B.S. in Psychology and Social Action
Daniel J. Bunce, Ph.D.
Dr. Bunce's background is in Continental Philosophy and its contributions to the field of Psychology. He specializes in hermeneutics, psychology as a human science, theories of embodiment, and qualitative research methods. Grounded in a phenomenological comprehension of the lived-body, Dr. Bunce's research and publications attempt to clarify the meaning of limb loss, physical disability, and the nature and significance of prosthetic rehabilitation. His research has specifically addressed how microprocessor-controlled prosthetic limbs facilitate psychological and physical adjustment to transfemoral amputations.
Dr. Bunce has been teaching in both the Philosophy and Psychology departments for the Foothill-De Anza Community College District since 1994. He also teaches the Philosophy of Science and Ethics course in the De Anza/PAU consortium.
Dr. Bunce obtained B.A. degrees in Philosophy and Psychology from U.C. Santa Cruz. He earned M.A. degrees in Philosophy and Psychology as well as his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Duquesne University.
James O. Clifford, Jr., Ph.D.
James Clifford, Ph.D., has been a a faculty member at College of San Mateo and at DeAnza College since 1997 and 1992 respectively.
Dr. Clifford worked as staff neurophysiologist at NASA's Vestibular Research Facility from 1987 until 1997, and was director of science from 1994-1997. While working at NASA, Dr. Clifford also worked at the University of California San Francisco's (UCSF) Brain Function Lab (BFL) along with Dr. M. Rappaport. During his tenure at the BFL, Dr. Clifford worked primarily with traumatically brain injured patients and coma patients. With this experience, Clifford designed several methods of assessment for the TBI/Coma populations and developed the origins of the TriVector stimulator and recording apparatus.
Dr. Clifford also operated a lab at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Palo Alto, CA (a major national aging research center affiliated with Stanford University), where he applied the TriVector technology to problems associated with Alzheimer's disease. Dr. Clifford also applied TriVector to the fields of toxicology, anesthesiology, and paralysis at San Jose State University.
Dr. Clifford has a BA in Psychology and a BA in Physical Anthropology from San Francisco State University (1984). He later earned his MA in Experimental Psychology at San Francisco State University (1986). While at the UCSF Brain Function Labs and NASA, Dr. Clifford received his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Santa Cruz with emphasis in neuroscience in 1995.
Chris Cox teaches Social Problems for the Psychology and Social Action program. He has 13 years experience in higher education, including teaching the disciplines of Sociology and Global Studies in the community college and California State University systems. While an adjunct faculty member at Mission College in Santa Clara, CA, he helped to develop course curriculum for the Global Studies program; he has also been instrumental in the development of the Global Studies program at San Jose State University, where he is a Lecturer in the department of Sociology. He has led national and international service learning experiences for students to the Southwestern United States and El Salvador. Mr. Cox has received awards for excellence in teaching service learning courses, and his work with disabled students. Additionally, he works as a facilitator in a leadership training program with the MOSAIC multicultural center at SJSU. He is an active member of the California Faculty Association and the American Association of University Professors. He was recently a finalist in consideration for the Outstanding Lecturer Faculty of the Year award at SJSU (2010).
Chris Cox has an MA in Sociology from San Jose State University, and a BA in Sociology (minor in Spanish) from CSU San Bernardino.
Areas of Research: social stratification, social problems, global sociology, sexuality, sociology of education, human rights.
Mark C. Healy, M.A.
Mark Healy teaches Statistics for the Social Sciences and Research Methods in the PGSP/De Anza consortium. He is an adjunct faculty member at De Anza College, where he teaches General Psychology and Introductory Psychology. He also co-facilitates a LinC course, "Mind Control" with a member of the Speech Communication faculty. When not teaching, Mark is an industrial/organizational psychologist who helps Fortune 500 companies use data and measurement to address people issues in the workplace. He also assists other psychologists with evaluation and validation of their assessment tools.
In addition to De Anza, Mark has served as an adjunct faculty member at Cal State University, Hayward and the University of Akron, Ohio; in addition, he teaches a yearly Special Topics course at the Florida Institute of Technology. He obtained his B.A. from UC Santa Cruz. He earned his MA in Psychology from the University of Akron.
Areas of Research:
Leadership effectiveness; recruitment and employee selection; psychometrics and individual differences.
Selected Publications and Reports:
Healy, M. C., & Rose, D. S. (2006). Validation of a 360-degree feedback instrument gainst retail sales performance. In S. Reddy (Ed.) Multi-source Performance Assessments: Perspectives and Insights. Hyderabad, India: ICFAI Press. Healy, M. C., & Rose, D. S. (2000). Level IV Evaluation of Whirlwind's Reading Comprehension through Dance Program. 3D Group Technical Report #2120. Berkeley, CA: Data Driven Decisions, Inc. Doverspike, D., Winter, J. L., Healy, M. C., & Barrett, G. V. (1996). Simulations as a Method of Illustrating the Impact of Differential Weights on Personnel Selection Outcomes. Human Performance, 7, 31-54. Healy, M. C., Lehman, M., & McDaniel, H. A. (1995). Age and Voluntary Turnover: A Quantitative Review. Personnel Psychology, 48, 335-345.
Paul J. Marcille, Ph.D.
Director and Professor
Dr. Marcille joined the Palo Alto University faculty in 2006 from the American University of Paris in France, where he was the Vice-President and Dean of Student Affairs and Chairman of the Psychology Department. He is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with a specialty working with adolescent and university age students. During his tenure in Paris, he also maintained a private practice and was a member and President of the International Counseling Service (ICS), an association of Anglophone psychologists and psychiatrists in France. He was on the board of directors of several international schools and is an expert on international education. Since coming to PAU, Dr. Marcille has served as the President of the Santa Clara County Psychological Association and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the California Psychological Association. He has a private practice in Los Gatos, where he works with adolescent and adult males. Dr. Marcille’s clinical and research interests include culture shock, multilingualism, men’s psychology and developmental issues in late adolescence and early adulthood.
Dr. Marcille obtained his B.A. in Psychology from Ohio University and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Chicago Medical School. He completed his pre-doctoral clinical internship at the North Chicago Veterans Administration Medical Center and his postdoc at Woodbridge Hospital in Virginia, where he also became the Director of Psychological Services.
Katherine Schaefers, M.A.
Ms. Schaefers received her MA in Classical Archaeology from the Universiteit Leiden, Netherlands (2006).Her primary research interests include Gnostic Archaeology and the iconography of Graeco-Roman mystery religions. Katherine is currently a lecturer in Cultural Anthropology, Physical Anthropology, and the Anthropology of Magic, Science, and Religion at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, California. She is also a part of the teaching faculty at Canada College, Ohlone College, and at Stanford University’s Continuing Studies Program. Her selected publications include:
Schaefers, K. (2011). GnosticImagery from the Beginning of our Era to Today. Rose+Croix Journal, vol. 8, 99-123.
Schaefers, K. (2010). An Isis Timeline. Rosicrucian Digest, vol. 9, 2-8.
Schaefers, K. (2010). Essene Ethnicity. Rose+CroixJournal, vol. 5, 95-107.
Melissa Tamas, Ph.D.
Professor Tamas obtained her BGS (Bachelors in General Studies) with a concentration in film, video and communications from the University of Michigan. She has a master’s degree from New York University in the area of cultural/media studies, focusing specifically on gendered representations in film. She also has a second master’s degree in general psychology (also from NYU) and a Ph.D. in developmental psychology (Clark University). Always a life long learner, she is completing a postdoctoral certificate in clinical psychology so she can apply her developmental and cultural perspectives to mental illness and work clinically with children and families.
Professor Tamas loves teaching and has taught a wide variety of psychology courses at the community college, university and graduate levels. Her previous research has explored her interest in cognition and cultural studies and has investigated gendered representations in film, explored narratives of American identity, documented interpersonal commitment stories and considered the impact of social class on educational experiences. Her current research focus merges her interest developmental science, psychopathology and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy.
Sandra Trafalis, Ph.D.
Dr. Sandra Trafalis received her Ph.D in Experimental Psychology from DePaul University. Her research interests include the social psychology of social action, social power, biological foundations of mental illness and interpersonal relationships. She has over 10 years experience working with in the public mental health system, has worked on various policy committees designed to improve care and access to underserved mentally ill, and designed information systems to collect and analyze data on the efficacy, quality, and performance of health care systems and designed and evaluated early intervention and health promotion programs.. She is the past director of program development and IT for a community mental health agency.
Yotam Heineberg, PsyD
Dr. Heineberg is a clinical supervisor for therapists in training and lecturer for Palo Alto University, as well as Applied Psychological Interventions Associate at CCARE. His work is informed by his training in Compassion Focused Therapy and evidence based principles to explore new routes towards healing via compassion practices. Dr. Heineberg’s passion has been finding effective methods for healing the cycle of violence with compassion. With collaborators Drs. Rony Berger and Philip Zimbardo, he has been implementing “ERASE-Stress-Pro-Social”, a school-based, teacher mediated program that reduces post traumatic distress and increases pro social engagement in warzones and inner cities. They have recently completed data collection on an international project to examine the processes of heroic transformation from violence to peacemaker among former gang members, and Israeli and Palestinian former combatants who now work to make peace in their communities. These pilots will inform future compassion trainings in school systems worldwide. Dr. Heineberg is also passionate about scalable technology based interventions to increase wellbeing and compassion. He recently developed VBT (Values and Behavior Tracking), a web based program that emphasizes a healing integration of positive values with kind behaviors. He also works with his collaborator Dr. Dan Martin in order to develop additional technology tools to increase wellbeing and pro-sociality in a variety of settings, ranging from clinical populations, to school systems and workplace environments. Dr. Heineberg earned his undergraduate degree in psychology and comparative literature at Tel Aviv University. He completed his doctorate in clinical psychology at the PGSP-Stanford consortium focusing on the cycle of violence, trauma and aggression, and applied scalable interventions to increase psychological wellbeing, and compassion for self and others. He recently completed his post-doctoral fellowship with CCARE, where he has focused his energy on developing compassion interventions, as well as leading the Stanford Compassion In Action student volunteer initiative in East Palo Alto.
Carrie Talesfore, Ph.D
Carrie Talesfore received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the University of Hawai´i at Manoa where her research and clinical training were concentrated on children with autism spectrum disorders, youths and adults with eating disorders, and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for a variety of mental health concerns. Dr. Talesfore completed her predoctoral clinical internship at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and her postdoctoral assistantship at the May Institute Pediatric Specialty Center. She has worked with children, adolescents, and young adults in various capacities and currently enjoys seeing clients in private practice.
Dr. Talesfore has taught several courses for PAU and San Jose State University including Child Psychopathology, Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy, Cross Cultural Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Theories of Personality, and General Psychology. She is also an Assistant Program Director for the undergraduate program at PAU.
Professor and Assistant Director, Hybrid Business Psychology Program
Don Uy-Barreta has been teaching economics and finance related courses since 1999. He has also helped revise certificate programs and course offerings in various institutions. In addition, he has over a decade long experience in investment management, most recently as a Portfolio Analyst, where he assisted in managing nearly $4.5 billion in tax-exempt securities. He has also consulted at SRI International (originally founded as Stanford Research Institute) for the Domain Specific Assessment project funded by the Department of Education. He has taught at De Anza College, Palo Alto University, Notre Dame de Namur University, U.C. Berkeley Extension, and U.C. Santa Cruz Extension. His main interest lies in macroeconomics, developmental economics, labor economics and investment management. He has a B.A. and an M.S. in Economics and is currently pursuing his second masters in finance.
Teceta Tormala, Ph.D
Dr. Teceta Tormala is a social psychologist whose experimental work has focused on the causes and consequences of the perception of prejudice by low- and high-status group members, and on racial and ethnic identity processes among Black immigrants.
Dr. Tormala earned her undergraduate degree at Duke University, and received her Ph.D. in social psychology from Stanford University. She completed an NSF-funded postdoctoral fellowship at The Graduate Center, City University of New York. Prior to joining the faculty at Palo Alto University, Dr. Tormala was a lecturer at Stanford University, and a visiting assistant professor at Indiana University.
Courtney Lockwood, Ph.D
Dr. Lockwood received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology and completed the neuropsychological assessment certificate program at Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, Palo Alto University. She completed her clinical internship training on the neuropsychology track at the Baltimore VA/University of Maryland Consortium. She is currently completing her postdoctoral fellowship in neuropsychology at the War Related Illness and Injury Center (WRIISC), at the Washington DC VA Medical Center. She has published and presented research findings in the areas of neuropsychological assessment, traumatic brain injury and polytrauma, posttraumatic stress disorder, and facial affect recognition.
Angel Roque, M.A.
Angel Roque received his B.A. in Social and Cultural Anthropology from UC Irvine. He then went on to get his M.A. in Anthropology from Stanford. He is currently a Doctoral candidate at Stanford for Anthropology. Her dissertation research focuses on the intersection between gentrification and local understandings of race, class and urban citizenship in the Lakeshore neighborhoods of Chicago. As an instructor for PAU Roque focuses on providing his students of psychology and social action with a better understanding of how culture and socially situated perspectives can structure cross-cultural encounters in clinical, advocacy and everyday settings between mental health professionals and their clients. He has taught at DeAnza College, Stanford University, and UC Santa Cruz as well as PAU. Roque is also an US army veteran.
John Gomez, M.A.
John Gomez attended San Jose State University where he received a B.A. in Social Sciences, an M.A. in Sociology and he has an Ed.D expected for 2015. His psychology and social action specialties include sociology and community building. Gomez also teaches at San Jose State University, National Hispanic University, and the University of Phoenix as well as PAU. He also explores the impact of technology and the Internet on student achievement. Gomez also used to be in the US Navy.