BA . Brown University, Brain & Behavior
MA . Columbia University, Child Psychology
MS . San Diego State University, Clinical Psychology, Child & Adolescent Track
PhD . University of California San Diego/SDSU, Clinical Psychology, Child & Adolescent Track
Internship . St. Lukes Roosevelt Hospital NYC, Child & Family Institute, Child Psychology
Post Doc . The Mindful Center, Oakland, CA
Wright Institute CBT Clinic, Adolescent Track, Berkeley, CA
Dr. Zoffness earned her Bachelor’s degree from Brown University in Brain & Behavior, a combination of Neuroscience, Psychology and Biology. She completed her undergrad honors thesis on the Gate Control Theory of Pain. Inspired by her work with kids and teens in research settings like the NYU Child Study Center, she earned a Masters Degree in Child Psychology from Columbia University in NYC. She went on to earn a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology from SDSU, and a PhD from the University of California San Diego with a focus on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for kids and teens. She received additional post-doctoral training at the Mindful Center in Oakland, including Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) for chronic pain and illness.
Dr. Zoffness has worked with children, teens and adults in hospital, community mental health and private practice settings for over 15 years. She taught undergraduate Psychology courses at San Diego State University, and supervised therapists-in-training at the Wright Institute's CBT Clinic. Dr. Zoffness provides trainings on CBT for pediatric pain and illness at the UCSF Pediatric Brain Center, as well as other local hospitals and clinics. She currently collaborates with UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital (SF and Oakland), Stanford Children's Health and Stanford's Pediatric Pain Management Clinic.
She previously taught science classes for kids at the Bronx Zoo in NYC, and has written nature articles for the American Museum of Natural History magazine. She has published numerous articles on effective, evidence-based therapies for kids. A select list of publications & presentations are available. She loves what she does, and feels very lucky to serve as a source of support for teens and families in the Bay Area.