Personal Information

California School of Professional Psychology

Clin. Psychopharmacology

San Francisco Beach St Campus

Program Director


Alliant International University San Francisco
One Beach Street, Suite 100
San Francisco CA 94133-1221


Courses, Research Interests, Publications

Primary Care Psychology

Psychopharmacology; behavioral medicine in primary care; chronic pain; chemical dependency

Jegede, AB, Gilbert, C., and Tulkin, SR. (2008) Muscle characteristics of persons with fibromyalgia syndrome. NeuroRehabilitation, 23,217-230.

Tulkin, S.R. & Stock, W. (2004) A model for predoctoral psychopharmacology training: Shaping a new frontier in clinical psychology. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 35, 151-157.

Levant, R.F., Albino, J.E.N., Brown, A.B., Feldman, S.A., Folen, R.A., Kaczmarek, P., LeVine, E.S., McGrath, R.E., Pickar, G.D., Shapiro, A.G., Tulkin, S.R., & Vanderplate, C. (2003). Training programs. In M.T. Sammons, R.F. Levant, & R.U. Paige (Eds.) Prescriptive Authority for Psychologists: A History and Guide. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association, Pp117-140.

Tulkin, S.R. & Guzman, J. (1999) Kaiser's redesign of Primary Care: New roles for health psychologists. The Health Psychologist, 21(1), 15, 23.

Tulkin, S.R. (1995). Behavioral intervention programs that work: Pain management program. HMO Practice, 9, 57-58.

Tulkin, S.R. (2012a). Prescribing psychologists in primary care. Paper presented at International Congress of Psychology, Capetown, South Africa.

Tulkin, S.R. (2012b). Chair and Discussant, Prescribing psychologists in rural and underserved populations. Symposium presented at the International Congress of Psychology, Capetown, South Africa.

Tulkin, S.R. (2011). Chair. Psychologists who prescribe in primary care: Clinical experiences and professional challenges. Symposium presented at meeting of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC

Land, K.M., Heide, F., & Tulkin, S.R. (2011). Examining the role of experiential avoidance specific to post-trauma symptoms. Poster presented at meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Toronto.

Rom-Rymer, B.N. & Tulkin, S.R. (2010). Co-Chairs, A celebration of the Indian Health Service and a culture of wellness: The partnership with prescribing medical psychologists in integrated health settings. Symposium presented at meeting of the American Psychological Association, San Diego

Academic History and Background

PhD, Harvard University, 1971

APA Division 55 Award for Outstanding Advocacy at the National Level, August 2010

CPA Division V: Outstanding Leadership Award, 2011

Professional Practice and Community Service

Consultant/Group Leader, Kaiser Permanente Medical Centers, 2001-Present

Private Practice, individuals and couples., 1971-Present

Psychological Services (APA Division 18)

Clinical Case Studies (Sage Publications)

Peninsula Temple Beth El, San Mateo, Caring Committee

New Israel Fund, San Francisco Regional Board of Directors

Bio and Links

Dr. Steven Tulkin received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from HarvardUniversity in 1971 and his Master of Science in Clinical Psychopharmacology from AlliantInternationalUniversity in 2002. Currently Dr. Tulkin is Professor and Director of the Postdoctoral Master of Science Program in Clinical Psychopharmacology at the California School of Professional Psychology of Alliant International University. From 1970-1978, he was Associate Professor and Director of the Psychological Clinic at the State University of New York at Buffalo; and from 1978 until 1999 he was Program Director of Behavioral Medicine at Kaiser Permanente in Hayward, CA. Dr. Tulkin has a part-time private practice in San Mateo, CA, where he sees individuals and couples, and conducts stress management groups for physicians.

Dr. Tulkin has published more than 50 journal articles and book chapters, including co-authoring an article in Professional Psychology regarding psychopharmacology training in predoctoral psychology programs. He is active in Division 55 of the American Psychological Association (American Society for the Advancement of Pharmacotherapy); he has been Member-at-Large of the Division 55 Board of Directors, and Program Chair or Co-Chair for Division 55 for APA conventions 2008-2011. He has worked with various State Associations to develop training and legislative advocacy for RxP, and worked with the Indian Health Service in a cooperative venture to fund RxP training for IHS Psychologists. Dr. Tulkin is also a member of Division 42 (Psychologists in Independent Practice) and Division 38 (Health Psychology) where he served as Chair of the Health Services Committee. His honors include two Senior Fulbright teaching awards during which he taught in Ghana and in Thailand, and Distinguished Service awards from APA Division 55 and CPA Division V.