Janie Hong, Ph.D. (PSY22758)
5655 College Avenue- Ste 314A, Oakland, CA, 94618
510-400-4052 ext 101

The decision to seek therapy is a difficult one. For nearly 20 years, I have worked in different cognitive behavioral treatment settings, and know first-hand how important it is to find high quality care. I see my patients as individuals (not as a series of diagnoses and/or problems). In therapy, I work with patients to establish an individualized model of how the problems relate to one another, identify goals and interventions, and monitor treatment progress in response to the interventions.  My approach is warm, flexible and collaborative.

The therapy process is transparent. Meaning, you should always know why we are trying something in therapy and how we will assess whether the strategy is actually helpful.  Treatment is structured and goal oriented. I draw on the latest research findings, and adjust interventions based on my patient’s feedback. I work beyond diagnoses. Many of my patients are objectively doing well in their lives and do not have a DSM diagnosis, but they still feel they have problems (e.g., procrastination, self criticism, indecisiveness, anxious avoidance) that interfere with their ability to feel successful. I work closely with them to assess how these problems are being maintained and develop individualized plans to improve their lives. 

I specialize in helping adults who:

·       Feel unclear about their life goals and direction
·       Chronically worry
·       Have extreme fears of being negatively judged
·       Experience panic attacks or unwanted anxiety
·       Have overwhelming negative emotions
·       Struggle with obsessive thinking or compulsions
·       Procrastinate
·       Feel dissatisfied at work or in relationships
·       Binge eat
·       Struggle to connect socially or romantically
·       Ruminate about past regrets and mistakes
·       Have problems making decisions

Training and Qualifications

I am a founding partner at the Redwood Center for CBT and Research, a licensed psychologist (PSY22758) and Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of California at Berkeley.

Originally from Canada, I received my PhD in clinical psychology at the University of British Columbia (Department of Psychology ranked first in Canada) and received the top dissertation award for my work on social anxiety. I then spent two years as a lecturer and research fellow in the Department of Psychology at Stanford University. I am a former partner at the San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy and at the Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Science Center. I have led numerous professional trainings on CBT and individualizing treatments, developed community and hospital based CBT programs, and continue to teach and supervise graduate students in CBT.

I am 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. I have published several articles and chapters on these and other topics in psychology, and have over 30 refereed conference presentations. My past work has also been supported with numerous national fellowships and awards. I am the President of the Asian American Issues in Behavior Therapy and Research special interest group for the Association of Behavior and Cognitive Therapies, and have presented widely on the importance of diversity issues.

Data from 43 Patients Who Completed Treatment with Dr. Hong

Research shows that clinicians who receive regular feedback about how a patient is doing will have better therapy outcomes. The above graph shows patient data for those patients with whom I used the Depression Anxiety and Stress Scale 21 (also called the DASS 21) to track progress. Please note that I only included patients who showed an elevated score at the start of treatment. 

DepressionThe average patient struggling with depression came in with a score of 19 and ended treatment with a score of 4. Meaning, on average, these patients started with a "moderate" depression score and ended in the "normal" range.

Anxiety. The average patient struggling with anxiety came in with a score of 10 and ended with a score of 2. Meaning, on average, these patients started with a "moderate" anxiety score and ended in the "normal" range.

Stress. The average patient struggling with stress came in with a score of 22 and ended with a score of 7. Meaning, on average, these patients started with a "moderate" stress score and ended in the "normal" range.

Research Interests

My 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.

Selected Publications.

Persons, J.B., Hong, J.J., Eidelman, P. & Owen, D. (2016). 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, 215-231.