Gail Matthews, PhD

Dr. Matthews is a clinical psychologist who focuses on couples therapy, anxiety disorders, and life transitions. She is also a life and career coach, specializing in overcoming barriers to success and fulfillment.

gail matthews Professor of Psychology-Tenured
Dominican University of California
50 Acacia Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94901
Telephone: 415.485.3265
Fax: 415.257.1386
[email protected]
Dominican Office Location: Bertrand Hall #27, 2nd Floor
Licensed Psychologist, California
Private Practice-Psychotherapy, Career & Life Coaching
Corte Madera, CA 415.927.2511


Dr. Matthews's research on dealing with the "imposter phenomenon" (feelings among some successful people that they do not deserve their success and that they have fooled others who perceive them as competent) received national media attention and her research on blaming the victim (the "just-world hypothesis") is considered a classic in social psychology.

Gail chaired the Psychology Department from 1977-1999, and developed the courses in Psychology of Career Choice and Career Development, which she currently teaches. She also regularly teaches Field Placement, Directed Research, Life Coaching, Creating Your Future, and Positive Psychology. Dr. Matthews is currently conducting research testing the effectiveness of life coaching techniques.

Current Research

I have just completed initial analysis of my research on the factors which enhance achievement of business and work-related goals. 


I regularly teach courses on Life Coaching, Behavioral Coaching, Positive Psychology, and have conducted research on the Impostor Phenomenon.

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