Faculty Spotlight #15
Matthew Cordova, Ph.D.
Matthew Cordova, Ph.D., has been an Assistant Professor at PAU since 2002. He teaches the 3-course Health Psychology series, as well as courses in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Together with Dr. Josef Ruzek, Dr. Cordova co-directs the PAU Early Intervention Clinic (www.eiclinic.org), a research clinic dedicated to developing and evaluating therapies to prevent and treat trauma-related problems in recent trauma survivors. Dr. Cordova is also a Staff Psychologist in Behavioral Medicine at the VA Northern California Health Care System’s Martinez Outpatient Clinic, where he works with veterans suffering from a range of medical and psychiatric problems, is a member of multidisciplinary teams in Primary Care and Pain Clinics, and supervises predoctoral psychology interns.
Dr. Cordova earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 1999 from the University of Kentucky. He completed a predoctoral internship in 1998-1999 at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System and a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Stanford University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. His research interests include traumatic stress, psychosocial oncology, and positive psychology.