Jennifer W. Gildea, PhD

Jennifer Gildea, PhD

(757) 668-7473

Doctorate in Continuing Education Training: University of Virginia

Postdoctoral Training in Clinical Psychology: Eastern Virginia Medical School


Jennifer Gildea, PhD, is a clinical psychologist who specializes in the assessment and treatment of mental health concerns, neuro-developmental issues, and psychological disorders in children and teens. 

Dr. Gildea has worked with hundreds of families in a community mental health setting for six years, and in private practice for more than ten years. She has also specialized in forensic assessment of adults, children, and families throughout her career. Her experience in these settings makes her uniquely suited to assess challenging and complex mental health conditions and formulate effective and goal-oriented treatment plans.

Dr. Gildea is a mom to an active, fun, 10-year-old boy and loves her work with children. Her warm, approachable demeanor creates a safe place for families, children, teens, and adults alike. Additionally, her extensive psychological assessment history has led her to adopt a highly individualized approach to problem solving and assessment in order to better assist and support the families with whom she works.

Clinical Interests
  • Psychological and Developmental Assessment
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Treatment of ADHD
  • Developmental Disorders
  • Mood Disorders¬†
  • Family and Individual Therapy
A Note from Dr. Gildea

"I am so thankful to be a part of the team of professionals at CHKD. Children's Hospital has supported and served my own family well during my son's infancy, toddlerhood and childhood years. We have always received the warmest, most professional, and most effective care here. I am excited to be able to give back to such a fantastic and unique organization. I am transitioning to CHKD from having worked in private practice, community and school settings, to allow me the chance to be a part of the best professional, medical and mental health teams in the area while doing what I love best: working with children and families so that they can live life to the fullest.

In my spare time, I am also a confirmed outdoor enthusiast and enjoy running, hiking, biking, swimming, kayaking, rafting, camping, and travel. Just as I have developed passions in these areas, I love helping kids, teens, and adults find their passions and meet their goals."