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Behavioral Health

Behavioral Medicine Unit

The Behavioral Medicine Unit provides the following services: brief and long-term individual counseling and support; stress management; couples and family counseling; coping with medical illness and improving medical adherence.

All services are available in English and Spanish.

Who is eligible?

Making referrals


BMU Provider Profiles

Jason Satterfield, Ph.D. Director, Behavioral Medicine Unit
Professor of Clinical Medicine

Dr. Satterfield is a cognitive-behavioral clinical and research psychologist with extensive experience in individual and group therapy. His areas of expertise are in the diagnosis and treatment of mood disorder, adjustment to chronic medical and stress-induced illnesses, HIV, stress management, end-of-life care, and coping with loss. He currently teaches Behavioral Medicine to UCSF primary care residents and is co-investigator on several projects looking at end-of-life care, group therapy, and mood management.


Oscar F. Cervantes, Ph.D. Staff Psychologist
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine

Dr. Oscar F. Cervantes is a bicultural, Spanish/English bilingual clinical psychologist with a Masters in Sciences in Clinical Counseling and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with over 30 years of academic and clinical experience. He has privileges in some of the most prestigious hospitals in the Bay Area. Dr. Cervantes specializes in cross-cultural psychology, mood and anxiety disorders, cognitive behavioral therapy, and behavioral medicine. In addition to his private practice, he is an assistant clinical professor of clinical medicine at the University of California, San Francisco Medical School Department of Internal Medicine. His background is extensive and includes: child, adult and family psychotherapy at a number of agencies, several university student health and counseling services, the California Youth Authority; faculty at several state and private universities' graduate departments of psychology, schools of medicine, and Chicano studies departments; research coordinator for the UCSF Medical School Latino Task Force; addiction rehabilitation specialist and Director of Multicultural Affairs.


Simone Madan, Ph.D. Staff Psychologist
Assistant Clinical Professor

Simone Madan, Ph.D. is a certified cognitive-behavioral psychologist. Dr. Madan treats mood disorders, anxiety disorders, health anxiety disorders, situational and interpersonal distress. She also provides behavioral health consultations to primary care patients dealing with variety of chronic illnesses that often require behavioral health changes. She is a multidisciplinary team member in the adult weight management program. She provides individual, family and group consultations to patients participating in this weight management program. She also provides psychological assessments and counsels individuals about readiness for gastric bypass surgeries. She has served as a clinical supervisor on research trial related to coping with multiple sclerosis. She teaches and has assisted in developing medical school curriculum related to weight management. She also teaches medical students and nurses, as well as provides consultation for medical residents, pharmacy residents and psychiatry residents.