A private, nonprofit, accredited educational institution, founded in 1975 as the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology (PGSP).


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Bachelor's completion programs in day and evening/online formats around the Bay Area.


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Online and on-campus evening programs enable students to become licensed mental health professionals (MFT or LPCC) with emphases in: Marriage, Family, and Child or Clinical Mental Health counseling or go on to further study at the doctoral level.


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Generalist training with a balance of clinical work and research. Offering the following areas of emphasis: Child & Family, Diversity & Community Mental Health, Forensic Psychology, LGBTQ Psychology, Meditation & Psychology, Neuropsychology, and Trauma.


The PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium is a clinical psychology doctoral training program jointly run by Palo Alto University (PAU) and the Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Department at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

Online Programs

The convenience of online with the benefit of face-to-face interaction:
Attend classes online with weekly live videoconference classes.

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Heed Award 2015

The 2013, 2014 and 2015 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award was given to PAU from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. PAU was selected based on its exemplary diversity and inclusion initiatives, and its ability to embrace a broad definition of diversity on campus, including gender, race, ethnicity, veterans, people with disabilities, and members of the LGBT community.


Faculty Insights

Since the 1990s, Ricardo Muñoz, Ph.D. has been a pioneer in the development of evidence-based internet interventions for health. He founded the Institute for International Internet Interventions for Health (i4Health).


Diversity Excellence

At Palo Alto University (PAU), research, clinical training, services, community, and teaching are infused with a focus on diversity, underserved populations, and multicultural education. Students participate in Clinical Psychology Ph.D. and Psy.D., and psychology Masters and Bachelors programs where cultural diversity is a strength.


Palo Alto University Announces New President

Palo Alto University Board of Trustees announced that Dr. Maureen O’Connor is the incoming President of Palo Alto University on August 1st, 2016 succeeding Dr. Allen Calvin, the current President.  Dr. Calvin has served this university for over 30 years with tremendous success and will retire this summer and enjoy more time with his family.

The new President, Maureen O’Connor, has been at the City University of New York (CUNY) in New York City for the last 18 years. She was the 2014 recipient of the New York State Psychological Association's Margaret Floy Washburn Mentoring award.  Dr. O’Connor “I am honored and excited to have been selected as the next President of Palo Alto University. Its commitment to diversity and its strategic focus on education anchored in psychology puts it in a unique and excellent position to make a difference in our students’ lives, in Silicon Valley, and beyond.”

Welcome message from Dr. Maureen O'Connor

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1791 Arastradero Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304

Phone: (800) 818-6136 Fax: (650) 433-3888