Director of Performance Psychology

Jas Tilghman, Ph.D. (Dr. Jas) is a Licensed Psychologist and completed her bachelors, masters, and PhD at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She completed her doctoral internship at Colorado State University and her postdoctoral residency at the University of California, San Diego.

Dr. Jas has worked with MusiCares through the Grammy Foundation, co-facilitated a substance recovery group, organized a substance abuse panel of entertainers who are in recovery, been the in-house psychological consultant for a band development camp of musicians, ran performance and de-stress groups, provided consultation to entertainment lawyers, and provided community outreach to theatre and dance departments. She has presented at national conferences about counseling performers. Dr. Jas is also a Senior Staff Psychologist at the University of California - Irvine serving as the liaison to the Clare Trevor School for the Arts where she consults and works with creative performers.

Dr. Jas has several years of experience in providing individual, couples, group therapy and psychological services. Her special interests include working with creative performers (i.e., musicians, dancers, athletes, actors, etc) and the unique challenges faced by this population. Specifically, she likes work related to creative performance, multicultural counseling, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, eating concerns, stress management, mindfulness and relaxation, relationships, adjustment, identity, race-related stress and adversity.

In general, her goal is to help you embrace and understand your identities, be secure and accept who you are, and develop skills to better navigate greater society.  She believes that the mind and body work together as a whole and that one's mental health is just as important as one's physical health.  Her background and experiences have shaped her own worldview and her work with clients.

Therapeutically, she integrates both person-centered and multicultural approaches. She likes to pull from mindfulness-acceptance-commitment, dialectical behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, interpersonal therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and strength-based interventions. Dr. Jas believes in the continued pursuit of knowledge and  remaining abreast of new approaches and techniques within her field. To this aim, she has also attained the certification of Performing Arts Medicine  Specialist - Allied Healthcare Practitioner via the Performing Arts Medicine Association. 

Dr. Jas grew up singing in the acapella choir, concert choir, state choir, singing solos at weddings, graduations and other large events.  She definitely identifies as a singer/songwriter and enjoys songwriting and listening to music in her spare time!