Dhara Thakar Meghani

Dhara Thakar Meghani

Associate Professor

Program Director • Full-Time Faculty

(415) 422-4246 Cowell Hall, 308

Biography

Dr. Meghani is a core faculty member, licensed psychologist, and program director in the School of Nursing and Health Professions Clinical Psychology PsyD program. Her research concerns the promotion of infant and perinatal mental health and family relationships through the design and implementation of inclusive, culturally attuned, evidence-based interventions aimed to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression in the transition to parenthood.

Dr. Meghani is the founder of Parentline, a free telehealth service that provides psychological support to parents of children from birth to three years of age. Parentline also partners with community agencies, non-profit organizations, and employers to provide consultation, training, parent support groups and psychoeducational workshops.

Appointments
Program Director, Clinical Psychology PsyD Program
Co-Chair, University Academic Integrity Committee
Member, School of Nursing and Health Professions Peer Review Committee
Member, School of Nursing and Health Professions Academic Standards Committee
Faculty Advisor, Clinical Psychology PsyD Program Peer Mentoring Program
Co-Chair, Clinical Psychology PsyD Program Comprehensive Exams Committee
Education
UCSF/ZSFG Clinical Psychology Training Program, Clinical Internship and Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2009-2011
University of Massachusetts Amherst, PhD in Clinical Psychology, 2010
University of Massachusetts Amherst, MS in Clinical Psychology, 2007
UC Berkeley, BA in Psychology (Anthropology minor), 2003
Experience
Assistant Professor in Applied Human Development, Erikson Institute
Staff Clinician, Center for Children and Families, Erikson Institute
Project Director, Fussy Baby Network MIECHV Training Grant, Erikson Institute
Expertise
Child, adolescent, and family psychology
Psychodynamic, brief/strategic, and solutions-focused therapy
South Asian diaspora acculturation and mental health
Program development and community partnerships
Research
Perinatal, infant, and early childhood mental health
Telehealth interventions, access, and equity
Graduate student education and professional development
Selected Publications

Meghani, D.T. (2020). Finding predictability in uncertain times: 6 tips for parents. Medium [web log]. 

Meghani, D.T. & Ferm, B.R. (2019). Development of a Standardized Patient Evaluation Exam: An innovative model for health service psychology programs. Training and Education in Professional Psychology.

Meghani, D.T. (2019). Self-care together: Strategies that benefit early career psychology faculty and psychology doctoral trainees. Psychotherapy Bulletin, 54(2), 5-12.

Meghani, D.T. (2018). Promoting resilience through early parenting challenges. Profiles in Community-Engaged Learning, University of San Francisco, 2017-18, 32-34.

Meghani, D.T. & Harvey, E.A. (2016). Asian Indian international students’ trajectories of depression, acculturation, and enculturation. Asian American Journal of Psychology, 7(1), 1-14.

Thakar, D.A., Coffino, B., & Lieberman, A.F. (2013). Maternal symptomatology and parent-child relationship functioning in a diverse sample of young children exposed to trauma. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 26, 217-224

Awards & Distinctions

University of San Francisco Office of the Provost Community-Engaged Learning Award, 2020

University of San Francisco Office of the Provost Educational Effectiveness Award, 2019

Constellation Philanthropy Training Grant, Co-PI, 2019

American Psychological Association Division 37 Early Career Research Grant, 2018

University of San Francisco Office of the Provost Mentor of the Year, 2018

Asian American Journal of Psychology Feature Article (First Author), March 2016