Dr. Jessica ChenFeng
Fuller Seminary Professor, Author & Therapist
Jessica ChenFeng joined Fuller’s faculty in 2022 as an associate professor of marriage and family therapy for the Doctor of Marriage and Family Therapy (DMFT) program. She brings years of MFT teaching, research, and supervision experience, as well as clinical and consulting experience across ministry, community, and medical contexts.
Dr. ChenFeng is known in the field of marriage and family therapy for her clinical expertise and scholarship integrating sociocontextual lenses of race, gender, and generation into work with minoritized individuals, families, and communities. She is a regular presenter at local and national conferences and is invited to speak about self-of-the-therapist development, decolonizing supervision, and Asian American issues. In the last few years, her primary clinical focus has been the well-being of physicians, especially through pandemic-related trauma and burnout. She is a certified Havening practitioner and an AAMFT-approved supervisor.
In the last decade, ChenFeng has had over 27 publications in her name, including two books. In 2020, she co-authored her first book, Finding Your Voice as a Beginning Marriage and Family Therapist and forthcoming is Asian American Identities, Relationships, and Cultural Legacies: Reflections from Marriage and Family Therapists. She has been a mentor in the Leadership Development Program of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) as well as their Minority Fellowship Program, of which she is an alumna. She was humbled and honored to receive the 2022 American Family Therapy Academy Early Career Award.
ChenFeng is grateful to know Jesus; as a fifth-generation Christian from her mother’s Taiwanese family, she gladly receives the many gifts of a multidenominational background, including Taiwanese Presbyterian roots, Korean American United Methodism, Ignatian spirituality, while her family is currently part of an American Baptist congregation. Much of her ministry and consulting work is to support the mental health needs of the Asian American and Asian American Christian community. ChenFeng was born and raised in the greater Los Angeles area and has never left, although she does love New York in the fall and Seattle in the summer. Much of her joy, growth, and inspiration comes through life with her family (husband, two young children, and a mini schnauzer) and extended first- and second-generation Taiwanese American family.
Past Speakers of the South Pasadena Prayer Breakfast
February 23, 2016
Deputy Chief Michael P. Downing
Los Angeles Police Department
February 21, 2017
"Neighbor to Neighbor"
Dr. Lucy Jones, Seismologist
February 20, 2018
Father Gregory Boyle, Homeboy Industries
February 19, 2019
"Hope in Transition"
Rev. Megan Katerjian, Door of Hope
February 18, 2020
"Civil Discourse: Why Our Words Matter"
Monsignor Clem Connolly, Holy Family Catholic Church
May 6, 2021
"Being Essential: Stories of Faith on the Front Lines"
Dr. Adam Sharp, Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center
May 5, 2022
“A Better Normal: Nurturing Compassion in Our Community”
Executive Director of Young & Healthy Pasadena