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

M.A. Counseling Faculty

Areas of Emphasis:
   -Marriage, Family, and Child (MFT)
   -Clinical Mental Health (LPCC)

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M.A. Counseling faculty bring strong backgrounds in family therapy, child/adolescent development, clinical practice, counseling, violence prevention and other disciplines that are the basis of practice as a Marriage and Family Therapist or Clinical Mental Health Counselor.

The following individuals represent core faculty for the M.A. Counseling program. These are partial lists of the instructors students work with as they pursue a Master’s degree at Palo Alto University. Each name below is linked to the faculty member’s bio.

Core Faculty, Residential

William Snow, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Director, M.A. Counseling Program

  • Ph.D. in Social Welfare
  • Selected interests: research and program evaluation, professional identity, career development theories, social justice and, organizational leadership

Tim Baima, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Clinical Training Director

  • Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Selected interests: family, child/adolescent and home-based therapy; violence prevention and intervention

Margaret Lamar, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

  • Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision (CACREP)
  • Selected interests: research education, researcher development, ethics, professional identity

Karen Roller, Ph.D., MFT

  • Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology
  • Selected interests: attachment, somatic psychotherapy

Megan Speciale, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

  • Ph.D. in Counselor Education (CACREP)
  • Selected interests: Feminist and queer perspectives of counseling, issues related to LGBTQQIA populations,  sexuality counseling and education, community-based and participatory action research

Core Faculty, Remote

Scott Hinkle, Ph.D.

  • Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology and Human Systems
  • Selected interests: marriage, child family counseling; psychodiagnosis; research

Jennie Ju, Ph.D.

  • Ph.D. in Counseling 
  • Selected interests:  couples therapy, family therapy, human development, multicultural counseling

Sheri Pickover, Ph.D.

  • Ph.D. in Counseling
  • Selected interests: disenfranchised children, adults and families; attachment theory, human development

Adjunct Faculty

Tyler Kimbel, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor

  • Ph.D. in Counseling Education and Supervision (CACREP)
  • Selected interests: school counseling; counselor education; research and program evaluation

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