Esme Shaller


Radical behaviorist and sitcom apologist

  • (415) 476-7500
  • (415) 476-7500

Esme Shaller is a psychologist who specializes in treating adolescents in situations of acute stress or multiple stresses. She has worked with patients in various settings, including those in the hospital, in residential care and at an alternative high school. She directs the dialectical behavior therapy program at the UCSF Young Adult and Family Center.

Shaller's expertise includes cognitive and dialectical behavioral therapy, structural family therapy and theories of psychotherapy integration. She is passionate about teaching and disseminating research-supported treatments for complex psychological problems, particularly in adolescents. Therefore, 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 has received several awards for teaching excellence.

Shaller received a bachelor's degree in psychology with highest honors from the University of California, Berkeley. She earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from Stony Brook University. Subsequently, she completed her psychology internship at Northwell Health's Zucker Hillside Hospital, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at Kaiser Permanente South San Francisco.

  • Education

    Stony Brook University, PhD, Clinical Psychology, 2006

  • Academic Title

    Associate Professor

Teenagers are my favorite human beings. When overwhelming emotions sideline them, I work to get them back on track to building the lives they want.

Young Adult and Family Center

401 Parnassus Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94143

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