Palo Alto University (PAU) offers degrees at the Bachelors, Masters', and Doctoral level.
The Pacific Graduate School of Psychology is the graduate school within PAU.
PAU offers consortium degrees at the Masters' and Doctoral level with The Stanford University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University Medical Center.
About Palo Alto University
Founded in 1975 as the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, Palo Alto University (PAU) is dedicated to improving lives through education and research anchored in psychology, clinical training and practice in a diversity of cultures, and service to communities around the world.
• Over 100 full and part-time nationally and internationally recognized faculty representing the foundational facets of psychology as well as specialized clinical interests.
• Consortium with Stanford’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences for a clinical doctorate degree (Psy.D.).
• Joint program with Golden Gate University for dual J.D./Ph.D. degrees.
• Masters level teaching in North America, China and Argentina.
• Pioneering Bachelors programs in Business Psychology and Psychology & Social Action.
• American Psychological Association (APA) Board of Educational Affairs Award for PAU’s curriculum on diversity and community mental health.
• Quadrupled student enrollment to 800 in the past 10 years with the expansion from one to seven degree programs, bachelor through doctorate. Students currently from 25 different countries.
• PAU’s faculty ranked among the top 25 schools and universities for research productivity in a study of 166 APA-accredited clinical psychology Ph.D. programs by Stewart, Roberts & Roy.
• Emphasis on translational research leading to evidenced-based, best practices.
• PAU is the leading university for Systematic Treatment Selection research featuring various methods for integrating psychodynamic with cognitive behavioral aspects of clinical psychology.
Clinical Training and Practice
• Training in evidence-based clinical practices for people with serious mental health illness in PAU’s Gronowski Clinic with state-of-the-art evidence-based supervision.
• Integration of research and hands-on clinical practice in culturally informed treatments.
• More than 900 graduates licensed to practice as clinical psychologists.
• Clinical assessment and psychotherapy, regardless of ability to pay, at PAU’s Gronowski clinic.
• Over 80,000 hours per year of in-kind clinical services through internships and practicum placements, including collaborative research and in-kind clinical services with the Dept. of Veterans Affairs in San Francisco, Palo Alto and its National Center for PTSD, and El Camino Hospital.
• 9,000 hours per year of social action internships at community centers, schools, and social services agencies (260 hours per student majoring in Psychology & Social Action).
• Public service by faculty/staff/alumni in China, Rwanda, Cambodia and Israel/Palestine.
PAU is committed to providing the best possible student experience and preparation for clinical practice. In addition to the above, PAU guarantees each student no increase in tuition beyond their first year.