Luma Muhtadie

Luma Muhtadie

Adjunct Professor

Part-Time Faculty
Gleeson Library, 4th Floor


Luma Muhtadie, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in the treatment of PTSD and complex trauma, attachment disruptions, and adjustment to major life transitions. She is deeply committed to serving diverse individuals and underserved groups in a culturally responsive way. Dr. Muhtadie previously served as a Staff Psychologist on the PTSD Clinical Team at the San Francisco VA, and as an adjunct professor in the Psychology Department at the California State University Los Angeles and in the Smith College School for Social Work.

Dr. Muhtadie earned her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, where her clinical work and research focused on the role of mind-body connections in stress, mood disorders, and wellness. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the VA Los Angeles Ambulatory Care Center in women’s mental health and trauma psychology. Dr. Muhtadie is a longtime practitioner of yoga and meditation and has traveled internationally to study meditation and co-facilitate workshops that integrate Western affective science with Eastern contemplative practices to foster self-awareness, psychological flexibility, compassion, and equanimity. She has co-authored more than a dozen articles in peer-reviewed journals and contributed as an author and editor to books.


  • Trauma/PTSD
  • Attachment
  • Mind/body connections
  • Psychophysiology

Research Areas

  • Psychophysiology of stress
  • Emotion
  • Interoceptive Awareness


  • UC Berkeley, PhD in Psychology, 2018
  • UC Berkeley, MA in Psychology, 2012

Prior Experience

  • Staff Psychologist, PTSD Clinical Team, San Francisco VA Medical Center
  • Associate Psychologist, Pacific Anxiety Group
  • Adjunct Professor, California State University Los Angeles
  • Adjunct Professor, Smith College School for Social Work

Awards & Distinctions

  • Sheldon J. Korchin Dissertation Prize, UC Berkeley Department of Psychology, 2016
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Research Fellowship, 2010-2014
  • NIMH Pre-Doctoral Training Consortium in Affective Science Fellowship, 2011-2013
  • American Psychological Foundation Violet and Cyril Franks Scholarship, 2010

Selected Publications

  • Muhtadie, L., Haase, C.M., Verstaen, A., Sturm, V.E., Miller, B.L., & Levenson, R.W. (2019). Neuroanatomy of expressive suppression: the role of the insula. Emotion. Advanced online publication. 
  • Muhtadie, L., Koslov, K., Akinola, Modupe, & Mendes, W.B. (2015). Individual differences in vagal flexibility predict social and emotional sensitivity. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 109, 106–120.
  • Muhtadie, L., & Johnson, S.L. (2015). Threat sensitivity in bipolar disorder. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 124, 93–101.
  • Muhtadie, L., Carver, C.S., Gotlib, I.H., Terence A. Ketter, & Johnson, S.L. (2014). A profile approach to impulsivity in bipolar disorder: The key role of strong emotions. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 129, 100-108.
  • Muhtadie, L., Zhou, Q., Eisenberg, N. & Wang, Y. (2013). Predicting internalizing problems in Chinese children: The unique and interactive effects of parenting and child temperament. Development and Psychopathology, 25, 653–667.