Lynn McFarr, Ph.D.
Founder and Executive Director
Dr. Lynn McFarr is the Director of the Cognitive Behavioral/Dialectical Behavior Therapy Clinic, Former Interim Training Director/Chief of Psychology at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. She is also a Professor of Health Sciences in the Department of Psychiatry for UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine and the Director of CBT California (CBTC). Dr. McFarr received her Ph.D. from New York University (NYU) in clinical psychology and trained as a cognitive behavioral therapist under Dr. Robert Leahy at the American Institute for Cognitive Therapy in New York City. She completed her internship at the Sepulveda VA and her postdoctoral fellowship at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Dr. McFarr is an award winning trainer of psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers and psychiatric nurses in Cognitive Behavioral Therapies including DBT, CBASP, and ACT. She has twice been acknowledged as Teacher of the Year for the Department of Psychiatry at Harbor-UCLA and has also received Psychologist of the Year from the LA County Department of Mental Health. She lectures for major universities and regularly presents at national and international conferences. Dr. McFarr is a Beck Scholar and is on the executive board for both the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, and The International Association for Cognitive Therapy (IACP). She founded the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Society of Southern California as well as the listserves for the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) and CBASP. Dr. McFarr was the senior editor of Cognitive Therapy for eight years. Dr. McFarr conducts research on supervision, training and adherence in CBT, DBT, CBASP and ACT as well as studies on Therapy Interfering Behaviors and Secondary Targets in DBT. She is a member of the Dialectical Behavior Therapy Strategic Planning Meeting, a consortium of international DBT researchers, and is the Chair of the annual meeting of the International Society for the Improvement and Teaching of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (ISITDBT) for 2014-2015. She is published in the areas of CBT for schizophrenia, medication compliance and adult friendships issues as well as papers on DBT processes and the development of model curricula for training doctoral students in CBT. Dr. McFarr was intensively trained in DBT in 2000 and 2010 and CBASP in 2007.