Curriculum Vitae

Eman Fallah, Psy.D.
California Licensed Psychologist PSY# 23432
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Academic Training:

2001 — 2007 APA Accredited Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program
California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco
Dissertation Title: Clinical Applications of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying in a Psychiatric Partial Hospitalization Program
2000 — present Correspondence Program in Buddhist Studies
Asian Classics Institute, New York
2000 Post-baccalaureate work in Psychology
University of California, Berkeley
1996 — 1998 Post-baccalaureate work in Physiology
University of California, Santa Cruz
1991 — 1995 B.A. in Philosophy
University of California, Santa Cruz

Academic Societies:

2003 — present American Psychological Association
Division 24: Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology
1996 — present American Philosophical Association:
North American Spinoza Society

Academic Scholarship:

Buddhism in Clinical Psychology (2009) Lambert Publishing
Mind Life Science Conference Book Review: The Dalai Lama at MIT
(co-authored with Eleanor Rosch) (2007)
Conference Paper: Mediating Variables in MBSR
2007 Center for Mindfulness Conference
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Conference Paper: Perils and Promises in Current Mindfulness Research
2007 American Psychological Association, Division 24
Conference Paper: Mindfulness-Based Group Psychotherapy with Partially Hospitalized Psychiatric Patients
2007 American Psychological Association, Division 49
Mindfulness Groups from the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition with Partially Hospitalized Psychiatric Patients
The Group Psychologist November 2007 vol. 17 (3).
Conference Paper: Spinozistic Psychotherapy
2004 American Philosophical Association, Western Conference
Conference Paper: Emotional Regulation and the Role of Metacognition
2005 American Philosophical Association, Western Conference
California Institute of Integral Studies Diversity Scholarship
2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
University of California, Santa Cruz
1995 Chancellor’s Humanities Award

Current Position

2008 — present CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST
Kaiser Permanente Department of Bariatrics and Psychiatry
South San Francisco
 
  • develop and establish mindfulness based interventions for hospital staff and patients using The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying as a source manual.
  • teach multi-series course in mindfulness meditation through department of surgery for bariatric candidates.
  • facilitate weekly mindfulness class for staff and patients.
  • co-author and implement mindfulness eating manual.
  • conduct psychological assessments for bariatric candidates for surgery.
  • provide assessment, diagnosis, evaluation, psycho-education, and crisis intervention for patients.
  • collaborate with treating physicians and other health professionals to plan and direct treatment plans.
  • provide consultation on psychological and neuropsychological assessment.
  • monitor and maintain safety for patients.
  • act as a patient advocate, promoting self-efficacy through preventative and health promotion information.
  • conduct triage, assess urgency and advise patients on options and/or interventions.
  • provide group, family, couples and individual psychotherapy.
  • participate in staff development programs and staff meetings.

Supervised Clinical Training:

2007 — 2008 POST-DOCTORAL RESIDENCY IN PSYCHOLOGY
Kaiser Permanente Chemical Dependency Services
South San Francisco
Supervisor: Kate Riley, Ph.D. (650) 616-6220
 
  • provided individual and family therapy to teens and adults dealing with chemical dependency or co-dependency issues.
  • developed abstinence and harm reduction treatment plans for dually diagnosed psychiatric patients as well as chronic pain patients with co-morbid addiction issues.
  • facilitated six groups per week, including chemical dependency education for teens and adults, as well as psychodynamic process groups for teens and adults.
  • administered pychodiagnostic batteries to teens and adults for diagnostic clarifications related to cognition and personality.
  • developeded and implemented mindfulness meditation class open to any patient and their family within the department of psychiatry.
  • incorporated mindfulness meditation in weekly process group for adolescents dealing with chemical dependency issues.
  • attended weekly training seminars for residents, monthly grand rounds, two hours of individual supervision, and two hours of group supervision weekly.
2006 — 2007 POST-DOCTORAL RESIDENCY IN MINDFULNESS
BASED PSYCHOTHERAPY
University of Missouri-Columbia
Student Health Center
Supervisor: Lynn Rossy, Ph.D. (573) 882-1642
 
  • developed programs and management of the Mindfulness Practice Center at the University of Missouri, Columbia
  • co-authored paper reporting interactions of stress and allostasis of student population undergoing an 8-week mindfulness based stress reduction program (MBSR)
  • investigated pilot study examining immune enhancement effects for VA primary care patients undergoing an 8-week MBSR program.
  • developed and presented lectures and workshops on the etiology and management of stress for the university students and faculty
  • provided weekly mindfulness meditation classes for faculty, staff, and students.
  • created the Student Alliance Center for Mindfulness, as a branch of the University Mindfulness Practice Center
  • provided an 8-week Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression course (MBCT) to students.
  • University of Missouri School of Medicine grand rounds speaker on Buddhist Psychology.
  • assessed and diagnose University student population presenting with a range of psychological and psychiatric sequelae
  • provided short and long term individual and couples therapy to student population
  • consulted with interdisciplinary medical staff
  • participated in the administrative planning, development, and implementation of health services for students.
  • attended weekly didactics and psychiatry grand rounds.
  • maintained on-going literature review in the areas of mindfulness-based interventions especially within the areas of enhanced immune functioning, physical rehabilitation, and enriched learning.
2005 — 2006 APA ACCREDITED CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY INTERNSHIP
Missouri Health Sciences Psychology Consortium:
Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans Affair Hospital
University of Missouri Department of Health Psychology
Director of Training: Vickie Claymore-Lahammer, Ph.D. (573) 814.6000

Major Rotation I: PTSD Treatment Program
VA Medical Center
Supervisor: Alice Christensen, Ph.D. (573) 814.6000

 
  • provided individual outpatient therapy to Veterans with a primary diagnosis of PTSD
  • facilitated bimonthly outpatient PTSD group therapy
  • participated in daily rounds on Acute Psychiatric Care Unit with a multidisciplinary behavioral health team
  • provided individual therapy to psychiatric inpatients
  • administered and provided feedback on a range of objective and projective psychodiagnostic tests to both inpatients and outpatients with PTSD issues.
  • developed individual treatment and discharge plan for both inpatient and outpatient populations
  • provided consultative services pertaining to PTSD treatment
  • participated in bimonthly case conferences
  • attended weekly rounds in the department of psychiatry, University of Missouri School of Medicine
  • attended weekly didactics from the department of Health Psychology, University of Missouri
  Minor Rotation I: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
University of Missouri Department of Health Psychology
Supervisor: Laura Schopp, Ph.D., ABPP (573) 882.8847
 
  • co-facilitated an 8-week mindfulness-based stress reduction course (MBSR) to University of Missouri faculty and staff
  • facilitated weekly mindfulness meditation classes at the Ellis Fischel University of Missouri Cancer Center.
  • provided outreach classes and lectures in mindfulness meditation to University patient population including: cancer survivor group, organ transplant group, and hospice/end of life group.
  • supervised graduate nursing students research and literature review of mindfulness based interventions for breast cancer patients.
  • developed source research manual of seminal studies in mindfulness based research related to patient coping and recovery within a hospital setting.
  Major Rotation II: Addiction Treatment Program
VA Medical Center
Supervisor: Vickie Claymore-Lahammer Ph.D.
 
  • provided outpatient psychotherapy to Veteran’s with past or current substance abuse issues.
  • facilitated three process groups per week for Veterans in the Addiction Treatment Program
  • facilitated weekly dual diagnosis group
  • facilitated tobacco education group
  • provided individual therapy to psychiatric inpatients
  • administered and provide feedback on a range of objective and projective psychodiagnostic tests to inpatients and outpatients with substance abuse issues.
  • developed individual treatment and discharge plan for both inpatient and outpatient populations
  • provide consultative services pertaining to substance abuse treatment
  • participated in bimonthly VA case conferences
  • attended weekly rounds from the department of psychiatry, University of Missouri School of Medicine
  • attended weekly didactics from the department of Health Psychology, University of Missouri
  Minor Rotation II: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
University of Missouri Department of Health Psychology
Supervisor: Laura Schopp, Ph.D., ABPP (573) 882.8847
 
  • co-facilitated 8-week MBSR program to University of Missouri faculty and staff
  • continued from first rotation to facilitate weekly mindfulness meditation classes at the Ellis Fischel University of Missouri Cancer Center.
  • provided classes and lectures in mindfulness meditation to University patient population including: cancer survivor group, organ transplant group, and hospice/end of life group.
  • supervised graduate nursing student’s research and literature review of mindfulness based interventions for breast cancer patients.
  • developed source research manual of seminal studies in mindfulness based research within a hospital setting.
  • participated in health related wellness fairs around the University to raise awareness regarding the services of the mindfulness practice center and other related offerings.
  Major Rotation III: Behavioral Health Triage
VA Medical Center
Supervisor: Michael C. Moore, Ph.D. (573) 814.6000
 
  • conducted initial screens and evaluations of patients for appropriate primary care or behavioral health referral.
  • provided direct service to patients in an appropriate treatment modality (i.e. individual, family, or conjoint marital therapy).
  • received and answered behavioral health related consults for primary care physicians.
  • assessed psychiatric disturbance as encountered in the primary care setting.
  • collaborated with primary care providers regarding psychiatric emergencies.
  • admitted patients for acute inpatient psychiatric care.
  • developed treatment plans in an interdisciplinary context.
  Minor Rotation III: Health Psychology Research
VA Medical Center
Supervisor: Martha Brownlee-Duffeck, Ph.D., ABPP (573) 814-6000
 
  • co-investigator of an 80 subject VA pilot study examining the effects of an 8-week mindfulness based stress reduction course (MBSR) on primary care Veterans with compromised immune functioning.
  • facilitator of the 8-week MBSR course to Veterans
  • designed protocol of the study and recruited appropriate personnel.
  • collect and manage data
  • co-author paper of the above study (to be submitted)
2004 — 2005 CLINICAL RESEARCH INTERNSHIP
University of California, San Francisco, CA
Department of Health Psychology
Cultivating Emotional Balance Project
Supervisor: Margaret Kemeny, Ph.D. (415) 476.7753
 
  • assisted in mindfulness meditation study examining the effects of meditation on reducing “negative” emotions and physiological arousal (autonomic, hormonal, and immunological).
  • assisted in conducting general library research and literature review.
  • assisted in organizing questionnaires for the experienced sampling portion of the study.
  • assisted in the recruitment, screening, and enrollment of subjects.
  • assisted in autonomic nervous system measures; experimental protocols to assess stress; emotion regulation; and the response to evocative stimuli.
  • participated in weekly investigator’s meeting to discuss research process and results.
2003 — 2004 CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY PRACTICUM II
Community Counseling and Education Center, Fremont, CA
Supervisor: Carol Williams, Ph.D. (510) 792.4964
 
  • conducted clinical intake and assessment to general population, ranging from all age groups and levels of psychosocial functioning.
  • provided long and short-term individual therapy to children and adults.
  • provided family and couples counseling.
  • administered battery of psychodiagnostic tests to children and adults for cases such as: court ordered evaluations, diagnostic testing, parenting capacity/caregiver competence, treatment planning, bonding and attachment studies, and placement recommendations.
  • developed and manage individual case files, progress notes, and treatment plans.
  • maintained client’s certification of insurance benefits.
  • received weekly didactics on a full range of projective and objective measures in neurological screening, personality, and cognition.
  • received training in structured diagnostic interviews to assess for competency care issues around abuse or neglect.
  • received training in on site as well as at-home observations of attachment dynamics between child and caregiver.
  • wrote reports for all batteries.
  • attended and presented in weekly adult case conferences
  • attended and presented in weekly child case conference
  • attended weekly testing and assessment case conference.
2002 — 2003 CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY PRACTICUM I
Seton Hospital Psychiatric Unit, Daly City, CA
Supervisor: John Roumasset, M.D. (650) 991.6470
 
  • provided psychosocial and clinical assessments of adult psychiatric population, including DSM-IV diagnosis.
  • developed client’s treatment plan.
  • conducted hospital approved dissertation study entitled Mindfulness-Based Group Psychotherapy with Psychiatric Outpatients: A Metacognitive Approach
  • facilitated three weekly groups on depression, symptom management, and mindfulness meditation.
  • provided weekly individual therapy.
  • provided clinical services in crisis management.
  • maintained certification of insurance benefits as well as provided discharge and aftercare plan.
  • collaborated in weekly staff meetings with other therapists for evaluating course of treatment.
  • administered the MCMI-III and conducted semi-structured interviews to outpatients as part of dissertation study.
1997 — 1999 RESEARCH ASSISTANT
Stanford University, CA
Department of Psychiatry
Supervisor: Steven Lindley, M.D., Ph.D. (650) 493.5000
 
  • performed and monitored microdialysis experiments.
  • assisted in animal surgeries.
  • performed post-mortem studies, including brain histology and protein assays.
  • made buffers and reagents.
  • performed weekly duties in caring for research animals.
  • participated in weekly meetings with research team.
  • engaged in library research for the principle investigator.
1997 — 1999 HOSPICE BEREAVEMENT COUNSELOR
Home Health Plus Hospice, Monterey & Daly City, CA
Supervisor: Lawrence Fenton, M.Div. (831) 373.8442
 
  • provided counseling to terminally ill patients.
  • participated in hospice team meetings, which involved presenting patient status and participating in development of treatment plan.

Past Employment:

2001 — 2004 MEDITATION INSTRUCTOR
Hillcrest Juvenile Hall, San Mateo CA
Contact: Jonathan Weinstock (415) 566.4043
 
  • guided weekly mindfulness meditation with juvenile hall inmates.
  • facilitated group discussions on issues around anger, depression, and anxiety.
  • guided yoga and deep breathing exercises for the purposes of stress reduction.
  • participated in monthly board meetings regarding funding for juvenile hall outreach projects.
  • participated in drafting research proposals to generate empirical measures of mindfulness-based interventions on inmates.
  • participated in grant proposals for project funding.
1992 — 2005 MARTIAL ARTS INSTRUCTOR
United Studios of Self-Defense, San Francisco, CA
Karate USA, San Francisco, CA
Mills Montessori School, Millbrae, CA
Contact: Frank Ley (415) 752.7283
 
  • provided group and private instruction to children and adults in the martial art of Shaolin Kempo.
2001 — 2003 PRODUCTION MANAGER
Tsa Tsa Studio-Center for Tibetan Sacred Art
San Francisco, CA
Contact: Roberta Raine (707) 762.6188
 
  • managed production of Tibetan Buddhist statues for trade and retail sales.
  • monitored and supplied inventory.
  • instructed classes in casting, sanding, and polishing of statues.
  • coordinated packaging and shipping of orders.
1998 STUDENT INSTRUCTOR
University of California, Santa Cruz
Contact: Frank Andrews, Ph.D. Department of Chemistry
 
  • led five sections per week for the class ‘Science and Human Values’.
  • read and graded weekly papers, two midterms, a final ten-page paper and a final exam.
  • determined final grades and wrote narrative evaluations for more than fifty students.
1994 COURSE READER
University of California, Santa Cruz
Contact: Paul Kashap, B.Phil. Department of Philosophy
 
  • read and graded two midterms, a final paper, and a final exam for the course ‘Ethical Theory’.
  • determined final grades and wrote narrative evaluations for more than fifty students.