Samantha Fordwood, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist (PSY 22714)
870 Market Street, Suite 845
San Francisco, CA 94102

Phone: 415-963-3554

About Dr. Fordwood

I AM CLOSING MY PRIVATE PRACTICE AS OF OCTOBER 2019 AS I WILL BE JOINING THE DBT-A TEAM AT UCSF. I am no longer accepting any individual or skills class clients.


Dr. Fordwood obtained her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). UCLA is consistently ranked as one of the top clinical psychology training programs in the country, and the program is known for its emphasis on research and empirically validated treatments. Dr. Fordwood started her training and clinical experience in cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) while in graduate school. Her research interests focused on the effectiveness of evidence-based therapies, longitudinal treatment outcomes, and suicidality. She received her Ph.D. in 2007.

Dr. Fordwood received her B.A. in psychology from Cornell University in 1998, graduating magna cum laude for her honors thesis on the sociocultural influences on disordered eating attitudes and behaviors. While an undergraduate, she attended Oxford University in England for her junior year, where she studied psychology, philosophy, and physiology.

Dr. Fordwood completed her clinical psychology internship and postdoctoral training from 2006 to 2008 at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). While in training at UCSF she conducted individual CBT and DBT with adults and young adults, and also led DBT and CBT skills groups at the UCSF Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP).

In 2009, Dr. Fordwood joined the UCSF DBT Adolescent and Young Adult Program (DBT-A Program) and became an Assistant Clinical Professor. While working in the DBT-A Program from 2009 to 2012, she conducted individual, group, and family DBT with teens, young adults, and their parents. She supervised psychiatry and clinical psychology trainees who rotated through the UCSF DBT-A Program, and also helped manage the DBT-A research studies.

Dr. Fordwood has been Intensively Trained in DBT by Behavioral Tech, the official DBT training organization founded by Dr. Marsha Linehan. She has also attended several other Behavioral Tech workshops on the application of DBT for specific populations:

  • 2013 - Introduction to Radically Open DBT (RO-DBT) for Disorders of Overcontrol
  • 2011 - Treating PTSD in DBT with High Risk BPD Clients
  • 2010 - Updates to Emotion Regulation and Crisis Survival Strategies
  • 2010 - DBT with Multi-Problem Adolescents
  • 2009 - Skills Training in DBT: The Essentials
  • 2009 - DBT: Treating Substance Use Disorders
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