Justine Underhill joined Edgewood in November 2017 as Chief Program Officer. Ms. Underhill has chosen to bring her management, clinical, and teaching experiences to Edgewood and strategically designs oversees, develops and implements cutting-edge, multifaceted, empirically tested, family-centered programs. She also assures that Edgewood’s programs align with the agency’s mission and she builds and enhances partnerships with public and private organizations to actualize the vision and mission of Edgewood.
Ms. Underhill is a graduate of Brown University, holds a Master’s degree in Social work from San Francisco State University as well as a Master’s degree in Education from Harvard University. She has spent the last decade working in the UCSF Department of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, where she began as a family therapist, and then directed the Intensive Family Therapy program, before becoming the Clinical Director for the Young Adult & Family Center, overseeing the operations of five clinical programs for adolescents and young adults as well as the Clinical Director of the UCSF Eating Disorders program. Justine remains on the clinical faculty at UCSF, where she teaches family therapy classes and lectures annually in different departments. She is a member of the Academy of Eating Disorders and the National Association of Social Workers. Along with her colleagues at UCSF, Justine’s research on the use of Reflecting Teams in family therapy was recently published in the academic journal, Family Process.
Prior to her 10 years at UCSF, Ms. Underhill trained at Zuckerberg SF General Hospital and at San Mateo County Mental Health and worked as a clinician in Edgewood’s day treatment and community-based programs. Justine has served on the Board of Directors of the Family Services Agency of SF and shares a commitment to serving our community.