About Dr. Nam 


PhD,    University of Miami

MSW, University of California, Berkeley

BS,     University of California, Berkeley

Clinical Training

Stanford University, School of Medicine

VA Palo Alto Healthcare System

Kaiser Permanente, Oakland

Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma

DBT-Linehan Board of Certification, Certified Clinician™

Dr. Nam is a licensed psychologist (PSY26024), and received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Miami. Her doctoral research was on impulsivity and bipolar disorders. She also holds a Masters in Social Welfare, and an undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley in Business Administration from the Haas School of Business. 

Dr. Nam has worked at various settings including VA hospitals, Kaiser Oakland, and in community mental health settings.  She completed her internship at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, followed by postdoctoral training at Stanford University, School of Medicine. During her fellowship at Stanford, Dr. Nam specialized in the treatment of Bipolar Disorders and also in Dialectical Behavior Therapy.  Dr. Nam has also worked in the Bipolar Clinic at Stanford University prior to her doctoral training.  

In her clinical practice, Dr. Nam specializes in empirically-based treatments such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) in the treatment of anxiety and depression, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) for mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and in the treatment of PTSD. She is intensively trained in DBT, and has been offering comprehensive DBT treatment for over eight years. She has undergone rigorous and extensive training to become a DBT-Linehan Board ofCertification, Certified Clinician™.

As well, she is trained to provide trauma treatments such as DBT-PEProlonged Exposure, and Cognitive Processing Therapy. She incorporates mindfulness-based interventions into treatments for stress and anger management, and grief treatment. Dr. Nam also supervises psychiatry residents at UCSF. 

Dr. Nam has called the Bay Area her home for over 25 years, and has an office in downtown San Francisco, CA. In her spare time, Dr. Nam likes to practice yoga and go to spin classes, read, make jewelry, watch Sci-Fi films, and eat really spicy foods while hanging out with her Frenchie, Frankie. 


Ahn, Y.M., Nam, J.Y., Culver, J.L., Marsh, W.K., Bonner, J.C., & Ketter, T.A. (2011). Lamotrigine plus quetiapine combination therapy in treatment-resistant bipolar depression. Annals of Clinical Psychiatry, 23(1), 17-24.

Carver, C.S., Johnson, S.L., Joormann, J., & Nam, J.Y. (2011). Serotonin transporter polymorphism interacts with childhood adversity to predict aspects of impulsivity. Psychological Sciences, 22(5), 589-95.

Hwang, S.H., Childers, M., Wang, P.W., Nam, J.Y., Keller, K.L., Hill, S., & Ketter, T.A.. (2011). Higher prevalence of bipolar I disorder among Asian and Latino compared to Caucasian patients receiving treatment. Asia-Pacific Psychiatry, 2(3).

Ketter, T.A., Brooks, J.O., Hoblyn, J.C., Holland, A.A., Nam, J.Y., Culver, J.L., Marsh, W.K., & Bonner, J.C. (2010). Long-term effectiveness of quetiapine in bipolar disorder in a clinical setting. Journal of psychiatric research, 44(14), 921-929.

Wang, P.W., Nowakowska, C., Chandler, R. A., Hill, S. J., Nam, J. Y., Culver, J. L., Keller, K. L., & Ketter, T. A. (2010). Divalproex extended-release in acute bipolar II depression. Journal of Affective Disorders, 124, 170-173.

Gruber, J., Culver, J.L., Johnson, S.L., Nam, J.Y., Keller, K.L., & Ketter, T.A. (2009). Do positive emotions predict symptomatic change in bipolar disorder? Bipolar Disorders, 11, 330-336.

Ketter, T.A., Brooks, J.O., Hoblyn, J.C., Champion, L.M., Nam, J.Y., Culver, J.L., Marsh, W.K., & Bonner, J.C. (2008) Effectiveness of lamotrigine in bipolar disorder in a clinical setting. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 43, 13-23