Margolis, Mason join UCSF Psychiatry faculty

Two new faculty members have recently officially begun their academic appointments with the Department of Psychiatry. Please join us in welcoming both of these new colleagues to our faculty ranks.

Kate Margolis, PhD, has joined the medical staff at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital & Trauma Center as an HS Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, and a full-time member of the ZSFG Division of Infant, Child, and Adolescent Psychiatry, effective November 1. She will serve as the Associate Director of Primary Care Behavioral Health for Pediatrics at ZSFG.

Margolis holds an MS in Counseling, Family & Human Services, and a PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Oregon. She has also completed a clinical internship with the University of Southern California at Children's Hospital Los Angeles and a postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric primary care at Children's Hospital Colorado in Aurora, Colo., as well as a Fulbright U.S. Student Fellowship at the University of Seville. Most recently, she has served as an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry with the University of Colorado School of Medicine and as a pediatric psychologist at Children's Hospital Colorado's Project CLIMB Child Health Clinic.

Ashley Mason, PhD, joined the department as an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine and the UCSF Center for Health and Community's Aging, Metabolism, and Emotions Center, effective October 1. Her primary research interests focus on food-craving experiences, stress-induced eating, and reward-based eating. Earlier this year, she received a K23 Award from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to investigate both the assessment and treatment of compulsive overeating in obesity. She is currently investigating the role of the endogenous opioid system in overeating behavior by using a biological probe to index tendencies to engage in reward-based eating. 

Mason originally came to UCSF as a T32 Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Training in Research in Integrative Medicine (TRIM) program at the Osher Center in 2013, and subsequently served there as an associate specialist. She completed a PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Arizona and a clinical internship in behavioral medicine at the VA Palo Alto HealthCare System. She also holds degrees in psychology and sociology from Northwestern University.

About UCSF Psychiatry

The UCSF Department of Psychiatry and the Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute are among the nation's foremost resources in the fields of child, adolescent, adult, and geriatric mental health. Together they constitute one of the largest departments in the UCSF School of Medicine and the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences, with a mission focused on research (basic, translational, clinical), teaching, patient care, and public service.

UCSF Psychiatry conducts its clinical, educational, and research efforts at a variety of locations in Northern California, including UCSF campuses at Parnassus Heights, Mission Bay, and Laurel Heights, the UCSF Medical Center at Mt. Zion, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, the San Francisco VA Health Care System, and UCSF Fresno.

About the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences

The UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences, established by the extraordinary generosity of Joan and Sanford I. "Sandy" Weill, brings together world-class researchers with top-ranked physicians to solve some of the most complex challenges in the human brain.

The UCSF Weill Institute leverages UCSF’s unrivaled bench-to-bedside excellence in the neurosciences. It unites three UCSF departments—Neurology, Psychiatry, and Neurological Surgery—that are highly esteemed for both patient care and research, as well as the Neuroscience Graduate Program, a cross-disciplinary alliance of nearly 100 UCSF faculty members from 15 basic-science departments, as well as the UCSF Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases, a multidisciplinary research center focused on finding effective treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, frontotemporal dementia, Parkinson’s disease, and other neurodegenerative disorders.

About UCSF

UC San Francisco (UCSF) is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care. It includes top-ranked graduate schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing and pharmacy; a graduate division with nationally renowned programs in basic, biomedical, translational and population sciences; and a preeminent biomedical research enterprise. It also includes UCSF Health, which comprises two top-ranked hospitals, UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco, and other partner and affiliated hospitals and healthcare providers throughout the Bay Area.