About Dr. Zoffness


 BA . Brown University, Human Biology: Brain & Behavior


MA . Columbia University, Psychology & Education 


MS . San Diego State University, Clinical Psychology


PhD . University of California San Diego/SDSU, Clinical Psychology


Internship . Mt Sinai-St Lukes Hospital, Child & Family Institute (NYC)


Post Docs . The Mindful Center  + Wright Institute CBT Clinic, Supervisor

Dr. Zoffness earned her BA from Brown University in Brain & Behavior, a combination of Neuroscience, Biology & Psychology. She completed her honors thesis on the neuroscience and psychology of pain. She earned an MA in Psychology & Education from Columbia University, a MS in Clinical Psychology from SDSU, and a PhD from UCSD. Dr. Z completed her internship at Mt. Sinai St. Luke's hospital in NYC and then received additional post-doctoral training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) for chronic pain & illness at the Mindful Center.


A reseacher and science-communicator, she's published extensively in medical journals and popular publications. A select list of publications & presentations are available. Her first book, The Chronic Pain & Illness Workbook for Teens, was published in 2019; her second workbook, for adults, will be released by New Harbinger in 2020. She's also the author of the popular Psychology Today column "Pain, Explained."


Dr. Z currently provides consultations and trainings for health professionals on pain education and CBT for chronic pain. She collaborates with UCSF School of Medicine, The Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, Children's Hospital Oakland, Stanford's Pain Management Clinics, and other international pain programs. She currently teaches pain education at UCSF for medical residents and interns.


Dr. Z previously taught science at the Bronx Zoo and was a science writer for the American Museum of Natural History magazine.  She loves what she does, and feels very lucky to serve as a source of support for people living with pain - and the providers who treat them.