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Norfleet, Mary Ann

Mary Ann Norfleet earned a B.S. in Education, Chemistry in 1964 and a Master Degree in Educational Psychology in 1965 at University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS, and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology in 1969 at University of Oregon in Eugene, OR.
Dr. Norfleet has been in independent practice in Palo Alto for over 30 years.  She is past Chair of the Adjunct Clinical Faculty Council in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University and she is active in leadership roles in professional organizations at the national, state and local levels including the American Academy of Clinical Psychology and the American Psychological Association. Her ACF involvement focuses on teaching and mentoring psychiatry residents and psychology postdoctoral fellows.  She currently Chairs the ACF Appointments and Promotions Committee in the Stanford University School of Medicine, and she’s the Communications Director of the Association Adjunct Clinical. Since 1972 Dr Norfleet is a Senior Research Fellow at MRI in Palo Alto and has her private practice at MRI.


Present Professional Experience

2004 – Present Courtesy Teaching Staff, Department of Psychiatry, Stanford University Hospital, Stanford, CA. Supervise Psychology Postdoctoral Fellows in the Behavioral Medicine Clinic and Psychiatry Residents and Fellows; review/co-sign patients’ charts. Clinical teaching, primarily in Behavioral Medicine Clinic and the psychiatry residency program.

1991 – Present Clinical Faculty, Psychiatric Residency Training Program, San Mateo County Mental Health Services, San Mateo, CA. Appointed as Senior Faculty member, 2004. Appointed as Honorary Senior Faculty member, 2007. Individual supervision of psychiatry residents on their outpatient individual, couple and family psychotherapy cases.

2003 – Present Adjunct Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine. Supervision of Postdoctoral Psychology Fellows in the Behavioral Medicine Clinic, Supervision of psychiatry residents and service on Departmental and Stanford Medical School committees and boards.

1972 –  Present Senior Research Fellow, Mental Research Institute (MRI), Palo Alto, CA. Elected in recognition of outstanding contributions to MRI in the areas of research and clinical practice.

1972 – Present Clinical Psychologist, Independent Practice, Palo Alto, CA. Individual, family and couple therapy, clinical health psychology (stress reduction, diet and exercise components of a healthy lifestyle, healthy aging, working with patients who have physical and psychological health issues).


Present Boards of Directors

American Academy of Clinical Psychology, Board of Directors, Board Member, 2011 – present. Chair, Continuing Education Committee, 2012. Website Coordinator, Treasurer, 2013 – present.

 Association of the Adjunct Clinical Faculty, Stanford University School of Medicine (Founding Member, 2011; Board of Directors and Member of the Board’s Executive Committee, 2011 – present).

Honors and Awards

Outstanding Faculty Service Award, San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services, “In recognition for exceptional service to the Psychiatry Residency Training Program” presented on this 11th day of 2010.”

Distinguished Service Award, Stanford University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, “For outstanding and long-standing contributions by an adjunct clinical faculty member to the Department for leadership, teaching, administration and innovation for the benefit of residents, fellows and colleagues since 1982,” 2010.

Certificate of Meritorious Service, Stanford University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Clinical Faculty Association, “For dauntless stewardship of our association and for serving as council chair from 2001 through 2006….Meritorious service, generosity of spirit, outstanding leadership,” 2007.

Certificate of Appreciation, California Psychological Association, “In recognition of valuable contributions and outstanding service on the   CPA Board of Directors as Treasurer-Elect and Treasurer from 2004 – 2007.”

Division of Media, Technology and Communication, Jacqueline Bouhoutsos, Ph.D. Award for Outstanding Contribution to Media Psychology, California Psychological Association, 2003.

Clinical Faculty Service Award, Stanford University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, ‘’With recognition and appreciation for continuing contributions to the Department since 1982.’’  Awarded, 2002

Certificate of Meritorious Service, California Psychological Association, for service to the Colleague Assistance and Support Program, 1999.

Certificate of Meritorious Service, California Psychological Association, for service to the Colleague Assistance and Support Program, 1995.

Certificate of Appreciation, California Psychological Association, for service to the Mandatory Continuing Education Committee, 1997.

Certificate of Appreciation, Board of Psychology, 1992

Fellow, Academy of Clinical Psychology 1994

Fellow, American Orthopsychiatric Association 1995

Fellow, Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine 1991

Fellow, American Psychological Association 2010 (Divisions 12, 29, 38, 42)

Fellow, American Psychological Society 1990

Sigma Xi, National Scientific Research Honorary Society, 1980

Stanford University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Special Award “In recognition of outstanding contributions to the residency training program,” 1988.



Editorial/Review Work:

    •  Editorial Board member, PsycCRITIQUES, 2005 — 2007; 2010 — 2016.
    • Ad Hoc Reviewer for the Journal of Clinical Psychology, 2000, 2002, 2011.
    • Ad Hoc Reviewer for Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 1999.
    • Editor, Professional Well-Being (an ongoing column in each monthly issue),The California Psychologist, 1995 – 2003.
    • Referee/Reviewer for the journal, Pain, 1992.
    • Reviewer/Referee for the journal, Family Process, 1982.


Book Chapters and Sections:

  •  Norfleet, M.A. (2000). Sections on Coronary Artery Disease; Colitis; Hypertension; Smoking; Ulcers. In D. Benner (Ed.), Baker’s Encyclopedia of Psychology (2nd ed.), Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House.
  • Norfleet, M.A. (1987). Intervening with Middle-Aged Families and Chronic Pain. In: L.M. Wright & M. Leahey (Eds.), Families and Chronic Illness (pp.356-366). Springhouse, PA: Springhouse Corporation.
  • Norfleet, M.A. (1985). Sections on Cardiovascular Disease: Psychological Factors; Colitis; Hypertension; Smoking; Ulcers. In D. Benner (Ed.), Baker’s Encyclopedia of Psychology, Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House.
  • Norfleet, M.A., Hammett, B.C., Lichte, S., Lukensmeyer, W.W. & Payne, B.A. (1982). Helping Families Cope with Chronic Pain: An Integral Part of an Interdisciplinary and Multimodal Treatment Program. In L. Wolberg & M. Aronson (Eds.), Group and Family Therapy 1982. NY: Brunner/Mazel.



  • Norfleet, M.A. (2003). Do You Have a Clinical Web Site? California Psychologist, 36(5), 26.
  • Norfleet, M.A. (2002). Responding to Society’s Needs: Prescription Privileges for Psychologists. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 58(6) 599-610.
  • Norfleet, M.A. (2002). New Beginnings…. California Psychologist, 35(1), 8.
  • Norfleet, M.A. (2001). Approaching the Holidays. California Psychologist, 34(12), 16.
  • Norfleet, M.A. (2001). Are You a Passionately Committed Psychotherapist? California Psychologist, 34(10), 26.
  • Norfleet, M.A. (2000). Is Your Marriage “On Track?” California Psychologist, 33(10),12.
  • Norfleet, M.A. (1999). Things They Didn’t Teach Us in Graduate School. California Psychologist, 32(4),12.
  • Norfleet, M.A. (1998). Boundaries Revisited. California Psychologist, 30(3), 26.
  • Norfleet, M.A. (1998).   Sexual Attraction in Psychotherapy. California Psychologist, 30(2), 29.
  • Norfleet, M.A. (1997). Putting Ourselves in Perspective. California Psychologist, 29(3), 16-17.
  • Norfleet, M.A. & Cooper, A. (1996). Well Being. California Psychologist, 28(9),  22.
  • Norfleet, M.A. (1995). Are You a Workaholic or a Work Enthusiast? California Psychologist, 28(2),15.
  • Norfleet, M.A. (1994). Boundary Violations in Psychotherapy: We Are All Vulnerable. California Psychologist, 27(6), 13-14.
  • Norfleet, M.A. & Burnell, G.M. (1990). Loss Items on the Schedule of Recent Events (SRE): Duration of Psychotherapy. The Journal of Psychology,124(2), 165-168.
  • Burnell, G.M. & Norfleet, M.A. (1987). Women’s Self-Reported Responses to Abortion. The Journal of Psychology, 121(1), 71-76.
  • Payne, B.A. & Norfleet, M.A. (1986). Chronic Pain and the Family: A Review. Pain, 26, 1-22.
  • Burnell, G.M. & Norfleet, M.A. (1986). Psychosocial Factors Influencing American Men and Women in Their Decision for Sterilization. The Journal of Psychology, 120(2), 113-119.
  • Norfleet, M.A. (1983). Paradoxical Interventions in the Treatment of Chronic Physical Illness. Journal of Strategic and Systemic Therapies, 2, 63-69.
  • Burnell, G.M. & Norfleet, M.A. (1982). Evaluating Psychosocial Stress Preliminary Report on a Brief and Convenient Instrument for Health Professionals. International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine, 12, 141-151.
  • Norfleet, M.A. & Burnell, G.M. (1981). Utilization of Medical Services by Psychiatric Patients. Hospital and Community Psychiatry, 32, 198-200.
  • Shaw, M.W. & Norfleet, M.A. (1981). Development of a High School Health Education Curriculum. Journal of School Health, 51, 182-185.
  • Burnell, G.M. & Norfleet, M.A. (1979). Women Who Placed Their Infant Up for Adoption. Patient Counseling and Health Education, 1, 169-172.
  • Norfleet, M.A. (1973). The Bender Gestalt as a Group Screening Instrument for Reading Potential. Journal of Learning Disabilities, 6, 383-388.
  • Norfleet, M.A. (1968). Personality Characteristics of Achieving and Underachieving High Ability Senior Women. Personnel and Guidance Journal, 46, 976-980.