Find a Psychologist Service
SFPA provides a list of licensed psychologists available for assessment, consultation and therapy services.
If you are interested in obtaining mental health services, please click on “Find a Psychologist”
Disaster Mental Health Service
Psychologists who are interested in volunteering their services in the event of a local, regional or national
disaster can join the SFPA Disaster Response Network. SFPA has a formal agreement to provide mental health
services through the American Red Cross. To learn more about this exciting community service, please contact Loren Krane, Ph.D.
Every year, bills are introduced in the California State Legislature that significantly affect psychologists
and the clients we serve. SFPA members, working with the California Psychological Association (CPA), advocate
to increase access to quality mental health care, promote mental health services and research funding, and
ensure fair and equal insurance coverage (mental health parity). In addition, we fight legislative attempts
to significantly weaken the scope of practice and professional stature of psychologists in private practice
and hospital settings. To learn more about our efforts, please contact Robert S. McMillan, Ph.D., or visit
CPA's government affairs webpage.
SFPA is highly cognizant of current ethics-related issues generated internally and/or externally in the psychological profession.
We provide educational services to members and encourage the development of conferences and programs dealing with ethical issues.
We also publish "The Collegial Reminder," in The San Francisco Psychologist. For more information, please
contact Judith Janaro Fabian, Ph.D.
SFPA provides members the opportunity to join our Speaker’s Bureau, which provides educational talks to
groups and organizations in San Francisco and the Bay Area. Our speakers must have expertise in some area of
mental health, and be willing to volunteer at least once a year to speak to community organizations. If you are
from a community organization and are interested in learning about our speakers, or if you are an SFPA member and
are interested in joining the Bureau, please contact Elizabeth McMahon, Ph.D.
Public Education & Media
SFPA provides mental health education and information to our fellow San Francisco citizens, and is also a
point of contact for new media organizations interested in highlighting mental health issues. If you are interested
in getting involved in an education campaign or being on our news media contact list, please contact Elizabeth McMahon, Ph.D.
The diversity of the people of San Francisco is one of the defining features of our City. Our working
definition of diversity includes apparent and not so readily apparent characteristics including, but not limited
to: race, ethnicity, culture, gender, socioeconomic status, age, religion, language, and sexual orientation. Since
its inception, SFPA has been dedicated to providing access to psychological services to the entire San Francisco
community and to creating a supportive community for psychologists that fosters professional growth. The goals
of the newly formed Diversity Committee complement the overarching goals of SFPA by sharing its vision of creating
a mental health community that does not merely tolerate, but genuinely respects and values difference. The charge
of the Diversity Committee is to support culturally informed educational programming for professionals and students
in psychology as well as support the mentorship of culturally and ethnically diverse graduate students.
Contact Ann K. Tran, Ph.D. for more information.
Early Career Psychologists
SFPA is excited to begin focusing on the needs of early career psychologists (ECP) this year, in cooperation
with CPA's new ECP Committee. Our plans include advocacy, programs and services, and recruitment of ECPs, as well as
facilitating SFPAGS members' transition to ECP status when they graduate. If you would like to be involved in our
efforts, or have any questions or ideas about ECPs in SFPA, please contact Margeaux R. Lieberman, Psy.D. for more information.
Student Mentorship Program
If you are an SFPA psychologist and are interested in sharing some of your experience, wisdom and
expertise with psychology graduate students, please join the SFPA mentorship program. Becoming a mentor can
be a very meaningful personal experience and also a way to contribute to the future of our profession; the
time commitment is determined by each individual mentor/mentee. To learn more about this program, please
contact Katherine D. McCarthy, B.A.
SFPA Graduate Student Organization
SFPAGS is the graduate student division of SFPA. It organizes special events and provides other resources
for students. For more information, see the
SFPA has a program function called the Colleague Assistance & Support Program (CLASP) for Psychologists.
The primary goal of the CLASP Program is to assist psychologists in reaching out for support anywhere along the
continuum from wellness to crisis. At SFPA, members may contact the CLASP Chair, Ilene Serlin, Ph.D. for more
information about this program. Additionally, there is a toll-free number (888-262-8293) to call as a confidential
resource for California psychologists and psychology graduate students who may be seeking a referral for therapy,
consultation, workshops, information on self-care and staying well and/or to get support for a colleague in need.
SFPA Child Custody Best Practices – Ad Hoc Committee
We have an ad hock committee that meets to discuss child custody best practices. The committee meets on a
monthly or bimonthly basis to provide education, support, and peer consultation to child custody evaluators
who are members or associate members of SFPA. We review current literature, ethical issues, and bring in
outside speakers. As a group we consult periodically to the family court and present at professional
conferences. Some of our meetings carry educational credit under California Rule of Court 5.225(n).
There are requirements for committee membership: Members of this committee must be members or associate
members of SFPA and must have completed a minimum of ten (10) child custody evaluations.
For more information, please contact the Chair, Megan Lehmer, Ph.D.