Jean Hoyer McPhee, PhD

Clinical Psychologist – Founder, SMART Performance®jmcphee_circle


Dr. McPhee’s training and experience as a psychologist, former teacher and parent, shape her broad understanding of cognitive, emotional and situational factors which impact student performance.  Dr. McPhee helps students navigate the academic challenges of the 21st century with diagnostic assessments and strategies to promote health and success.

As a psychology major at Stanford University, Dr. McPhee was trained at the Bing Nursery School to recognize early signs of cognitive development, creativity and learning style. She loved her first career as an elementary school teacher, teaching traditional classes as well as students with special learning needs. While parenting full-time and actively volunteering for youth in her community, Dr. McPhee “re-entered” graduate school, earning her PhD in clinical psychology while conducting research on adolescent peer influence.

Years after establishing her psychology practice in La Jolla, CA, Dr. McPhee became increasingly concerned about the noticeable, harmful effects of stress on her clients. Searching for evidence-based solutions, Dr. McPhee trained with relaxation expert Herbert Benson, MD at Harvard University’s Mind Body Institute.  In 2005, she founded SMART Performance®, with one goal in mind: to provide quick, easy and effective Stress Management and Relaxation Training to students and others who want to feel better and perform at their best.

In addition to conducting assessments of hundred of students of all ages, Dr. McPhee has provided services to many public and independent schools, universities and agencies, including the University of San Diego, the Center for Executive Health at Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla, CA and the National Association for College Admission Counselors.

Professional Credentials and Affiliations:

American Psychological Association
Learning Disabilities Association of America
State of California – Lifetime Teaching Credential
State of California – Licensed Psychologist PSY 15325