Francine Ostrem, PhD, MFT, MA

Expressive arts and family therapist

Francine Ostrem provides art-based psychotherapy to children and families affected by type 1 diabetes. Promoting self-efficacy, emotion regulation, interpersonal relationships and imaginative coping, she uses art to empower children to express their experience of living with a chronic condition. Her research interests include resilience, trauma integration and diabetes that arises in early childhood.

Ostrem earned a doctorate in German literature from the University of California, Berkeley before she completed her master's degree in clinical psychology, with a specialization in expressive arts therapy, at John F. Kennedy University. She has worked in private practice as a licensed marriage and family therapist for more than a decade. She is also involved in overseeing an art therapy program at Lincoln, a nonprofit serving resource-limited communities.

Ostrem is a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, American Art Therapy Association, Zero to Three and American Diabetes Association.


Madison Clinic for Pediatric Diabetes
1500 Owens St., Suite 300
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (415) 514-6234
Fax: (415) 353-2811

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UC Berkeley, PhD, German Literature 1991
John F. Kennedy University, MA, Clinical Psychology 1995