Mardi J. Horowitz, MD - Contact Information

Mardi J. Horowitz, MD

Title: Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry


UC Berkeley, BAUCSF, MD

Postgraduate Training:

UCSF, Psychiatry Residency; San Francisco Psychoanalytic Institute; certified in Psychoanalysis by Amercian Psychoanalytic Association; certified by Amercian Board of Psychiatry and Neurology; NIMH Research Scientist Development Awards; Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University.

Biography Summary:

Dr. Horowitz directed the NIMH Center on Stress and Personality and the Program on Conscious and Unconscious Mental Processes of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. He directed of the Second Opinion Consultations on Psychotherapy Treatments program and the Survivors Clinic at Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute.

Clinical Expertise:

Dr. Horowitz is an expert on stress, trauma, grief, relationships, identity, personality, psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, and conscious and unconscious processes.

Educational Expertise:

Dr. Horowitz is past president of both the San Francisco Psychoanalytic Institute and the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis. He is knowledgeable about clinical research on stress and personality, case formulation, and evidence-based psychotherapy. He can teach emotion, memory, person schemas, and processes of personality strengthening.

Research Areas:

Impact of stress, loss, defense mechanisms, identity and person-schematic change processes.


Grieving As Well As Possible by Mardi Horowitz, MD

 Grieving As Well As Possible

This recent release from Dr. Horowitz contains practical advice for people who have sustained a serious loss, including the death of a loved one, divorce, loss of a home, or sudden disability, and for those close to them. Arranged sequentially in terms of expectable reactions, the book is illustrated with thought provoking and inspiring stories, including his own, which show what "as well as possible" can mean to the reader.

Stress Response Syndromes, Fifth Edition Stress, Response Syndromes:
PTSD, Grief, Adjustment, and Dissociative Disorders

Dr. Horowitz's book, Stress Response Syndromes: PTSD, Grief, Adjustment, and Dissociative Disorders, has been released in a revised fifth edition.The classic first edition contributed to establishing post traumatic stress disorder as a diagnosis.

Dr. Horowitz's other books include Assessment Based Treatment for PTSD, and A Course in Happiness, which examines the mastery of stress as a route towards greater contentment.

Campus Location: Parnassus

Publications on PubMed »

Second Opinion Consultations on Psychotherapy Treatments Program
Grieving As Well As Possible
Mardi Horowitz's Website
UCSF Depression Center


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