Esme Shaller, PhD
|Title||Psychologist 2 Supervisor|
|Department||Child Psychiatry Clinic|
|Stony Brook University||PhD||Clinical Psychology||2006|
|University of California, Berkeley||BA||Psychology||2000|
My clinical activities are at the Young Adult and Family Center in the Department of Psychiatry, where I specialize in working with adolescents and young adults with chronic emotional dysregulation and histories of suicidality and self-harm. I direct the behavior therapies within YAFC, supervising clinicians and trainees in both the Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) program and the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) program.
My primary duties at UCSF are clinical and educational, but I keep a toe in the research world by co-running a study on DBT for patients ages 13-25. We are examining not only the effectiveness of the clinical program at UCSF, but also the development of BPD traits across adolescence, the role DBT skills play in treatment outcome, and the differing ways in which young people experience urges and motivation to self-harm.
My passion lies in the teaching and dissemination of empirically supported treatments for complex psychological problems, particularly in adolescence. I teach and supervise a wide variety of trainees in the Department of psychiatry, including psychology interns and post-docs, psychiatry residents, and child and adolescent psychiatry fellows. I help develop curriculum for didactics across these training programs as well as consult and teach in community and county programs across the Bay Area to help implement evidence-based psychotherapies. I am excited to be a member of the 2016-17 Teaching Scholars Program, where I will study the latest in teaching theory and research in order to enhance my teaching and supervision.
behaviorism, dialectical behavior therapy, cognitive behavior therapy, borderline personality disorder, emotional dysregulation, adolescents, young adults, families, post-traumatic stress disorder, exposure therapy, teaching, psychology training, suicide, self-harm, risky sexual behavior, adolescent friendships, adolescent romantic relationships
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