Wendy Packman, PhD, J.D.

Wendy Packman


Professor Emeritus, Palo Alto University

Contact Information:

(650) 433-3827

Faculty Status:

Professor Emeritus, Palo Alto University




Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Pacific Graduate School of Psychology
J.D., University of San Francisco
A.B., Washington University


Dr. Wendy Packman is a Professor of Psychology, Palo Alto University (PAU) and holds clinical appointments at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and Stanford University. She advises two research groups for the PAU Ph.D. program: Psychology and Law and Pediatric Psychology. Dr. Packman is Chair of the PAU Institutional Review Board (IRB), and is affiliated with the Meditation and Psychology Area of Emphasis in the Ph.D. program.  She is the Director of the Joint J.D. - Ph.D. Program in Psychology and Law at PAU and Golden Gate University Law School. She is admitted to the State Bar of California and is a licensed psychologist in California.

Dr. Packman received her clinical training at Boston Children's Hospital and the Judge Baker Children's Center, and the Division of Behavioral and Developmental Pediatrics, UCSF. Dr. Packman's research interests and publications include studies of the psychological effects of bone marrow transplant on donor and non-donor siblings, psychological interventions for siblings of cancer patients, and psychological issues faced by children and young adults with inborn errors of metabolism. In the area of bereavement, research and publications include studies of the impact of a child's death on parents and siblings, and the impact of pet loss on adults and children. In the area of psychology and the law, her research interests include ethical and legal issues in child and pediatric psychology; and risk management with suicidal patients and malpractice.

Areas of Interest:

Pediatric psychology; chronic illness; bereavement; psychology and law.

Selected Publications:

In Pediatric Psychology, Chronic Illness, Bereavement:

Packman, W., Beck, V.L, VanZutphen, K., Long, J., & Spengler, G. (2003). The human figure drawing with donor and nondonor siblings of pediatric bone marrow transplant patients. Art therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 20(2), 83-91.

Packman, W., Fine J., Chesterman, B., VanZutphen, K., Golan, R. & Amylon, M. (2004). Camp Okizu: Preliminary investigation of a psychological intervention for siblings of children with cancer. Children's Health Care, 33(3), 201-216.

Packman, W., Gong, K., VanZutphen, K., Shaffer, T., & Crittenden, M. (2004). Psychosocial adjustment in adolescent siblings of hematopoietic stem cell patient. Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing, 21(4), 233-248.

Packman, W., Greenhalgh, J., Chesterman, B., Shaffer, T., Fine, J., VanZutphen, K. Golan, R. & Amylon, M. (2005). Siblings of pediatric cancer patients: The quantitative and qualitative nature of quality of life. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, 23(1), 87-108.

Packman, W., Crosbie, T., Riesner, A., Fairley, C., & Packman, S. (2006). Psychological complications of patients with Gaucher disease. Journal of Inherited Metabolic Diseases, 29, 99-105.

Packman, W., Horsley, H., Davies, B., & Kramer, R. (2006). Continuing bonds and sibling bereavement. Death Studies, 30(9), 817-841.

Packman, W., Henderson, S., Mehta, I., Ronen, R., & Danner, D., Chesterman, B., & Packman, S. (2007). Psychosocial and behavioral issues in families affected by MSUD. Journal of Genetic Counseling, 16(6), 799-809

Ronen, R., Packman, W., Field, N.P., Davies, B., Kramer, R., & Long, J. (2009). The relationship between grief adjustment and continuing bonds for parents who have lost a child. Omega, 60(1), 1-31. 

Henderson, S., Packman, W., & Packman, S. (2009) Psychological aspects of patients with Niemann-Pick disease, Type B.  American Journal of Medical Genetics, Part A 149A, 2430-2436.

Crosbie, T., Packman, W., & Packman, S. ( 2009). Psychological complications of patients with Fabry disease.Journal of Inherited Metabolic Diseases 32; 745-753.

Packman, W., Field, N.P., Carmack, B.J., & Ronen, R. (2011).  Continuing bonds and psychosocial adjustment in pet loss. Journal of Loss and Trauma,16:4, 341-357.

Packman, W., Carmack, B. J., & Ronen, R. (2011). Therapeutic implications of continuing bonds expressions following the death of a pet. Omega64(4), 335-356.

Mazaheri, M.M., Rae-Seebach, R. D., Preston, H.E., Schmidt, M., Kountz-Edwards, S.,Field, N.P., Cassidy, S., & Packman, W. (2012). The impact of Prader-Willi syndrome on the family's quality of life and caregiving, and the unaffected siblings’ psychosocial adjustment. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research57(9), 861-873.

Weber, S. L., Segal, S., & Packman, W. (2012). Inborn errors of metabolism: Psychosocial challenges and proposed family systems model of intervention. Molecular genetics and metabolism105(4), 537-541.

Packman, W., Mehta, I., Rafie, S., Mehta, J., Naldi, M., & Mooney, K. H. (2012). Young adults with MSUD and their transition to adulthood: Psychosocial issues. Journal of Genetic Counseling21(5), 692-703.

Field, N.P., Packman, W., Ronen, R., Pries, A., Davies, B., & Kramer, R. (2013).   Continuing bonds in death of a child. Death Studies. DOI:10.1080/07481187.2012.692458

Needham, M.C., Packman, W., Rappoport, M., Quinn, N., Morgan, C., Cordova, M., Macias, S., & Packman, S. (2013). MPS II: Adaptive functioning of patients and impact on the family system. Journal of Genetic Counseling. DOI10.1007/s10897-013-9665-4.

In Psychology and the Law

Packman, W., Marlitt, R.E., Bongar, B, & O'Connor  Pennuto, T. (2004). A comprehensive and concise assessment of suicide risk. Behavioral Sciences and the Law, 22(5), 667-680.

Packman, W., O'Connor Pennuto, T., Bongar, B., & Orthwein, J. (2004). Legal issues of professional negligence in suicide cases. Behavioral Sciences and the Law, 22(5), 697-713.

Orthwein, J., Packman, W., Jackson, R., & Bongar, B. (2010). Filicide: Gender bias in California defense attorneys’ perception of motive and defense strategies. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law17(4), 523-537.

Wood, S.E., Packman, W., Howell, S, & Bongar, B. (2013). A failure to implement: Analyzing state responses to the Supreme Court’s directives in Atkins v. Virginia and suggestions for a national standard.  Psychiatry, Psychology, and Law. DOI:10.1080/13218719.2013.773847