Esme Shaller, PhD


Esme Shaller is a psychologist at UCSF's Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute's Young Adult and Family Center (YAFC). She specializes in treating acute and multi-stressed adolescents whom she has worked with as inpatients, in residential care and at an alternative high school.

Shaller's expertise includes cognitive and dialectical behavioral therapy, structural family therapy 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 the director of Dialectical and Cognitive Behavior Therapies at YAFC.

Shaller received her B.A. 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. Shaller is an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at UCSF's Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute and an assistant clinical professor of psychology at UC Berkeley.


Young Adult and Family Center
401 Parnassus Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 476-7500
Fax: (415) 502-6361

Hours: Monday to Friday
8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Academic Title

Associate Professor

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Sadeh N, Londahl-Shaller EA, Piatigorsky A, Fordwood S, Stuart BK, McNiel DE, Klonsky ED, Ozer EM, Yaeger AM. Functions of non-suicidal self-injury in adolescents and young adults with Borderline Personality Disorder symptoms. Psychiatry Res. 2014 May 15; 216(2):217-22.
  2. Londahl, Esme A.; Tverskoy, Anna; D'Zurilla, Thomas J. The Relations of Internalizing Symptoms to Conflict and Interpersonal Problem Solving in Close Relationships. Cognitive Therapy and Research. 2005; 4(29):445-462.
  3. Gonzaga GC, Keltner D, Londahl EA, Smith MD. Love and the commitment problem in romantic relations and friendship. J Pers Soc Psychol. 2001 Aug; 81(2):247-62.

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