Mark Purcell, PsyD

Clinical Psychologist

Biography

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

Education

 

San Francisco, CA

CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF INTEGRAL STUDIES

Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program – APA Accredited

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

Master of Arts - Clinical Psychology (2004)

Cambridge, MA

HARVARD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF EDUCATION

Department of Human Development & Psychology

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

Bronx, NY

FORDHAM UNIVERSITY

University Honors Program

Bachelor of Science - Psychology (1992)

Training

 

South San Francisco, CA

2006-2007

Kaiser Permanente - Addiction Medicine, Dept. of Psychiatry

Post-doctoral Residency in Clinical Psychology - APA Accredited

 

Oakland CA

2005-2006

Children’s Hospital Oakland - Behavioral Pediatrics

Predoctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology

 

Mountain View, CA

2006-2007

Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC)

Clinical Psychology Practicum

 

Boston, MA

1993-1994

Judge Baker Children's Center - Harvard Medical School

Harvard University Risk & Prevention Practicum

 

Unitas Therapeutic Community

Fordham University Psychology Honors Internship Placement

 

 

Bronx, NY

1990-1992

Experience

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

2000-2001

Berkeley, CA

1998-2000

Buffalo, NY

1996-1998

Queens, NY

1994-1995

Baltimore, MD

1992-1993

 

Courses & Presentations

  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness Based Therapy

    John F. Kennedy University (JFKU)  - Counseling Psychology Graduate Program. Spring (2014)

    Marriage and Family Therapy Theories II

    JFKU. Winter (2014)

    Clinical Case Seminar

    JFKU  - Counseling Psychology Graduate Program. Winter, Spring, (2014) Fall (2013)

    California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) - Counseling Psychology Graduate Program. Spring (2009)

    Trauma and Transformation

    Holy Names University (HNU) - Counseling Psychology Program: Trauma Specialization.

    Fall (2013), Spring/Fall (2012).

    Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

    JFKU  - Counseling Psychology Graduate Program. Fall, 2014

    Current Issues in Family Violence and Protection

    CIIS. Fall (2008-2013)

    Wright Institute - Counseling Psychology Graduate Program. Summer (2013)

    Partner Abuse and Treatment

    Wright Institute. Summer (2011-2012)

    Therapy with Adolescents and Transition Age Youth (TAY)

    CIIS. Summer (2012)

    Child and Adolescent Therapy

    CIIS. Spring (2012)

     

     

     

  • Purcell, M & Murphy, J. (2014) Mindfulness for Teen Anger: DBT and MBSR Skills to Identify Your Anger Patterns, Find Emotional Balance, and Keep Your Anger from Getting Out of Control. New Harbinger Publications. Berkeley, CA

    Purcell, M. (2006) Surviving Inner-City War Zones: Trauma and Resiliency Among Urban Youth Exposed to Community Violence. Doctoral Dissertation, California Institute of Integral Studies. San Francisco, CA.

    Eismann, E. & Purcell, M. (1992) Dreamwork with children and adolescents in group therapy. Journal for Child and Adolescent Group Therapy.

    Purcell, M (2009). DBT Skills Group Training Manual. Unpublished Treatment Manual, Edgewood Center for Children and Families. San Francisco, CA. (Primary Author)

    Purcell, M (2009) DBT Skills Group Workbook for Youth and Families. Unpublished Treatment Manual, Edgewood Center for Children and Families. San Francisco, CA. (Primary Author)

    Common Permanency Planning Core Training for Child Welfare Workers (1999). New York State Child Welfare/Child Protective Service Training Project. (Contributing Author).

  • DBT Principles and Skills for Residential Treatment - Four Day Training

    Edgewood Center for Children and Families. San Francisco (2013)

    DBT Skills for Medical Social Workers.

    Lucille Packard, Stanford Children’s Hospital.  Palo Alto, CA (2011-2014)

    Trauma Diagnosis & Treatment.

    Lucille Packard, Stanford Children’s Hospital. Palo Alto, CA (2013)

    Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Training.

    Edgewood Center for Children and Families. San Francisco (2013)

    Identifying Developmental Issues in Young Children.

    Parents Place sponsored training in Palo Alto Preschools. Palo Alto (2012).

    Understanding ADHD - Parent Workshop

    Parents Place. Palo Alto, CA (2012)

    Managing Challenging Behaviors - Parent Workshop

    Parents Place. Palo Alto, CA (2012)

    Identifying Developmental Issues - Parent Workshop

    Parents Place. Palo Alto, CA (2012)

    Vicarious Trauma

    San Mateo Medical Center. San Mateo, CA (2011)

    Helping Foster Youth with Birth Family Connections

    SF Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). San Francisco (2011)

    Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Training.

    Edgewood Center for Children and Families. San Francisco (2011, 2010)

    Domestic Violence & Impact Upon Youth

    Larkin Street Youth Services. San Francisco (2010)

    Suicide Assessment and Intervention

    Alternative Family Services. San Francisco (2010)

     

  • Trauma-Related Symptoms and Interventions

    Alternative Family Services. San Francisco (2009)

    DBT Training for Clinicians & Support Staff

    Edgewood Center for Children and Families. San Francisco (2009)

    Communication Strategies and Strengths-Based Practice

    Hickman Homes. San Francisco (2009)

    Crisis Intervention for High Risk Youth.

    Larkin Street Youth Services.San Francisco (2009)

    Working with Challenging Behaviors

    SF Boys & Girls Homes. San Francisco (2009)

    Anger Management

    Walden House Adolescent Services. San Francisco (2009)Clinical Case Management

    Family Support Services. San Francisco (2009)

    Substance Abuse & Dual Diagnosis

    San Francisco Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). San Francisco (2008)

    Positive Discipline & Behavior Management

    Walden House. San Francisco (2009)

    Adolescent Mental Health Issues

    New Directions. San Francisco (2009)

    Crisis Intervention for High Risk Youth

    Larkin Street Youth Services. San Francisco (2009)

    Working with Challenging Behaviors

    SF Boys & Girls Homes. San Francisco (2009)

    Conflict Resolution

    San Francisco Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). San Francisco (2009)

    Communication Skills & Strengths-Based Practice

    Family Support Services. San Francisco (2009)

    Learning & Developmental Disabilities

    Family Support Services. San Francisco (2009)

    Interdisciplinary Concurrent Planning for Child Welfare Professionals

    University of California at Berkeley, School of Social Welfare. Riverside, CA(2000)

    New York State Child Welfare/Child Protective Services Core Training

    Buffalo State College: Center for Development of Human Services. Albany, NY (1998)

  • Autism Research Program: Autism Treatment

    Congressionally Directed Medical Research, Department of Defense (CDMRP/ DOD). Scientific Review Officer (SRO). Washington, D.C. (2010)

    Special Education Research

    Institute of Education Science (IES). Scientific Review Officer (SRO). Washington, D.C. (2010)

    Identification and Differentiation of Traumatic Brain Injury and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in OEF/OIF Veterans

    Veterans Affairs Medical Center - War-Related Illness and Injury Study Center. Scientific Review Officer (SRO). Washington, D.C. (2010)

    Traumatic Brain Injury Research Program: Diagnosis and Treatment of Brain Injury.

    Defense Medical Research and Development Program (DMRDP) for the Department of Defense (DOD). Scientific Review Officer (SRO). Washington, D.C. (2010)

    Autism Research Program: Autism Research Award.

    CDMRP/ DOD. Scientific Review Officer (SRO). Washington, D.C. 2010

    Autism Research Program: Synergistic Idea Award.

    CDMRP/ DOD. Scientific Review Officer (SRO). Washington, D.C. 2010

    Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury Research Program: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Treatment and Intervention.

    CDMRP/ DOD. Scientific Reviewer. Washington, D.C. 2010

  • California Licensed Psychologist (PSY 23702)

    2009 - Present

    California Registered Psychologist

    2005 - 2009

  • American Psychological Association (APA)

Mark C. Purcell, PsyD

E-mail: mark@drmarkpurcell.com

Ph 650.421.6518

Office

1139 San Carlos Avenue, Suite 303

San Carlos, CA 94070