Sally Payson Hays

Dr. Payson Hays, an alumna of the UC Berkeley School Psychology Program with post-doctoral training from UCSF, is a licensed psychologist and certificated school psychologist. Dr. Payson Hays has worked in public and private schools since 1985 working with students from grade school to graduate education. She has an eclectic background, having graduated from Tufts University with a BA in History, English, and a Minor in Art. She has a Master’s Degree in English and Creative Writing from CU Boulder, and still writes and publishes creatively in her spare time. Dr. Payson Hays taught middle and high school and served as an Educational Therapist prior to studying as an educational and school psychologist at USC and UC Berkeley. In her private practice Dr. Payson Hays provides individual and family therapy specializing in emotional dysregulation and is specially trained in both Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Collaborative Proactive Solutions (one of a few CPS certificated providers in California). Dr. Payson Hays also conducts psychoeducational assessments with children and adolescents to determine Special Education eligibility with a specialty in identifying mental health conditions according to the DSM-5 and how these diagnoses are best supported through educational goals and services. Dr. Payson Hays serves as clinical supervisor and training director at a public high school district in the Bay Area providing Tier 2-3 educational consultation and mental health services to grades 9-adult, and in her career has supervised 25 trainees (MA and PsyD/PhD level) pre-masters and pre/post-doctoral. In 2019, Dr. Payson Hays joined the faculty in UC Berkeley’s School Psychology Graduate Program as a lecturer, where she supervises school psychology graduate students and teaches courses on law and ethics for school psychologists, therapeutic approaches and practice, and educational and mental health interventions for children and adolescents.


Poster: Payson Hays, S. (2020-21) The Integrated Mental Health Supports at JUHSD, International School Psychology Association, Nicosia Cyprus, July 2020 (postponed to July 2021).

Presentation: Assessing Specific Learning Disabilities: Systematic use of the Feiffer Assessment of Reading and Math in the context of a Patterns of a Strengths and Weaknesses approach, Mountain View Los Altos School District, Mountain View CA, October 2019.

Presentation: The Integrated Mental Health Supports Program at JUHSD, The American Psychological Association Convention, Chicago IL, August 2019.

Presentation: Trauma informed support for special education students, Jefferson Union High School District, March 2018.

Presentation/ongoing training: Collaborative Proactive Solutions in JUHSD, training with teachers and administrators, Jefferson Union High School District, 2017-18.

Presentation: Collaborative Proactive Solutions in OUSD. Lives in the Balance Annual Conference, Portland Maine, November 2016.

Presentation: Collaborative Proactive Solutions in OUSD. UC Berkeley Annual School Psychology Conference, March 2015.

Presentation: OUSD School Psychology Collaborative Problem Solving and Social Behavioral Teacher Efficacy Measure, Oxford Roundtable, Oriel College, Oxford England, March 2013.

Poster: Ihle, I., Payson Hays, S., et al. Therapy Through Education: A College Level Course on the Biology and Psychology of the Stress Response for Returning Combat Veterans, Society for Biological Psychiatry Conference, San Francisco CA, May 2011.

Poster: Ihle, I. Payson Hays, S., et al. The Warrior's Journey Project: An On-Line Course To Facilitate Reintegration Of Military Combat Veteran. INTED 2011 Conference, Valencia Spain; Psychiatry Retreat, Department of Psychiatry, UCSF February 2011.

Poster: Dr. Elizabeth Ozer, Payson Hays, S., et al. Strengthening Families Through Intensive Family Therapy, Department of Psychiatry, UCSF, January 2010.


“Hazards of the Trade,” in Courtship of Winds, online literary magazine, Summer edition, 2019

"Back In the Saddle," and Poetry: "Semination," "Easter Sonnet," "Sestina For the Boys," "Pulling Off the Shroud," "Tabernacle," "Friends in Middle Age," in Ends of the Earth, ed. Pamela Kearney, Bloomington IN: Xlibris Corporation. ISBN 978-1-4568-2294-1

Oranges, Tufts Magazine. Tufts Fiction Award First prize. 1985

The Unacceptable Legacy, Hemispheres, Tufts University. 1983

Professional Experience

2017-present: Clinical Supervisor of JUSHD Psychology Internship Program (CAPIC approval as of January 2019), Jefferson Union High School District, Daly City, CA.

2011-present: Private Practice Providing individual, group, and family therapy, psychological assessment, and educational advocacy. Specialties include individual, family, and group therapy to people ages five-adulthood to more effectively address educational issues as well as risk-taking and acting out behavior at school and home; educational assessment and advocacy to families and children to address learning issues/needs in public and private school. Certificated provider of Collaborative Proactive Solutions. Areas of specialty: Family therapy and educational consultation; assessment of ADHD/ADD, Emotional Disturbance, Learning Disabilities, emotional-dysregulation depression and anxiety; PTSD.

2017- 2019: Lead Psychologist/Program Specialist, Jefferson Union High School District, Daly City CA. Duties include overseeing Special Education Assessment and Educationally Related Mental Health services for special education JUHSD students, as well as supervision of pre- and post-doctoral candidates accruing practicum and clinical hours towards licensure.

2015-2017: District School Psychologist, Brisbane School District, Brisbane CA.

2012-2015: Clinical Supervisor of Educationally Related Mental Health Services, Oakland Unified School District, Oakland, CA.

2011- 2015: School Psychologist on Special Assignment, Oakland Unified School District, Oakland CA: Co-Primary Investigator and Program Coordinator: The Collaborative Proactive Solutions (CPS) Program in OUSD (developed by Dr. Ross Greene)

2007-2011: Post-Doctoral trainee and Research Associate, Level III, Young Adult and Family Center, Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute, UCSF; Primary Investigator, Spanish Immersion Pilot Study collaborative research project SFUSD and UCSF, evaluation of an elementary school program (funded by CTSI). Co- Investigator, The Warrior's Journey Project, with Drs. Eva Ihle and Richard Selph, an online college level course as an intervention for military personnel returning from combat; Co-Investigator. The Family Therapy Program Study with Dr. Ozer

2006-2009: Adjunct Professor, Alliant International University Graduate Education, School Psychology Program, San Francisco, CA.

2007: School Psychologist, Oakland Unified School District, Oakland, CA.

2005-06: School Psychologist, Belmont Redwood Shores School District, Belmont, CA.

2003: School Psychologist, Alameda Unified School District, Alameda, CA.

1998-2000: Director of Learning Support Services, Drew College Preparatory School, San Francisco, CA.

Professional Affiliations

Member: American Psychological Association


Licensed Psychologist PSY24130 since 2010

Pupil Personnel Services Credential since 2000

Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley; Cognitive Development/ School Psychology, 2000

M.S.Ed. University of Southern California; Educational Psychology, 1993

M.A. University of Colorado, Boulder; English Literature and Creative Writing, 1989

B.A. Tufts University; Major: History, English, Minor: Art, 1985


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