When he is not in clinic, Dr. Peters enjoys tentatively petting his tabby cat’s soft belly, hiking (only when there’s shade), and doing small woodworking projects to justify buying a bunch of power tools he does not really need. He also enjoys computer games, and he has built his own gaming PC that is so garish that it looks like a slot machine.
Matthew Peters, MD
Dr. Matthew Peters, M.D. is a psychiatrist who focuses on depression, anxiety, and interventional treatments for those who have not found relief with medications.
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Dr. Matthew Peters, M.D. is a board-certified psychiatrist who focuses on depression, anxiety, and interventional treatments for those who have not found relief with medications. While in college, he worked part-time as a local journalist in the Bay Area. On the job, he met many people on the streets who suffered from severe mental illness. He enjoyed learning their stories, how their minds worked, and wanted to help alleviate their suffering—and so he pivoted from journalism. He graduated college with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and went on to medical school to become a psychiatrist.
When working with patients, Dr. Peters takes a holistic view of the person and the circumstances that have brought them to seek professional assistance. He pursues a collaborative approach that is informed by evidence-based principles, to maximize the chance of success and minimize the potential risks of treatment. Unfortunately, many patients end up misdiagnosed by previous providers and receive treatments that are unhelpful or even potentially harmful. Dr. Peters will work with you, when appropriate, to ensure you have a thorough and accurate evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment plan that is tailored to your needs and preferences.
After making a careful diagnosis, Dr. Matthew Peters provides treatment via medications and brief cognitive-behavioral and supportive psychotherapies; he can also help patients plan their treatment goals and provide advice on what kind of therapist may best suit their specific needs. Dr. Peters also specializes in treating patients with depression who have not found relief after trying multiple medications. For these patients, he uses new approaches such as Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) therapy and esketamine.
Education & Experience
Dr. Peters graduated from UC Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, magna cum laude.
After this, he attended the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), for medical school—ranked perennially as one of the top 10 medical schools in the nation. He then completed his residency in psychiatry at UCSF. During his residency, he was selected among his peers as the Chief Resident for the psychiatric hospital at UCSF (Langley Porter Hospital). He also cared for patients at various UCSF and San Francisco VA outpatient clinics. He provided medication management and psychotherapy including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for patients with mood, psychotic, personality, substance use, and trauma-related disorders. He supervised residents, led quality-improvement projects within the hospital, and helped build the curricula used to train residents in the training program. He received a Certificate of Distinction at UCSF in Clinical Neuroscience.
He joined Mindful Health Solutions in the Summer of 2022.
Byrne, K. N., McDevitt, E. A., Sheremata, S. L., Peters, M. W., Mednick, S. C., & Silver, M. A. (2020). Transient cholinergic enhancement does not significantly affect either the magnitude or selectivity of perceptual learning of visual texture discrimination. Journal of vision, 20(6), 5. https://doi.org/10.1167/jov.20.6.5
Peters, M., Datta, V. (2020). Possible Association of OCD with Epidiolex (Cannabidiol) in a Patient with Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome [Poster Presentation]. Annual Meeting of the Academy of Consultation-Liason Psychiatry, Phoenix, AZ, USA. https://www.eventscribe.com/2020/CLP/
Byrne, K., Peters, M., McDevitt, E., Sheremata, S. (2017) The effects of cholinergic enhancement and consolidation duration on perceptual learning of texture discrimination [Poster Presentation]. Annual Conference, Vision Sciences Society, St. Petersburg, FL, USA.
Pursnani, S., Peters, M., et al., (2016) Electrical Survival Analysis of St. Jude Medical Durata and Riata ST Optim High-Voltage Leads from the VA National Cardiac Device Surveillance Program [Poster Presentation]. Heart Rhythm Society Annual Meeting, Denver, CO.
Peters, M.W., Lee, B.K., Ko, A. (2016). Insider’s Pre-Med Guidebook: Advice from admissions faculty at America’s top medical schools. CreateSpace.
Peters, M., Lee, B., (2015) The association of Ethnicity, Age, and Gender of Adult Patients with Different Types of Supraventricular Tachycardia [Poster Presentation]. UCSF Inquiry Symposium, San Francisco, CA, USA
Peters, M., McDevitt, E., Sheremata, S., Silver, M., (2013) Cholinergic Enhancement of Single Session Perceptual Learning is Location Specific [Poster Presentation]. Annual Conference, Cognitive Neuroscience Society, San Francisco, CA, USA.
Peters, M., Sheremata, S., Silver, M., (2011) Perceptual Learning in Surround Facilitation and Surround Suppression [Poster Presentation]. Annual Conference, P.U.R.C., Berkeley, CA, USA