Dhara Thakar Meghani

Dhara Meghani

Associate Professor

Full-Time Faculty


Dr. Meghani is a core faculty member and licensed psychologist in the School of Nursing and Health Professions Clinical Psychology PsyD program. She served as the PsyD Program Director from 2021 - 2024. 

Dr. Meghani is the founder of Parentline, a free telehealth service that provides emotional support and counseling to parents of children from birth to five years of age. Her research examines the impact of inclusive, culturally responsive, and evidence-based interventions focused on reducing stress, anxiety, and depression in the transition to parenthood. Students may receive training in the Parentline approach through a supplemental training opportunity in the USF PsyD Program. Parentline also partners with community agencies, non-profit organizations, and employers to provide consultation, training, parent support groups, and psychoeducational workshops.


  • 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 Areas

  • Perinatal, infant, and early childhood mental health
  • Telehealth interventions, access, and equity
  • Graduate student education and professional development


  • 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


  • 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

Prior Experience

  • Board Member, Natural Resources All Families Foundation
  • 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

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

Selected Publications

  • Marsden, N.A.* & Meghani, D.T. (2023). Self-efficacy in the transition to parenthood: A closer look at general self-efficacy. International Journal of Birth and Parent Education, 10(4), 37-41. 

  • 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. & Harvey, E.A. (2016). Asian Indian international students’ trajectories of depression, acculturation, and enculturation. Asian American Journal of Psychology, 7(1), 1-14.