Debra Safer, M.D.

Debra Safer
Phone Number: 

(650) 723-7928 


Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine

Teaching and/or Research Emphasis and Interest Areas: 

The Use of Dialectical Behavior Therapy to Treat Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorders


Dr. Safer received her M.D. from the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine and completed her residency at the Stanford University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Following residency she completed an NIMH postdoctoral research fellow ship within Stanford's Department of Psychiatry. Currently, Dr. Safer is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine. She also holds an Adjunct Faculty position at PGSP. Dr. Safer's primary research interests include the nature and treatment of eating disorders, particularly the use of Dialectical Behavior Therapy to treat bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder. In 2003 she was awarded a K-23 Career Development Award to compare two group psychotherapy treatment approaches for Binge Eating Disorder. In addition to teaching within the PGSP-Stanford PSY-D Consortium and the Stanford Psychiatry Adult Residency Program and conducting research, Dr. Safer evaluates and treats patients in the Behavioral Medicine Clinic at Stanford. She utilizes cognitive-behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and pharmacotherapy as primary treatment modalities. Dr. Safer has written a number of peer-reviewed articles, co-authored a book on the integration of psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy, and presented at numerous national conferences.