Mark Purcell, PsyD

Clinical Psychologist


Mark has been working in various aspects of the mental health field for over twenty years with a primary focus upon the needs of youth and families. His professional experience has ranged from providing psychotherapy to youth  to developing specialized treatment programs and teaching professionals and graduate students. In addition to teaching and training, Mark provides therapy to youth and adults in his private practice in San Carlos, CA. Mark has particular interests in Mindfulness based therapeutic approaches, such as DBT and MBSR. He also has research interests in the effects of Trauma, and effective treatment modalities. He recently co-authored, Mindfulness for Teen Anger which integrates these interests into a self-help workbook for adolescents.



Mark received his Master’s Degree from Harvard University’s Risk and Prevention Program in 1994 and his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in 2006. His doctoral dissertation focused upon trauma and resiliency among urban youth exposed to community violence. Mark's clinical training included internships and fellowships at: Judge Baker’s Children’s Center, CHAC, Oakland Children’s Hospital, and Kaiser Permanente’s Department of Psychiatry/Chemical Dependency. Additionally, Mark has been trained in specific evidence-based treatment approaches, including: Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT); Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR); and, Attachment Focused Family Therapy.


Mark was the clinical coordinator for Edgewood’s Turning Point Program where he worked with adolescents and young adults with moderate psychiatric disorders in an intensive community-based program. While there, he develeped and led their DBT Program, and supervised clinicians. He continues to supervise MFT and Psychology Interns and provide group supervision. Mark served as the Child Psychologist at Parents Place in Palo Alto, where he also led workshops for parents and helping professionals. At his private practice in San Carlos, Mark provides psychological services to children, adolescents and adults with a range of issues.


As a professor and training specialist, Mark has provided interactive training and graduate level courses to mental health professionals and counseling graduate students. He was a Training Specialist at UC Berkeley, and Adjunct Faculty at numerous San Francisco Bay Area Graduate Programs. Currently, Mark is Assistant Professor at John F. Kennedy University in the Counseling Psychology Graduate Program. He continues to provide professional training and lectures at non-profit agencies and universities.

Education & Experience



San Francisco, CA


Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program – APA Accredited

Doctorate of Psychology - Clinical Psychology, Child & Family Therapy (2006)

Master of Arts - Clinical Psychology (2004)

Cambridge, MA


Department of Human Development & Psychology

Master of Education - Concentration in Risk & Prevention (1994)

Bronx, NY


University Honors Program

Bachelor of Science - Psychology (1992)



South San Francisco, CA


Kaiser Permanente - Addiction Medicine, Dept. of Psychiatry

Post-doctoral Residency in Clinical Psychology - APA Accredited


Oakland CA


Children’s Hospital Oakland - Behavioral Pediatrics

Predoctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology


Mountain View, CA


Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC)

Clinical Psychology Practicum


Boston, MA


Judge Baker Children's Center - Harvard Medical School

Harvard University Risk & Prevention Practicum


Unitas Therapeutic Community

Fordham University Psychology Honors Internship Placement



Bronx, NY



John F. Kennedy University

Assistant Professor - Counseling Psychology Graduate Program

California Institute of Integral Studies

Adjunct Professor -  Counseling Psychology Graduate Program

Community Mental Health Program

Holy Names University

Adjunct Professor - Counseling Psychology Graduate Program

Trauma Specialization Program

The Wright Institute

Adjunct Professor - Counseling Psychology Graduate Program

SRA International

Scientific Review Officer - Peer Review and Scientific Management

Psychotherapy Private Practice

Licensed Psychologist


Parents Place - Jewish Family and Children's Services

Child Psychologist

Edgewood Center for Children and Families

Clinical Coordinator - Full Service Partnership Program

City College of San Francisco

Faculty - Foster Care Staff Training

Glide Memorial Services

Clinical Supervisor - Supportive Housing Complex

University of California at Berkeley

Training Specialist - School of Social Welfare, CALSWEC

Buffalo State College

Training Specialist - Center for Development of Human Services

Queensborough Community College

Program Director - Liberty Partnership Program

University of Maryland

Intensive Case Manager - The Choice Program


San Jose, CA

2014 - Present

San Francisco, CA

2007 - Present


Oakland, CA

2009 - Present


Berkeley, CA

2009 - Present

Washington, DC

2008 - Present


San Carlos, CA

2004 - Present

Palo Alto, CA

2011 - 2013

San Carlos, CA

2007 - 2011

San Francisco, CA

2008 - 2010

San Francisco, CA


Berkeley, CA


Buffalo, NY


Queens, NY


Baltimore, MD



Mark C. Purcell, PsyD


Ph 650.421.6518

San Carlos Office

1139 San Carlos Avenue, Suite 303

San Carlos, CA 94070

Pleasanton Office

1811 Santa Rita Road, Suite 216

Pleasanton, CA 94566