G. Jeffrey Klepfer, PhD, CPC


Dr. G. Jeffrey KlepferDr. Jeffrey Klepfer is a leadership consultant and mental performance coach with CPLS. He has served as a counselor, psychology professor, and executive administrator at the University of Tampa for over 30 years. Dr. Klepfer’s experience in psychology extends to the practice of psychotherapy and career counseling, coordination of mental health crisis and referral services, psychological assessment, training graduate level professionals, research, and teaching. His research has addressed such topics as leadership and the need for power, religious orientation in prayer, intimate partner violence, investment decision making, racial and age related variables in marriage, and teacher professional development. Dr. Klepfer has taught university courses in the history of psychology, psychology of religion, statistics and experimental methods, theories of personality, clinical and counseling psychology, sport psychology, emotion and motivation, and personality disorders.


As a higher education administrator, Dr. Klepfer provided leadership for 300 faculty teaching 4500 undergraduate and graduate courses in 40 degree, pre-professional, and certificate programs across 16 academic departments in the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, and fine arts. In addition, he oversaw a university NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics program, along with career and personal counseling, job placement and student health services. Dr. Klepfer implemented administrative and academic assessment services campus-wide, authored institutional effectiveness reports, and led an institutional re-accreditation self-study. He coordinated continuous quality improvement planning, programming, and training for process management teams, and facilitated executive retreats for the university president’s senior staff.

Counseling, Consulting, and Coaching

Dr. Klepfer has conducted counseling with adolescents, adults, couples and groups in California and Florida. He has employed cognitive, behavioral, psychodynamic, and systems oriented therapeutic modalities. His pre-doctoral internship was with the counseling center at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Dr. Klepfer’s consulting practice extends to individuals and groups at all levels of the professional spectrum within small, medium, and large organizations. His clients have included administrative staff, trustees, executives, and attorneys. He has provided mental performance coaching to competitive junior and adult golfers, life coaching to adult clients, and leadership coaching to lawyers. Dr. Klepfer has presented on the effect of emotions on investment decision making, prevention of teacher burnout, enrollment management, quality process management, and various leadership topics for national and international conferences.


  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, May 1986, Biola University, Rosemead School of Psychology, La Mirada, California.
  • M.A., Clinical Psychology, August 1980, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
  • B.S., Psychology, June 1977, Trevecca Nazarene University, Nashville, Tennessee


  • Certificate of Professional Coaching, September 2017, Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching, Accredited Coach Training Program by the International Coach Federation.
  • Energy Leadership Index, Master Practitioner Certificate, Energy Leadership Index, September 2017, Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching.
  • Certificate of Higher Education Leadership, July 1989, Harvard Institutes of Higher Education, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Professional Associations

  • Association for Applied Sport Psychology, Professional Membership
  • International Coach Federation, Central Florida Chapter, Developing Coach Membership

Presentations and Publications

  • Smith, A., & Klepfer, G.J. (2016). Female offenders as victims of intimate partner violence (IPV): exploring Maslovian cracks in the system. In S. F. Sharp, et al., (Eds.), Across the spectrum of women and crime: theories, offending, and the criminal justice system. Durham, N.C.: Carolina Academic Press.
  • “The Effect of Anticipatory Regret on Performance in a Stock Trading Simulation,” with MariaAnna Serricchio and Brianna Vaughan, Southeast Psychological Association Conference, March 2011, Jacksonville, Florida.
  • “Variable Utility of Anticipatory Regret in an Undergraduate Investment Game,” with Lorian Knapp, International Applied Business Research Conference, January 2010, Orlando, Florida.
  • “Affect and Probability Neglect in Investment Decisions,” with Lorian Knapp and Christyn Blanchette, National Autonomous University of Mexico Conference Investigación sin fronteras, March 2008, Mexico City, Mexico.
  • “Structural Correlates of White, Black and Hispanic Intraracial and Interracial Marriages,” with Norma A. Winston, Southern Sociological Society Regional Conference, April 2000, New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • Winston, N.A., & Klepfer, G.J. (2000). Patterns of mate selection among the elderly: Do the homogamous norms apply? Perspectives, 3. (Electronic journal of the American Association of Behavioral and Social Sciences)
  • “Patterns of Mate Selection Among the Elderly: Do the Homogamous Norms Apply?” with Norma A. Winston, American Association of Behavioral and Social Sciences National Conference, January 2000, Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • “Relearning How It Feels to be a Learner: Experiential Seminars in the Prevention of Teacher Burnout,” with Sarah J. McKenzie, American Association of Behavioral and Social Sciences National Conference, January 1998, Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • “Incorporated Values of Visionary Leaders,” with Bryant Martinez, American Society of Business and Behavioral Sciences National Conference, February 1997, Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • “Enrollment Management: A Process Approach,” with Ronald Ingersoll, Doris Ingersoll and Joan McClennen, American Marketing Association Symposium for the Marketing of Higher Education, November 1994, New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • “Quality Process Management at The University of Tampa,” Tampa Bay Quality Network Meeting, October 1994, Tampa, Florida.
  • “A Case of Administrative Reinvention in a Private University,” with David Ruffer and Frank Gryna, American Association of Higher Education Assessment and Quality Conference, June 1994, Washington, D.C.