Patient Care Philosophy

Our physical and emotional experiences are strongly linked and treating the whole person is essential to promoting overall wellbeing. Whether it’s learning strategies for making lifestyle changes, looking for tools for managing stress or depression, or coping with a chronic health issue, I strive to provide a warm, collaborative, and empathic approach to addressing your individual needs and goals.

Areas of Expertise




Coping with Chronic Illness




VA Puget Sound Health Care System-Seattle Division
Primary Care Mental Health
Seattle, WA


VA Puget Sound Health Care System-Seattle Division
Clinical Psychology
Seattle, WA

Graduate School

San Diego State University/University of California, San Diego Joint Doctoral Program
Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology
San Diego, CA

Undergraduate School

The Ohio State University
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Columbus, Ohio

Professional Associations

International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation (IOCDF)

Tourette Association of America

Association for Contextual Behavioral Science
Mid-Atlantic Association (MAC-ACBS)

American Psychological Association (APA)
Division 29: The Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy Diversity Committee Chair


Godfrey, K. M., Herbert, M., Strachan, E., Mostoufi, S., Crofford, L. J., Buchwald, D., … & Afari, N. (2017). Dexamethasone-suppressed Salivary Cortisol and Pain Sensitivity in Female Twins. The Clinical journal of pain, 33(3), 246-253. doi: 10.1097/AJP.0000000000000398

Painter, J. M., Gray, K., McGinn, M. M., Mostoufi, S., & Hoerster, K. D. (2016). The relationships of posttraumatic stress disorder and depression symptoms with health-related quality of life and the role of social support among Veterans. Quality of Life Research, 25(10), 2657-2667.

Pineles, S. L., Nillni, Y. I., King, M. W., Patton, S. C., Bauer, M. R., Mostoufi, S. M., … & Orr, S. P. (2016). Extinction retention and the menstrual cycle: Different associations for women with posttraumatic stress disorder. Journal of abnormal psychology, 125(3), 349.

Godfrey, K. M., Strachan, E., Mostoufi, S., Poeschla, B., Succop, A., & Afari, N. (2015). Familial Contributions to Self‐Reported Sleep and Pain in Female Twins. Pain Medicine. doi: 10.1111/pme.12894.

Godfrey, K.M., Mostoufi, S., Rodgers, C., Backhaus, A., Floto, E., Pittman, J., & Afari, N. (2015). Associations of military sexual trauma, combat exposure, and number of deployments with physical and mental health indicators in Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans. Psychological Services, 12(4): 366-377. DOI:10.1037/ser0000059

Mostoufi, S. M., Cuneo, J. G., Stoddard, J. A., & Afari, N. (2014). Present-Moment Awareness. In Stoddard, J.A. & Afari, N. The Big Book of ACT Metaphors: A Practitioner’s Guide to Experiential Exercises and Metaphors in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications.

Mostoufi, S., Godfrey, K. M., Ahumada, S. M., Hossain, N., Song, T., Wright, L. J., … & Afari, N. (2014). Pain sensitivity in posttraumatic stress disorder and other anxiety disorders: A preliminary case control study. Annals of General Psychiatry, 13(1), 31. doi:10.1186/s12991-014-0031-1

Afari, N., Ahumada, S. M., Wright, L. J., Mostoufi, S., Golnari, G., Reis, V., & Cuneo, J. G. (2014). Psychological Trauma and Functional Somatic Syndromes: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Psychosomatic Medicine, 76(1), 2-11. doi: 10.1097/PSY.0000000000000010

Godfrey, K. M., Lindamer, L. A., Mostoufi, S., & Afari, N. (2013). Posttraumatic stress disorder and health: A preliminary study of group differences in health and health behaviors. Annals of General Psychiatry, 12(1), 30. doi: 10.1186/1744-859X-12-30

Mostoufi, S. M., Strachan, E., Chopko, L., Succop, A., Martinez, B., Ahumada, S. M., & Afari, N. (2013). Adverse childhood experiences, health perception, and the role of shared familial factors in adult twins. Child Abuse & Neglect, 37(11), 910-916. doi: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2013.06.005

Moeller-Bertram, T., Afari, N., Mostoufi, S., Fink, D. S., Johnson Wright, L., & Baker, D. G. (2014). Specific pain complaints in Iraq and Afghanistan veterans screening positive for post-traumatic stress disorder. Psychosomatics, 55(2), 172-178. doi: 10.1016/j.psym.2013.01.011.

Mostoufi, S. M., Afari, N., Ahumada, S. M., Reis, V., & Wetherell, J. L. (2012). Health and distress predictors of heart rate variability in fibromyalgia and other forms of chronic pain. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 72(1), 39-44. doi:10.1016/j.jpsychores.2011.05.007

Afari, N., Mostoufi, S. M., Noonan, C., Succop, A., Chopko, L., & Strachan, E. (2011). C-reactive protein and pain sensitivity: Findings from female twins. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 42, 277-283. doi: 10.1007/s12160-011-9297-6

Pineles, S.L., Mostoufi, S. M., Ready, C. B., Street, A. E., Griffin, M. G., & Resick, P. (2011). Trauma reactivity, avoidant coping, and PTSD symptoms: A moderating relationship? Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 120¸ 240-246. doi: 10.1037/a0022123

Pineles, S. L., Shipherd, J. C., Mostoufi, S. M., Abramovitz, S. M., & Yovel, I. (2009). Attentional Biases in PTSD: More evidence for interference. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 47(12): 1050-1057. doi: 10.1016/j.brat.2009.08.001

Personal Interests

Originally from Ohio, Dr. Mostoufi enjoys spending time with family and friends finding new restaurants to try, listening to and/or making music.


Dr. Sheeva Mostoufi is a licensed clinical psychologist. She graduated from the Ohio State University with honors and research distinction in psychology. She completed her PhD at the San Diego State University/University of California, San Diego Joint Doctoral Program after completing her internship at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System-Seattle Division. Dr. Mostoufi completed her post-doctoral fellowship training at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System-Seattle Division specializing in primary care mental health integration. Dr. Mostoufi also has a background in clinical research, with over fourteen publications in peer-reviewed journals in the areas of chronic pain and posttraumatic stress disorder.

Dr. Mostoufi’s clinical training and research has focused primarily on the co-occurrence of various emotional and behavioral concerns with chronic health conditions. She specializes in treating a range of mental and behavioral health concerns such as anxiety, depression, stress, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, insomnia, binge eating, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), trichotillomania, skin picking, Tourette’s syndrome, as well as the potential co-occurrence of these emotional and behavioral health concerns. Dr. Mostoufi also works with patients seeking support with making life style changes with diet and exercise and coping with life transitions.

Dr. Mostoufi provides a client-centered collaborative approach to delivering evidence-based treatment interventions tailored to each individual’s needs and goals. She utilizes evidence-based techniques such Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and has specialized training in providing exposure therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and mindfulness-based interventions.