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 Docs . The Mindful Center + Wright Institute CBT Clinic, Adolescent Track Supervisor
Dr. Zoffness earned her BA from Brown University in Brain & Behavior, a combination of Neuroscience, Biology and Psychology. She completed her honors thesis on the neurology and psychology of pain. Inspired by her pediatric work at the NYU Child Study Center, she earned her 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 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. 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 talks and trainings for medical doctors, therapists, teachers, and parents on CBT for pediatric pain and illness at hospitals and schools. She collaborates with UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, Children's Hospital Oakland, 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 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 teens and families in the Bay Area.