David Becker, MD, MPH, MA, LMFT

David Becker
Integrative Pediatrician and Behavior Specialist, UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine Co-Medical Director, UCSF Pain Management Clinic Clinical Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Clinical Specialties at the Osher Center

  • Pediatric integrative medicine
  • Pediatric behavioral health
  • Pediatric chronic pain


Dr. David Becker was a primary care pediatrician at UCSF for 15 years before fully transitioning to integrative medicine and behavioral health at the Osher Center in 2008, shortly after completing fellowship training integrative medicine. He has extensive training and clinical experience with integrative medicine, mind-body strategies, chronic pain management, and clinical psychology.

He sees children and young adults with a range of chronic and complex medical issues, including gastrointestinal conditions, autoimmune conditions, migraine and other headaches, chronic pain, and ADHD. He also does mental health counseling for children and young adults through their mid 20s, focusing on anxiety, depression, and other behavior concerns, as well as family counseling. 

Dr. Becker has a background in global humanitarian aid work with several relief organizations, including Doctors Without Borders. He teaches and lectures nationally and internationally on integrative medicine, mental health, chronic pain management, and mind-body strategies.

Education and Training

  • MA, Clinical Psychology, Wright Institute
  • Psychotherapy Internship, San Francisco Psychotherapy Research Group
  • Teaching Scholars Program, UCSF
  • Fellowship in Integrative Medicine, University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine
  • Pediatric Residency Training, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • MD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • MPH, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Personal Statement and Approach

Integrative pediatrics offers an individualized approach to your child’s care. In my medical practice, treatment recommendations take into account the family’s goals and can consider a range of conventional and complementary modalities depending on the underlying problem and symptom- management needs.

My counseling practice is distinct from the medical practice. In this therapeutic environment, goals are mutually set and my approach is informed by psychodynamic and relational theories, including attachment theory and control-mastery theory. I work with young adults, children, and families on problems including anxiety, depression, and interpersonal difficulties.


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