Joseph Zamaria, PsyD

Title(s)Associate Professor, Psychiatry
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Address675 18th Street, #4250
San Francisco CA 94107
ORCID ORCID Icon0000-0002-9148-9803 Additional info
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    Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS)Certificate2022MDMA-Assisted Therapy
    California Institute of Integral Studies, Center for Psychedelic Therapies and ResearchCertificate2021Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy and Research
    University of California, San Francisco, CA2019Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training
    University of California, San FranciscoFellowship2015Clinical Psychology
    California Pacific Medical CenterInternship2014Clinical Psychology
    California School of Professional PsychologyPsy.D.2014Clinical Psychology
    Rutgers UniversityB.A.2006Psychology & Philosophy
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    American Psychological Association2020Early Career Achievement Award
    UCSF Department of Psychiatry, Residency Training Program2019Top Ten Faculty Educator
    UCSF Department of Psychiatry, Residency Training Program2018Excellence in Teaching Award
    Golden Gate University, Department of Psychology2016Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award

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    Dr. Joseph A. Zamaria, Psy.D., ABPP, is a licensed and board-certified clinical psychologist and an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the UCSF School of Medicine, Weill Institute for Neurosciences.

    As an attending psychologist at Langley Porter Psychiatric Hospital & Clinics (LPPHC), Dr. Zamaria maintains an outpatient psychotherapy practice. His clinical interests include psychodynamic therapy, Internal Family Systems (IFS), and third-wave cognitive-behavioral therapies such as ACT. He is a member of the Association of Black Psychologists (ABPsi) and is a Founding Member of the American Arab, Middle Eastern, and North African Psychological Association (AMENA-Psy).

    Dr. Zamaria is the Associate Program Director for Psychotherapy for the Psychiatry Residency Training Program at UCSF. He is responsible for overseeing residents’ clinical rotations and didactic training in psychotherapy. He also supervises the psychotherapy practices of psychiatry residents and psychology fellows at LPPHC and provides educational leadership and didactic teaching in psychotherapy, having developed and serving as course leader for a curriculum for advanced psychotherapy training.

    The focus of Dr. Zamaria's research and scholarly efforts is psychedelic-assisted therapy. He is the principal investigator of a study examining the harm-reduction efficacy of a psychedelic peer-support hotline. Dr. Zamaria also serves as a clinician and researcher in clinical trials examining the potential of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy to treat a range of conditions, and has a faculty appointment at UC Berkeley, serving as the lead psychotherapy educator at the Berkeley Center for the Science of Psychedelics. In addition to his research activities, he is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs and is on the Advisory Board of the Fireside Project.

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    1. Content analysis of Reddit posts about coadministration of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and psilocybin mushrooms. Psychopharmacology. 2024. Sakai, K., Bradley, E.R., Zamaria, J.A., Agin-Liebes, G., Kelley, D.P., Fish, A., Martini, V., Ferris, M.C., Morton, E., Michalak, E.E., O'Donovan, A., & Woolley, J.D. View Publication.
    2. Deliberate Practice in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy. 2024. Dames, S., Penn, A., Williams, M., Zamaria, J., Rousmaniere, T., & Vaz, A. View Publication.
    3. Reducing the Harms of Nonclinical Psychedelics Use Through a Peer-Support Telephone Helpline. Psychedelic Med (New Rochelle). 2023 Jun 01; 1(2):69-73. Pleet MM, White J, Zamaria JA, Yehuda R. PMID: 37360327; PMCID: PMC10286261.
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    4. How family dementia caregivers perceive benefits of a 4-week Mentalizing Imagery Therapy program: a pilot study. Prof Psychol Res Pr. 2022 Oct; 53(5):494-503. Yang FC, Zamaria J, Morgan S, Lin E, Leuchter AF, Abrams M, Chang SE, Mischoulon D, Pedrelli P, Fisher L, Nyer M, Yeung A, Jain FA. PMID: 36212803; PMCID: PMC9540433.
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    5. A Phenomenological Examination of Psilocybin and its Positive and Persisting Aftereffects. In C.L. Fracasso, K.R. Smith, & S. Krippner (Eds.). Special edition: Health, healing, and consciousness. NeuroQuantology. 2016; 14(2):285-296. Zamaria, JA.
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