Janie Hong, Ph.D.

510-992-4040 ext. 3


Janie Hong, Ph.D. (PSY22758) is committed to addressing the specific and often unique needs of her patients. She carefully structures the therapy based on the problems identified and ensures high quality care by drawing on the latest in CBT research and interventions. Dr. Hong closely monitors each patient’s progress, and adjusts the treatment based on patient feedback and questionnaire data. She specializes in treating adults who struggle with any of the following problems: chronic worry, extreme fears of being negatively judged, panic attacks or unwanted anxiety, overwhelming negative emotions, obsessive thinking, compulsions, perfectionism, procrastination, work or relationship dissatisfaction, binge eating, social skills deficits, uncertainty about the future, and depression.

Training and Qualifications. Dr. Hong is a licensed psychologist and assistant clinical professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of California at Berkeley, where she supervises graduate students in cognitive behavior therapy (CBT). She completed her doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of British Columbia and spent two years as a lecturer and research fellow in the Department of Psychology at Stanford University.

Dr. Hong has extensive training and experience in providing CBT, and has led numerous workshops and trainings on CBT and individualizing treatments to clinicians, graduate students, psychiatric residents, and community mental health workers. She has also developed community and hospital-based CBT programs.  Dr. Hong is a former partner at the San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy.

Dr. Hong is also invested in understanding the ways a person’s background and values contribute to his/her problems, and tailoring the therapy to respond to these needs. She has particular interest in the ways cultural factors can affect treatment response. She is the President of the Asian American Issues in Behavior Therapy and Research special interest group for the Association of Behavior and Cognitive Therapies, and has presented widely on the importance of diversity issues.

Treatment outcomes. The outcome data for Dr. Hong presented below come from 34 former patients. The depression, anxiety, and stress results were analyzed separately.*

Hong treatment outcomes

The gray bar in the graph corresponds to average scores at the first session of therapy, and the green bar corresponds to average scores at the end of treatment.

This graph presents scores on the Depression, Anxiety, and Stress scales of the DASS (Depression Anxiety and Stress Scales), which is the symptom measure we use most commonly to monitor progress with our patients. Normal, Mild, Moderate, and Severe scores for the DASS are defined as follows:

Depression 0-9 = normal range; 10-13 = mild; 14-20 = moderate; 21-42 = severe
Anxiety 0-7 = normal range; 8-9 = mild; 10-14 = moderate; 15-42 = severe
Stress 0-14 = normal range; 15-18 = mild; 19-25 = moderate; 26-42 = severe

*Disclaimer: These data are general and not specific to individual circumstances. Individual results may vary.

On average, these patients started treatment scoring in the moderate range on the Depression scale, in the moderate range on the Anxiety scale, and in the moderate range on the Stress scale. These same patients ended treatment scoring in the normal range on all three subscales.

*Disclaimer: These results are general and not specific to individual circumstances. Individual results may vary.

Research Interests. Dr. Hong’s primary research interests include: assessing and targeting mechanisms to improve treatment outcome; using a case formulation approach to improve the cultural sensitivity of CBT; identifying cultural factors that impact treatment adherence and outcome; and developing interventions to improve therapy process and outcomes. She has presented at research conferences, published in peer-reviewed journals, and provided community and professional lectures on these topics. Dr. Hong’s work has been recognized with numerous awards and competitive national fellowships.

Selected Publications.

Persons, J.B., Hong, J.J., Eidelman, P. & Owen, D. (In Press). Learning from practice and patients. In J.C.
Norcross, G.R., Vanderbos, & D.K. Freedheim (Eds.), APA handbook of clinical psychology. American
Psychological Association.

Persons, J.B. & Hong, J.J. (2015). Case formulation and the outcome of cognitive behavior therapy. In N.
Tarrier (Ed.), Case formulation in cognitive behaviour therapy (2nd ed.). Routledge

Hong, J. J. (2014). Anxiety disorders in Asians and Asian Americans. Asian Journal of Psychiatry, 7, 74-76.

Hong, J.J. (2013). An idiographic evidence-based approach to addressing cultural factors in treatment: A
case example. the Behavior Therapist, 36, 143-146.

Hall, G, Hong, J.J., Zane, N., Meyer, O. (2011). Culturally competent treatments for Asian Americans: The
relevance of mindfulness and acceptance-based psychotherapies. Clinical Psychology: Science and
Practice, 18,