Susan Folkman, Ph.D
Susan Folkman is Professor of Medicine Emeritus at UCSF. She received her BA from Brandeis University (1959) and her PhD from the University of California-Berkeley in educational psychology (1979).with a special focus on psychological stress and coping. At UCSF, Susan led an NIH-supported research program focused on stress and coping in the context of caregiving and bereavement during the height of the AIDS epidemic… She was named Professor of Medicine in 1990 and in 2001 she was named the Osher Foundation Distinguished Professor of Integrative Medicine and Director of the newly established UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine. Susan retired in 2009.
Susan and her husband, David Folkman, have lived in the Bay Area since 1974. Before that, they had lived in Cambridge, MA, Houston, and St. Louis. They have four children and six grandchildren. Susan has been active in the Jewish Community in a variety of roles, including serving as president of the boards of Peninsula Temple Beth El and The Bureau of Jewish Education (now named The Learning Works), and as a member of the boards of the Jewish Home of San Francisco, the Jim Joseph Foundation, and the San Francisco Jewish Community Federation, where her responsibilities included chairing the 2004 Jewish Community Study and the Planning and Allocations Committee.