Northern California CBT Network

Leadership Committee

The NCCBT Network Leadership Committee is comprised of founding and long-standing members and is responsible for establishing policy, organizing/implementing the activities of the NCCBT Network, upholding the Mission and Bylaws of the NCCBT Network, and making administrative decisions for the NCCBT Network. Learn more about our other Committees.


Lynn Martin, RN, MS, PMH-CNS

Co-President

Lynn Martin has been President of the NCCBT Network since its inception in 2005, and was one of nine of its original founding members. She will move out of the Presidential role to become President Emeritus at the end of 2022. Lynn Martin is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist. She is fortunate to have worked, trained and offered training at world renowned Departments of Psychiatry: Yale, Columbia, Cornell and UCSF. Throughout her career, she has provided evidence based psychological and psychiatric treatments to adults and teens, and has worked on research in both biologic psychiatry and cognitive behavioral psychotherapy. She has co-authored >15 articles in peer reviewed journals. She is certified by the Academy of Cognitive Therapy as a Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapist, Trainer and Consultant. She currently works at the San Francisco VA Medical Center with older medically ill veterans with co-occurring psychiatric or neurocognitive care needs and has a private practice working with adults and teens with Anxiety and Mood Disorders. 


Janie Hong, PhD

Co-President

Janie Hong, PhD (she/her) is a licensed clinical psychologist and Clinical Associate Professor at Stanford University School of Medicine. At Stanford, she serves as Associate Director of the Adult Clinical Psychology Fellowship program and as Director of the Anxiety and Depression Adult Psychological Treatment (ADAPT) Clinic. She also is a founding partner at the Redwood Center for CBT and Research, where she maintains a small private practice. Dr. Hong’s research and clinical work has primarily focused on expanding our templates of mental health to include diverse populations. She is deeply committed to improving care for culturally diverse and neurodiverse individuals. 


Melinda White, LMFT

Co-Treasurer


Melinda White is a licensed psychotherapist specializing in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She has worked extensively with adults, teens and children with ADHD, anxiety, depression, social phobia, obsessive compulsive disorder, trichotillomania and panic disorder. She is a certified cognitive behavioral therapist, certified trainer/consultant and founding fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. She has been an affiliate of the San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy. Melinda is also a professional member of the Anxiety Disorders Association and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy. She served for two years as the Educational Coordinator for the U.C. Berkeley site of the National Institute of Mental Health’s multi-modal treatment study of ADHD. She was a special education teacher for 15 years and has a life credential as a learning disability specialist. She is currently in private practice in Berkeley, California.


Joan Davidson, PhD

Membership Committee Co-Chair
Educational Series Committee Member

Dr. Davidson is Co-Director and a Co-Founder of the San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy and Assistant Professor in the Clinical Sciences Program at the University of California, Berkeley. She is a Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, Co-Vice Chair for the Professional Education Committee of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, member of the Board of Directors for OCD SF Bay Area, and a founding/leadership committee member of the NCCBT Network for 17 years. For over thirty years, Dr. Davidson has specialized in treating adults with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), anxiety and mood disorders, problems with body focused repetitive behaviors (e.g., hair pulling and skin picking) and related problems. She provides consultation and supervision to students and licensed professionals, and she presents workshops for consumers and professionals both locally and nationally. She is the author of Daring to Challenge OCD and co-author of A Transdiagnostic Road Map to Case Formulation and Treatment Planning. She co-authored book chapters on cognitive behavioral case formulation, and co-authored and co-published a videotape series and book, The Essential Components of Cognitive-Behavior Therapy for Depression.


Sharon Smith, LMFT

Social Networking Events Committee Co-Chair
Membership Committee Co-Chair

Sharon Smith is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and one of the founding members of the NCCBT Network. She received her masters' degrees in Counseling and Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis, MO, and has been in private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 30 years. Her specialties include the treatment of anxiety disorders (OCD/ERP, phobias, panic, social, health and performance anxiety), mood disorders, career and/or work-related issues, parenting/grandparenting, and life transitions. Sharon works with late adolescents (18 and up), adults and couples and particularly enjoys working with college and graduate students. Sharon is goal-focused and collaborative with clients and incorporates ACT, DBT, mindfulness and motivational interviewing (MI) into sessions.


Daniela Owen, PhD

Educational Series Committee Co-Chair

Daniela Owen, PhD, is a licensed psychologist and assistant director of the San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy. Daniela is an Assistant Professor in the Clinical Sciences Program at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of Cognitive Behavior Therapy for OCD in Youth and the children’s books: Right Now, I am Fine, Right now, I am Brave, Right now, I am Kind, Everyone Feels Angry SometimesEveryone Feels Anxious Sometimes, and Everyone Feels Sad Sometimes. Daniela treats anxiety, OCD, mood disorders, attention and concentration problems, social skills deficits, transition challenges in children, adolescents, and adults. She also specializes in couples’ communication, satisfaction within relationships, and effective parenting strategies. Daniela is committed to incorporating Evidence-Based Treatments into her work.


Nancy Liu, PhD

Educational Series Committee Co-Chair

Nancy Liu, PhD, is an Associate Clinical Professor at the University of California, Berkeley where she is also the Clinic Director of the UC Berkeley Psychology Clinic & Center for Assessment, the graduate training clinic of the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program. There she supervises graduate students and teaches graduate-level courses in interviewing, case formulation, treatment, and legal/ethical issues. She has a small private practice where she focuses on adults with complex trauma, depression, and anxiety. She has clinical and research interests in improving cognitive-behavioral treatments for underserved populations as well as clinical training in evidence-based practices. In the past, she has been a Clinical Psychologist with the National Center for PTSD and a Consultant with the World Health Organization.

John R. Montopoli, LMFT, LPCC

Co-Treasurer
Social Networking Committee Co-Chair

John R. Montopoli, LMFT, LPCC, is a licensed psychotherapist in California. He completed an intensive post-graduate training program in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy at the prestigious Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. John is a Diplomate with the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT). He offers clinical services through a clinic he founded and directs, Pacific Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. John also serves on the board for the National Social Anxiety Center. In his spare time, John enjoys studying the Italian language, traveling, and anything related to beaches.


Katherine Schulz, LCSW

Membership Committee Co-Chair

Katherine Schulz is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, specializing in treating adults with mood and anxiety disorders, trauma, and borderline personality disorder. She has over 20 years of clinical experience and extensive training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), DBT with Prolonged Exposure (DBT-PE), DBT for Families, Couples and Parents, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness. Katherine received her MS in Social Work from Columbia University School of Social Work and DBT certification with the DBT Linehan Board of Certification. She has worked in hospital social work and behavioral health in New York, Atlanta, Charlotte, and Southern California before moving to the Bay Area in 2008. Her practice is in the East Bay and she specializes in evidenced based treatments for clients with emotion dysregulation. Katherine currently offers full DBT for adults, Advanced DBT Group, DBT PE for trauma, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and ERP for clients with panic and anxiety disorders. She is a member of the Pacific DBT Collaborative consultation team. Katherine and her husband have lived in the Bay Area since 2008 and have 2 young adult children.


Simone Madan, PhD

Social Networking Committee Co-Chair 
Educational Series Committee Member

Simone K. Madan, PhD is licensed clinical psychologist in San Francisco. She is a certified cognitive behavioral therapist, trainer, and a founding fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. In her private practice, she treats adult and pediatric anxiety disorders, body focused repetitive behaviors, health behavior, and chronic disease management. Dr. Madan retired from her clinical role of 22 years in providing treatment for chronic disease management in the Department of Medicine, University of California San Francisco. She continues to teach and train UCSF residents, medical students, and professional staff as a volunteer assistant clinical professor. She often writes and presents for professional audiences.

Original Founding Members

Joan Davidson, PhD

Janie Hong, PhD

Lynn Martin, RN, MS, PMH-CNS

Daniela Owen, PhD

Jacqueline B. Persons, PhD

Sharon Smith, LMFT

Michael A. Tompkins, PhD

Melinda White, LMFT

Robin Yeganeh, PhD

About the Association

The Northern California CBT Network is a tax-exempt  501(C)6 unincorporated association.

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