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Esme Shaller, Ph.D.


Esme Shaller is a psychologist at UCSF's Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute's Young Adult and Family Center. She specializes in treating acute and multi-stressed adolescents who she has worked with as inpatients, in residential care and at alternative high schools. Shaller's expertise includes cognitive and dialectical behavioral therapy, structural family therapy, interpersonal psychotherapy and theories of psychotherapy integration. Shaller’s passion lies in the teaching and dissemination of empirically supported treatments for complex psychological problems, particularly in adolescence. As such, she devotes a large percentage of her time to teaching and training, both within UCSF’s residency and fellowship programs and in the larger Bay Area community. She is currently the acting director of YAFC’s Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) clinic.

Shaller received her Shaller received her BA in psychology with highest honors from UC Berkeley, and her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the State University of New York, Stony Brook. Subsequently, she completed her psychology internship at the Zucker Hillside Hospital at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in Queens, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at Kaiser Permanente in South San Francisco. She is an assistant clinical professor of psychology at UCSF's Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute.