Patty Moran, PhD

Patty Moran
Research Specialist, UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine Clinical Psychologist, UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

Areas of Interest

  • Mindfulness-based interventions for health conditions
  • Psychological adjustment in chronic or serious illness
  • Coping at the end of life

Experience and Current Work

Since 2002, Dr. Patty Moran has been the project director for a number of patient-oriented behavioral studies at the Osher Center, including two National Institutes of Health Center of Excellence randomized controlled clinical trials examining mindfulness-based interventions. Current projects include a study of low-carb diet and mindfulness for adults with Type 2 diabetes, and a study of teacher factors on participant outcomes in mindfulness-based stress reduction. Dr. Moran also helps mentor fellows, trainees, and junior faculty on the planning and execution of their clinical studies, providing input on aspects of study design, implementation, and management.

In addition to her research position at the Osher Center, Dr. Moran is also a clinical psychologist in the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, where she uses cognitive-behavioral, emotion-focused, and mindfulness-based approaches to help cancer patients and their family members cope with a wide array of concerns and symptoms related to cancer diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship. In collaboration with the UCSF Cancer Resource Center, she facilitates the General Cancer Support Group, a 90-minute weekly group session that is open to adults with all types and stages of cancer.

Education and Training

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Psychology and Medicine, UCSF 
  • Clinical Internship, Behavioral Medicine Specialization, Palo Alto Veterans Administration Hospital
  • PhD, Clinical Psychology, University of Iowa


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