Martin Shaffer, Ph.D., QME

1970                University of Oregon, Ph.D., Psychology, Eugene, OR

1981                University of Illinois,B.S., Psychology, Mathematics, Champaign-Urbana

PRIVATE PSYCHOTHERAPY PRACTICE                                                                      1973 - Present
San Francisco / Sacramento / Stockton, CA.

  • Practice specializing in the evaluation and treatment of stress and paindisorders, as well as evaluations of neuropsychological dysfunction.
  • Forensic Consultation, with specialization in Workers' Compensation claims in California and Alaska (AME, QME, IME) for reactions to injury along with pre-surgicalassessment and neuropsychological complications. Psychiatric assessments have been done forthe Department of Labor and Veterans Administration as related to common neuropsychologicalfunctioning issues, rehabilitation issues, PTSD and personality development issues. Complexissues have been addressed with clinical assessment, file review, directing of case managementissues and court testimony.
  • Corporate Management Consultation, including group stress management interventions.
  • Sports Psychology, including performance enhancement with specialty in golf.

STRESS MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE                                                                              1979 - Present
San Francisco, CA.

  • Training of professionalsin stress management skills.

UNIVERSITY EVALUATION CENTER                                                                           1992-1994
San Francisco, CA.

  • Coordinator ofpsychological consulting services for medical-legal assessment; a multidisciplinary evaluationcenter that provided multi-specialty evaluations for industrial injuries and third party liabilitycarriers.

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR                                                                                                    1977-1979
Division of Clinical Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Department of Family Medicine
University of South Carolina, School of Medicine, Columbia, SC.

  • Trained family physicians, diagnosed and treated psychophysiological disorders,published articles on obesity and psychophysiological problems. Consultant to departments of Pediatrics, Internal Medicine and Orthopedic Surgery.

INDEPENDENT MEDICAL EXAMINER                                                                         1977-1979
Richland County Court Systems, Columbia, SC.

  • Performed medical-legal and psychological consultations for hospital commitment topsychiatric and penal institutions in Columbia, SC. Fitness to stand trial was a focus.

STAFF PSYCHOLOGIST                                                                                                    1972-1977
Mental Health Developmental Disabilities Department, San Francisco County, CA.

  • Administered neuropsychological testing and treated developmentallydisabled children and their families, while consulting and training community agency personnelincluding school district personnel.

RESEARCH PSYCHOLOGIST                                                                                           1971-1972
Veterans Administration Hospital, Palo Alto, CA.

  • Family Study Unit

CONSULTANT, STAFF TRAINER                                                                                                1971-1972
Cupertino School District, Cupertino, CA.

  • Program fordevelopmentally disabled children with a focus on autism

CONSULTANT, GRANT WRITER                                                                                                 1971
San Jose, CA.

  • Alcoholism Outreach Programs, Community Response, Inc.

PSYCHOLOGY INTERN                                                                                                    1970

  • Suicide Prevention Center, VA Hospital, Brentwood, CA.
  • Family Therapy Program, VA Hospital, Palo Alto, CA.

RESEARCH ASSISTANT                                                                                                    1969
University of Oregon, Eugene, OR.

  • Focus of research was familyinteractions and clinical depression.


  • Tuff Talk, Trafford Publishing, 2004; workbook on language and resiliency
  • Tuff Talk, companion audio program; hypnosis training for resiliency
  • Life After Stress, New York: Plenum Publishing, 1982; self-help book on stressmanagement
  • Life After Stress, Contemporary Books, paperback edition, 1983


  • PSY 3995, State of California, 1973 - Present
  • Board Certified, American Academy of Pain Management.



  • American Academy of Pain Management
  • American Psychological Association
  • International Society of Clinical Hypnosis
  • California State Psychological Association
  • American College of Forensic Psychology
  • National Association of Sports Psychology


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