Poorni Otilingam Lindenfeld, Ph.D.
Dr. Lindenfeld (PSY25378) is a clinical psychologist who specializes in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness-based interventions, and other evidence-based psychotherapies for adults with mood and anxiety disorders, life transitions and/or role adjustments, and sleep-related issues such as insomnia and nightmares. Dr. Lindenfeld emphasizes, in her collaboration with clients, a compassionate dual-pronged focus in increasing quality of life and overall functioning while working to reduce distressing psychological symptoms.
Dr. Lindenfeld received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Southern California. She completed her clinical internship at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System with an emphasis on working with adults who struggled with mental health issues along with other substantive health issues such as terminal diseases, spinal cord injuries, substance abuse, and chronic diseases such as diabetes. Dr. Lindenfeld completed a combined clinical and research fellowship in evidence-based psychotherapies at the San Francisco VA Medical Center (SFVAMC) in 2011, where she trained under the mentorship of Dr. John McQuaid and Dr. Jeremy Doughan. During her fellowship, she provided outpatient care in the General Psychiatric Outpatient Service's CBT Clinic, Mood Disorders Clinic, and the Geropsychology Clinic. She also worked with Dr. McQuaid to promote the dissemination of evidence-based psychotherapies, among VA clinicians and community-based providers.
Prior to joining PAG, Dr. Lindenfeld was a staff psychologist at the SFVAMC, where she provided outpatient care in the CBT Clinic, and enjoyed an additional role of supervising and training doctoral-level psychology trainees. Prior to her postdoctoral fellowship, Dr. Lindenfeld served as adjunct faculty in the Master's of Science in Clinical Psychology program at San Jose State University, where she taught graduate-level courses in Clinical Assessment and Research Methods. Dr. Lindenfeld also served as a community advisor in the UCSF Psychiatry Residency Training Program until the fall of 2016. In that role, she provided weekly CBT consultation to psychiatry residents in their final stages of training. She enjoys periodically teaching third year medical students at UCSF School of Medicine during their psychiatry clerkship at the SFVAMC, where the focus in her course presentations is on the science and art of psychotherapy. Dr. Lindenfeld has expertise in applying evidence-based psychotherapies in treatment, which include CBT and mindfulness-based interventions, for adults and older adults.