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Emily Gerber, PhD
Senior Director, Anxiety Disorders Center
Child Mind Institute, San Francisco Bay Area

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Anoushka Dhru, Staff Associate
650.931.6502

Emily Gerber, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and the Senior Director of the Anxiety Disorders Center at the Child Mind Institute’s San Francisco Bay Area clinic. Working in preK–12 schools, juvenile justice, child welfare, and health care, Dr. Gerber has practiced, managed, and improved public and commercial mental health systems of care. Across her career, she has expanded access to evidence-based treatments for thousands of children and families in Massachusetts, New York, Virginia, and California.

Dr. Gerber specializes in evaluating and treating children and adolescents with anxiety, depression, and PTSD. She also works with couples to strengthen and rebuild their relationships, a critical foundation for effective co-parenting. She has additional expertise in family-school partnerships to support teachers and improve children’s learning and school engagement. 

Her clinical expertise includes acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), cognitive processing therapy (CPT), supportive parenting for anxious childhood emotions (SPACE), and trauma-informed CBT. She is experienced in utilizing evidence-informed components of care to effectively treat children and teens with co-occurring disorders, with a mosaic of symptoms that do not neatly fit into one diagnostic category. Her work with couples uses research-based strategies from ACT with LOVE, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and the Gottman method.

Dr. Gerber has dedicated her career to delivering better care where it is needed most, by expanding equitable access to evidence-based treatments for multi-system youth and their families across education, child welfare, and the juvenile and criminal justice systems. 

Her policy and research work has focused on using clinical data to ensure appropriate and effective service delivery, treatment engagement, and positive outcomes for children, youth, and their families. In San Francisco, she was part of the team developing a shared youth database across Child Welfare, the school district, and the Department of Children and Families and Mental Health to keep children in school, at home, and out of trouble. 

In addition, Dr. Gerber was one of the founders of the trauma-informed systems movement in San Francisco, which works to support organizations and communities working together to understand, respond to, and heal trauma. 

Dr. Gerber is the recipient of and served as the principal investigator for multiple grant awards from the Center for Healthcare Strategies (CHCS), NIH, SAMHSA, and the United States Department of Justice. She is committed to expanding access to children’s mental health services by recruiting diverse clinicians into the field and training the next generation of children’s behavioral health leaders.

Experience

  • Director, Mental Health Services, Kaiser Permanente, San Rafael CA
  • Director, Behavioral Health Services, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, Oakland, CA
  • Assistant Director, San Francisco Department of Public Health, Children’s Behavioral Health Services, San Francisco, CA
  • Director, San Francisco Juvenile Justice Behavioral Health Services, San Francisco, CA

Training

  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, NYU Child Study Center, New York, NY
  • Intern and Post-Doctoral Fellow, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
  • Psychology Extern, Berkeley/Albany HeadStart, Berkeley, CA
  • Data Associate, Children’s Hospital Boston, Neighborhood Partnerships Program, Boston, MA

Education

  • PhD, University of California at Berkley 
  • MA, University of California at Berkeley BA, Wesleyan University

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