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.


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.


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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PAU was recognized in 2013 and 2014 on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.


Faculty Insights

Leslie Kimitsuka is a professor in Palo Alto University’s Bachelor degree program in Business Psychology. An experienced business consultant, Professor Kimitsuka teaches courses in Organizational Development, Change Management and Strategic Planning and Execution. She brings years of experience in health care, corporate health care and corporate training to PAU.


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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Palo Alto, CA 94304

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