Kimberley Tompkins, PsyD
Dr. Kimberley Tompkins is a pediatric psychologist, currently specializing in treating patients and families with neurodevelopmental and behavioral disorders. She works closely with our neurodevelopmental pediatrician, Dr. Sanford Newmark, as well as other clinicians.
At the Osher Center, Dr. Tompkins primarily works with parents of children with challenging behaviors. She also works with children and adolescents with ADHD, anxiety, depression, and other mood issues. She considers herself a family-based therapist who tailors evidence-based approaches, including the Nurtured Heart approach, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and other mindfulness-based approaches to address the whole family system.
Dr. Tompkins attained her doctorate from the PGSP-Stanford School of Medicine PsyD Consortium in Palo Alto, where she researched the relationship between pediatric anxiety and parenting practices. Believing in the power and importance of positive parenting techniques, Dr. Tompkins has continued to work with parents of children with anxiety, behavior and mood disorders and chronic illness.
During her post-doctoral fellowship, Dr. Tompkins became the Chief Resident in the Department of Psychiatry at Oakland Children’s Hospital. After her training at Children’s, she continued working with the Psychology Oncology Program (POP), conducting clinical research and providing direct patient care. Dr. Tompkins has also been in private practice in San Francisco since 2009, where she works with children, adolescents and their families.
Before becoming a psychologist, Dr. Tompkins was a credentialed special education teacher in Canada, writing IEPs and 504 plans as well as teaching children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).