Hamaseh Kianfar

Hamaseh Kianfar, LMFT, EdD

Adjunct Professor

Part-Time Faculty


Professor Hamaseh Kianfar is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from University of California 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 psychiatric emergency unit, 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 Behavioral Health Practitioner for the County of Marin's Behavioral Health and Human Services and is a committee member with the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (CAMFT).


  • Trauma and incarceration
  • Community mental health

Research Areas

  • Trauma informed practices
  • Incarceration
  • Community mental health
  • Cultural humility


  • Commission Member for District 1, Marin County Human Rights Commission
  • Committee Member with the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (CAMFT)


  • 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 Behavioral Health Practitioner, Marin County Behavioral Health and Human Services
  • Clinician at Psychiatric Emergency, Sonoma County Department of Health Services
  • Clinical Supervisor (at LCA) working with clients who are on Adult Probation, San Francisco
  • Program Manager (at CWW) working with clients who are incarcerated in San Francisco County Jails
  • 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