Lynn McFarr, Ph.D. Founder and Executive Director
Licensed Psychologist PSY 16799
Dr. Lynn McFarr is the Director of the Cognitive Behavioral/Dialectical Behavior Therapy Clinic, Former Interim Training Director, and former Interim Chief of Psychology at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. She is Professor of Health Sciences in the Department of Psychiatry for the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine and the Founder and Executive Director of CBT California (CBTC). Dr McFarr serves as the Practice Lead for CBT and DBT for the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health where she initiated the Los Angeles County Roll Out of CBT (LACROCBT) training over 1500 front line clinicians to competency in CBT. 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 (AICT) 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, has received Psychologist of the Year from the LA County Department of Mental Health, and also received the Service Award from The Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT). She lectures for major universities and regularly presents at national and international conferences. Dr. McFarr is the President of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, a Beck Scholar, and is the President Elect of The International Association for Cognitive Therapy (IACP). She founded the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Society of Southern California (CBTSSC) 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 and founded the first DBT dedicated publication DBT Bulletin in 2018. Dr. McFarr conducts research and publishes on all aspects of training, supervision, dissemination and implementation of CBT and DBT. She is a member of the Dialectical Behavior Therapy Strategic Planning Meeting, a consortium of international DBT researchers, and served as Program Chair for the International Society for the Improvement and Teaching of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (ISITDBT) for 2014-2015.
Dr. McFarr sees adults in the Beverly Hills office.