work after a depressive episode

I’ve previously written about how employees can often work through depression and what an employer can keep an eye out for in regard to signs and symptoms. But what can an employer do if an employee has gone on a disability leave to seek treatment for a serious bout of depression?


Making the work day matter: Positive psychology and your employees

The business world is awash in buzzwords that evoke aggression. “Cutthroat competition.” “Going to war.” Today’s employees often feel they must prepare for battle before they grab their morning coffee. In some cases, employees might feel helpless, making work a struggle and robbing the workplace of any sense of enjoyment. Understandably, productivity can suffer when this happens.

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