Steven D. Hickman, Psy.D. 

Associate Clininical Professor of Psychiatry

UCSD Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute
UCSD Center for Mindfulness

Contact Information

T: (858) 334-4633
F: (858) 334-4601


Dr. Steven Hickman is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and has a joint appointment as an Associate Clinical Professor in the UCSD Departments of Psychiatry and Family and Preventive Medicine. Dr. Hickman is the Founder and Executive Director of the UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness, a program of community building, clinical care, professional training and research. Since founding the Center in 2000, he has taught over 50 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) courses, as well as adapting the program for nurses, medical students and other professional and clinical populations. Dr. Hickman is also trainer of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) teachers and offers workshops and talks on a variety of related topics. The UC Sand Diego Center for Mindfulness is evolving a global Professional Training Institute dedicated to providing professional training and certification in the full spectrum of mindfulness-based interventions. Dr. Hickman is also a member of the Executive Committee of the UC San Diego Center for Integrative Medicine. He is married and has three teenage children, affording him ample opportunities to practice what he teaches.

Research Interests

Research Focus

Dr. Hickman is primarily a clinician, but is involved in clinical research on the topics of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, and the role of mindfulness in perception of pain, coping with chronic pain and illness, and ways in which clinical psychology can facilitate and enhance treatment of serious medical illness like cancer.

Clinical Focus

As noted above, Dr. Hickman works almost exclusively with patients whose primary concern revolves around chronic and/or life-threatening medical illness. His particular specialty is in teaching courses in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction to patients suffering with these conditions (as well as people dealing with anxiety, depression and other mental illnesses). Mindfulness is a particularly fast-growing (and well-researched) aspect of psychology based upon the practice of meditation and present-moment awareness as a way of coping, healing and living with the challenges and opportunities of daily life. Dr. Hickman incorporates aspects of mindfulness and acceptance into his work with groups of patients, as well as in individual psychotherapy.


  • Lang AJ, Strauss JL, Bomyea J, Bormann JE, Hickman SD, Good RC, Essex M. The Theoretical and Empirical Basis for Meditation as an Intervention for PTSD. Behav Modif. 2012 Jun 5. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Lenze EJ, Hickman S, Hershey T, Wendleton L, Ly K, Dixon D, Dore P, Wetherell JL Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for older adults with worry symptoms and co-occurring cognitive dysfunction. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 2014 Feb 18.
  • Dobkin PL, Hickman SD, Monshat K.Holding the Heart of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction: Balancing Fidelity and Imagination When Adapting MBSR. Mindfulness 2013
  • Day MA, Thorn BE, Ward LC, Rubin N, Hickman SD, Scogin F, Kilgo GR. Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy for the Treatment of Headache Pain: A Pilot Study. Clin J Pain. 2013 Feb 26.