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1700 Montgomery St. Suite 101 | San Francisco, CA 94111 | 415.244.7711

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Jennifer J. Gans, Psy.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Office

2250 Union Street, Suite #3
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 244-7711

www.drjennifergans.com
www.mbtsr.com
jennifer.gans1@gmail.com

  • EducationOpen or Close
    1997 - 2002
    Georgia School of Professional Psychology
    Atlanta, Georgia, Doctorate of Psychology
    Major: Clinical Psychology

    Dissertation Topic (completed Winter 2000):
    EMDR: A Review of Efficacy & Mechanism of Action
    1995 - 1997
    Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia
    Masters of Special Education, Deafness
    1995 - 1996
    Gallaudet University, Washington, DC
    Deaf Studies
    1991 - 1995
    University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado
    Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Cum Laude
    Undergraduate Thesis Topic: The Relation of Self-Image and Academic Placement and Achievement in Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students
  • CertificationsOpen or Close
    State of CA License in Clinical Psychology (License Number 22222), 2008
    State of SC License in Clinical Psychology (License Number 000863), 2003
    State of Georgia Psychology Licensing Exam, 1999
    EMDR Level I Training, 1997
    EMDR Level II Training, 1998
    Georgia Teaching Certificate, 1995
    Emergency First Responder/Advanced First Aid & CPR, 1994
    Nationally Certified SKI*HI Parent Advisor, 1993
  • HonorsOpen or Close
    Board of Directors, Tinnitus Practitioners Association (TPA), 2012
    David Pilon APA Dissertation Scholarship, 1998
    Bleich Memorial Scholarship, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999
    Markovitz Scholarship, 1995
    Kappa Delta Pi, 1995
    Graduation Cum Laude, 1993
    Phi Beta Kappa, 1992 Psi Chi National Psychological Honors Society, 1992
    Golden Key National Honors Society, 1992 Presidents Leadership Class Scholar, 1989 & 1990
    Alumni Scholars Award, 1989
  • Mindfulness ExperienceOpen or Close
    Training Sequence for Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Leading to Certification
    4/12
    Teacher Development Intensive (TDI)
    Completed a 92-hour teacher development intensive training taught by Center for Mindfulness senior staff. Admission to the program was limited to those with extensive professional experience, with a solid meditation practice, and with previous teaching in MBSR.
    4/11 - present
    Experience Teaching 8-week MBSR courses
    Led 8-week MBSR classes at UCSF in the Department of Otolaryngology for patients with tinnitus. Will lead an MBSR class with the MS Society/UCSF in Summer 2012 for patients with MS.
    4/11 - 6/11
    MBSR Supervision
    Received 10-weeks of supervision by Bob Stahl, PhD, a Center for Mindfulness senior staff trainer during the teaching of an MBSR class taught at UCSF.
    10/10
    MBSR in Mind-Body Medicine – 7-Day Residential Training
    Participated in a 7-day MBSR professional training program led by Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli.
    7/10 - 9/10
    Practicum in MBSR
    Completed a 1-week Practicum in MBSR: Living Inside Participant/Practitioner Perspectives training taught by Bob Stahl, PhD, senior staff at the Center for Mindfulness. Admission to the program was limited to those with extensive professional experience, with a solid meditation practice.
    1998 - present
    Regular participation in 5-10 day silent, teacher-led mindfulness meditation retreats and yoga practice.
    1/10 - 8/10
    Participated in Monthly Seminars given by Dr. Stuart Eisendrath on Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) at Langley Porter UCSF.
    1/10 - present
    Speaking Engagements
    The Northern CA Speech & Hearing Center
    Tinnitus Practitioners Association (TPA) 3-day Seminar
    TPA Webinar
    Osher Center
    MS Society
    UCSF Department of Neurology

    Bay Area Clinical Research Symposium – Poster Presentation Nov. 2012
    20th Annual Conference On Management of the Tinnitus Patient - Department of Otolaryngology — Head and Neck Surgery Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, The University of Iowa
  • Clinical ExperienceOpen or Close
    3/12 - present
    Northern California MS Society Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Facilitator
    Design and lead MBSR groups for Bay Area MS patients.
    3/10 - 11/12
    Psychologist Research Specialist UCSF Audiology Clinic
    Conducting tinnitus research looking at the Mindfulness Based Tinnitus Stress Reduction (MBTSR) as a treatment.
    6/08 - present
    Psychologist at UCSF Cochlear Implant Center
    Working as part of an interdisciplinary team to determine patient candidacy for an implant. Responsibilities included psychological testing, short-term therapy, consultation, outreach, and referrals.
    6/08 - present
    Private Practice located in San Francisco, CA Lic#: PSY22222
    Providing outpatient mental health services for adults, children, and families with a variety of presenting complaints. Specialties include working through grief and loss, depression, anxiety, and trauma.
    8/03 - 6/08
    Private Practice located in Charleston, SC Lic#: PSY000863
    Provided outpatient mental health services for adults, children, and families with a variety of presenting complaints. Specialties include working through grief and loss, depression, anxiety, and trauma.
    7/07 - 6/08
    Clinical Instructor: Department of Pediatrics
    Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC)
    Led an eight-week outpatient group for parents of children with disabilities.
    8/03 - 7/08
    Consultant to the Cochlear Implant Team
    Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC)
    7/02 - 6/03
    Post-Doctoral Fellowship
    Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital
    Deaf and Hard of Hearing Outpatient Mental Health Program

    Provided outpatient assessment and therapy services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing children, adults, and families. Lead and co-lead group therapy sessions and conduct community outreach services.

    Supervisor: Susan Williams, Ph.D.
    7/00 - 2/02
    Psychology Intern
    Louisiana State University Medical School
    Department of Psychiatry
    Provided outpatient and inpatient assessment and therapy for children, adults, and families. Lead and co-lead group therapy sessions.

    Supervisor: Joy Osofsky, Ph.D. & Jill Hayes-Hammer, Ph.D.
    9/98 - 10/01
    Principal Investigator - Efficacy of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) in the Treatment of PTSD in the Deaf Population
    Designed and conducted a controlled outcome study on the efficacy of this new technique with a population that has not been previously studied.
    9/98 - 6/99
    Advanced Therapy-Diagnostic Practicum
    Shepherd Spinal Center-Multiple Sclerosis Center
    Services provided include clinical services, including neuropsychological assessment and treatment, of inpatients and outpatients with MS. Assist patients and their families with adjustment to MS via individual and group psychotherapeutic contact. Member of inpatient and outpatient MS treatment team headed by a neurologist.

    Supervisor: G. Dean Ericson, Ph.D.
    9/98 - 3/00
    Advanced Therapy & Diagnostic Practicum
    Private Practice
    Worked with Deaf and hard of hearing clients, adjusting to traumatic injury, head injury, and chronic illness. Provided services in the following clinical areas: Neuropsychological assessment, pain management, treatment of anxiety, phobias, panic attack, PTSD, and treatment of the psychological components of medical problems.

    Supervisor: G. Dean Ericson, Ph.D.
    6/99 - 6/00
    GroupTherapy - "Accomodator"
    Worked as an accomodator for a Psychomotor-TA-Gestalt therapy group.

    Supervisor: Joel Rachelson, Ph.D.
    7/99 - 1/00
    Research Assistant
    A Controlled Study of EMDR vs. Prolonged Exposure in the Treatment of PTSD in Rape Victims
    Conducted telephone screenings/making initial contact with potential subjects, making appropriate referrals, conducting face to face assessment interviews, administration of PTSD measures (SCID, Clinician Administered PTSD Scale-CAPS, self-report measures), preparation and organization of research materials, and scoring measures.

    Supervisor: Barbara Rothbaum, Ph.D.
    9/97 - 6/97
    Therapy Practicum
    Georgia Institute of Technology
    College Counseling and Career Planning Center
    Practicum training providing outpatient services to graduate and undergraduate university students. Services provided include individual and group counseling and psychotherapy, crisis intervention, campus community outreach, vocational testing, and academic and career counseling. Completed 500 hours of training.

    Supervisors: A. Jay Beard, Ph.D. & Gayle Roberts, Ed.D.
    7/97 - 9/97
    Therapy/DiagnosticPracticum
    University of California, San Francisco
    Department of Psychiatry Center on Deafness

    Practicum training providing outpatient services to Deaf adults and children and clients participating in the Deaf AIDS Project (DAP). Services included individual therapy, group therapy, community outreach, psychometric testing including both objective and projective testing, scoring of protocols, the preparation of written reports, and feedback to families, and Cochlear Implant eligibility assessment and education. Completed 120 hours of training including 10 hours of supervision.

    Supervisor: Peggy Kelly, Ph.D.
    1/97 - 8/97
    Diagnostic Practicum
    The Emory Clinic
    Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
    Practicum training with children and adolescents suspected of having ADD and/or learning disabilities, and children being treated for various cancers. Conducted psychological assessment which includes semi- and structured interviewing of children, their parents, and their teachers, psychometric testing including both objective and projective testing, scoring of protocols, the preparation of written reports, and feedback to families. Participated in ongoing research with children with cystic fibrosis. Completed 500 hours of training.

    Supervisor: Ronald T. Brown, Ph.D.
    6/96 - 8/96
    Institute on Mental Health and Rehabilitation
    University of California, San Francisco
    Department of Psychiatry Center on Deafness
    Participated in a six-week intensive training program related to Mental Health and Deafness. Coursework included Psychological Assessment of Deaf Clients, Psychosocial Aspects of Deafness, and Audiology. Worked as a sign language interpreter for classes and workshops.

    Supervisors: Peggy Kelly, Ph.D. & Elizabeth Charleson, Ph.D.
    6/96 - 8/96
    Toolworks
    Center for Developmentally Delayed Deaf Adults
    San Francisco, CA

    Counseled Deaf and hard-of-hearing clients with developmental delays for a 20-week internship. Services included job training/coaching, community outreach, group and individual counseling.

    Supervisor: Hilde Schlesinger, M.D.
    1/94 - 1/95
    Parent Advisor, SKI*HI Georgia Pines Parent-Infant Deafness Clinic
    Clarkston, Georgia

    Counseled parents on issues related to their child's hearing loss. Informed parents about services provided by the state and local government to empower parents to make educated decisions for their child's future. Worked with newly diagnosed Deaf infants and their parents on exercises to facilitate speech development.
    8/94 - 8/95
    Sign Language Interpreter
    Georgia Council for the Hearing Impaired-Mental Health Services, Inc.
    Decatur, Georgia

    Provided sign language interpreting for Deaf adults in a variety of counseling settings: Group Counseling, Family Counseling, Individual Counseling, Crisis Intervention, and Alcohol and Drug Support Services.
  • Group Facilitation ExperienceOpen or Close
    2/13 - 4/13
    MBSR for MS group leader
    4/11 - 6/11
    Mindfulness Based Tinnitus Stress Reduction (MBTSR) group leader
    1/07 - 8/08
    Support Group for Parents of Children with Disabilities
    2/04 & 6/04
    MUSC Cochlear Implant Team Parent Support Group
    7/03 - 1/04
    Separation & Divorce Group
    Co-facilitated support group for the Center for Women of Charleston, SC
    8/94 - 6/95
    Program Assistant, Health Promotion & Education Dept.
    Gallaudet University
    Washington, DC
    Worked with students, faculty & staff to promote and educate about health issues facing college students. Planned fairs and conducted workshops related to health issues (e.g., stress management, AIDS, alcohol & drugs, safe sex).
    6/93 - 8/93 &
    6/94 - 8/94
    Camping Coordinator at the Aspen Camp School for the Deaf
    Aspen, Colorado

    Worked with Deaf and hard of hearing children, 8-18 years of age. Planned, organized, and led backpacking and camping expeditions. Skills taught include basic camping and survival skills, map and compass reading, recreational games, problem-solving skills, leadership development, nature programming and Native American studies related to outdoor living. Assumed responsibilities of health supervisor.
    8/92 - 6/93
    Class Advisor, Presidents Leadership Class
    University of Colorado, Boulder

    Instructor and peer counselor for 10 college freshman scholars. Created a unique syllabus based on experiential activities and discussion. Weekly recitations met to discuss topics such as leadership and community development. Generated a high level of enthusiasm and commitment among students. Created a positive learning environment. Developed lesson plans geared to engage and challenge the students at the college level.
  • Teaching ExperienceOpen or Close
    2/12 - present
    Tinnitus Practitioners Association (TPA)
    Instructor of Mindfulness & Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

    Teaching weekend seminars across the US to audiologists on the topic of Tinnitus and its treatment.
    1/09 - 2011
    American Sign Language Instructor
    San Francisco Jewish Community Center

    Taught an introductory sign language course to adults in the San Francisco community. Prepared and delivered lectures and activities to teach sign language and sensitivity to Deaf culture.
    1/01 - 4/01
    American Sign Language Instructor
    Jewish Community Center of New Orleans

    Taught an introductory sign language course to adults in the New Orleans community.
    4/97 - 6/00
    American Sign Language Instructor
    Emory University Continuing Ed. Department

    Taught an introductory sign language course to adults in the Atlanta community. Prepared and delivered lectures and activities to teach sign language and sensitivity to Deaf culture.
    1/96 - 6/00
    American Sign Language Instructor/Private Tutor
    Emory University
    Georgia School of Professional Psychology
    8/95 - 1/96
    American Sign Language Instructor
    Atlanta Jewish Community Center
    8/94 - 6/95
    English Tutor
    Gallaudet University
    Washington, DC

    Provided private English tutoring to Deaf and hard of hearing college students.
    11/93 - 9/95
    Substitute Teacher at the Model Secondary School for the Deaf, the Atlanta Area School for the Deaf & Clarkston High School Hearing-Impaired Program
    8/93 - 1/94
    Instructional Aide
    Atlanta Area School for the Deaf
    Worked 40 hours per week with Deaf children with multiple handicaps, 3-5 years of age. Facilitated classroom activities and worked with children on speech and sign language acquisition, fine motor skills, and independent living skills.
  • Publications, Presentations & WorkshopsOpen or Close
    February 2013
    Mindfulness Based Tinnitus Reduction (MBTR) Study: A Symptom Perception Shift Program, (2013)
    Mindfulness Journal.
    June 2011
    Mindfulness Based Tinnitus Reduction (MBTSR): An ancient therapy brings present day relief
    Australian Tinnitus Association: Tinnitus Talk
    June 2011 Issue
    February 2011
    Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) for Multiple Sclerosis
    UCSF Department of Neurology MS Clinic
    November 2010
    “Mindfulness-based tinnitus therapy is an approach with ancient roots.”
    The Hearing Journal, 2010
    Volume 63 - Issue 11, pp. 52, 54, 56.
    May 2010
    Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for Tinnitus
    Hearing Association of CA
    June 2009
    Cochlear Implants for Late-Deafened Adults: Where we are and where we are headed by the UCSF Medical Center Cochlear Implant Center
    Deaf Counseling, Advocacy and Referral Agency (DCARA)
    San Leandro, CA
    November 2008
    Hope-Based vs. Knowledge-Based Expectations: Bridging the Gap for Cochlear Implant Users
    Northern California Speech and Hearing Center
    April 2006
    The Power of Metaphor as a Therapeutic Tool
    SCPA 2006 Conference
    April 2006
    Serving and Assessing Deaf Clients: Implications for Psychology
    SCPA 2006 Conference
    April 2005
    Pain and Depression: A Mind Body Approach
    Presentation to MUSC community
    February 2005
    Effective Discipline for Your Child
    Presentation to Mt. Pleasant Academy PTA
    January 2005
    Shift Work — Issues and Solutions
    Presentation to Agfa EAP employees
    April 2004
    Deafness: Bridging the Gap
    SCPA 2004 Conference
    June 2003 - 04
    The Grieving Process
    Presentation to Family Connection of SC and parents of children with disabilities
    February 2002
    Treatment of Positive and Negative Symptoms in Adolescent Schizophrenia
    Presentation to New Orleans Adolescent Hospital staff, New Orleans, LA
    April 2001
    EMDR: Efficacy and Mechanism of Action
    Presentation to LSU Psychiatry Residents, New Orleans, LA
    July 1995
    The Relation of Self Image and Academic Placement and Achievement in Hearing Impaired Students Poster presentation at the 18th Annual Conference on Deaf Education, Tel Aviv, Israel

    Published in Resources in Education (RIE) February, 1995
    July 1995
    The Effects of an Outdoor Experiential Education Experience on Deaf and Hard of Hearing Adolescents
    Poster presentation at the 18th Annual Conference on Deaf Education, Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Research ExperienceOpen or Close
    8/10 - present
    Lead Investigator
    Mindfulness Based Tinnitus Reduction (MBTR) Study: A Symptom Perception Shift Program UCSF Audiology Clinic
    2008 - 2010
    Lead Investigator
    Patient's Perceived Benefit from Psychological Services Provided through the UCSF Cochlear Implant Center
    1998 - 1999
    Research Assistant
    A Controlled Study of EMDR vs. Prolonged Exposure in the Treatment of PTSD in Rape Victims
    1998 - 2000
    Controlled outcome research designed and conducted on the Efficacy of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing in the Treatment of PTSD in the Deaf Population
    1995 - 1996
    Research conducted on The Relation of Self Image and Academic Placement and Achievement in Hearing Impaired Students at the University of Colorado, Boulder Speech Sciences Department
    1/94 - 9/95
    Graduate Assistant
    Educational Psychology & Special Education Dept.
    Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA

    Worked as instructional/research assistant to professors of the Deaf/Blind program.
    1/92 - 6/92
    Laboratory Assistant
    Institute of Behavioral Genetics
    University of Colorado, Boulder

    Conducted animal testing to assess the efficacy of drugs on ameliorating alcohol withdrawal effects in humans.

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