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, Child & Adolescent Track


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


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

Dr. Zoffness is a writer, educator and pain psychologist. She earned her BA from Brown University in Brain & Behavior, a combination of Neuroscience, Biology and Psychology. She completed her honors thesis on the neuroscience and psychology of pain. Inspired by her work at the NYU Child Study Center, she earned an MA in Psychology and Education from Columbia University. She went on to earn a MS in Clinical Psychology from SDSU, and a PhD from UCSD with a focus on CBT for children and teens. She received additional post-doctoral training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) for chronic pain and illness at the Mindful Center.


Dr. Z has worked with children, teens, and adults in hospital, community, and private practice settings for over 15 years. She taught undergrad Psychology courses at SDSU and supervised therapists-in-training at the Wright Institute's CBT Clinic. Dr. Z currently provides consultation and training for medical professionals, therapists, and parents on CBT for chronic pain and illness at hospitals and schools. She collaborates with UCSF-Benioff Children's Hospital, UCSF's Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, Children's Hospital Oakland, Stanford's Pediatric Pain Management Clinic, and other international pain programs. She currently teaches graduate medical education at UCSF Children's Hospital Oakland, providing pain neuroscience education to medical residents and interns.


Dr. Z previously taught children's science classes at the Bronx Zoo and was a science writer for the American Museum of Natural History magazine. She has published numerous articles on effective, evidence-based therapies for youth. 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 people in pain.