About Dr. Zoffness



BA . Brown University, Human Biology: Brain & Behavior


MA . Columbia University, Psychology & Education 


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 Child & Family Institute (NYC), Child Psychology


Post Doc . The Mindful Center, Oakland, CA

                      Wright Institute CBT Clinic, Adolescent Track Supervisor, Berkeley, CA

Dr. Zoffness earned her Bachelor’s degree from Brown University in Brain & Behavior, a combination of Neuroscience, Biology and Psychology. She completed her Brown honors thesis on the neurology and psychology of pain. Inspired by her work with kids and teens at the NYU Child Study Center, she earned a Masters Degree in Psychology and Education from Columbia University in NYC. She went on to earn a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology from SDSU, and then a PhD from UCSD 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 SDSU and supervised therapists-in-training at the Wright Institute's CBT Clinic. Dr. Zoffness currently provides talks and trainings for medical doctors, therapists, teachers, and parents on CBT for pediatric pain, illness, and injury at local hospitals, clinics and schools. She collaborates with UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, Children's Hospital Oakland, Stanford Children's Health and Stanford's Pediatric Pain Management Clinic. 


Dr. Z previously taught children's science classes at the Bronx Zoo in NYC and was a science writer for the American Museum of Natural History magazine. She has published numerous articles on effective, evidence-based therapies for youths. 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 adolescents, families, and health providers in the Bay Area.