Hamaseh Kianfar

Hamaseh Kianfar

Adjunct Professor

Part-Time Faculty


Professor Hamaseh Kianfar is a licensed marriage and family therapist who holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from UC Davis, a master’s in marriage and family therapy from the University of San Francisco, and a doctoral degree in organization and leadership from the University of San Francisco.  

Professor Kianfar has worked with the adult and juvenile criminal justice system, the crises unity, and in community mental health for over 18 years.  In addition, she has a trained facilitator in a number of curriculum, including: Parenting from the Inside Out, Thinking for a Change, Seeking Safety, Criminal conduct and substance abuse, and Anger Management.

Professor Kianfar currently works as a Licensed Mental Health Practitioner for the County of Marin's Behavioral Health and Human Services.


  • Trauma and incarceration
  • Community mental health

Research Areas

  • Trauma
  • Community mental health
  • Human rights
  • Cultural humility


  • Commission Member for District 1, Marin County Human Rights Commission


  • University of San Francisco, MFT, 2019
  • University of San Francisco, Ed.D in Organization and Leadership, 2010
  • Dominican University, MS in Psychology, 2000
  • UC Davis, BA in Psychology and Education, 1996

Prior Experience

  • Licensed Mental Health Practitioner, Marin County Behavioral Health and Human Services
  • Crises Unit Clinician, Sonoma County Department of Health Services
  • Clinical Supervisor, Institute on Aging

Selected Publications

  • Living Positively: Narratives of Forgiveness and Imagination among women with HIV
  • A Qualitative study examining HIV antiretroviral adherence counseling and support in community pharmacies