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Jorge Wong, PhD


Clinical Faculty

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Adjunct Faculty




Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, Palo Alto University (2002)
M. S., Clinical Psychology, Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, Palo Alto University (1997)
B. A., Psychology, University of California, Santa Cruz (1989)


Dr. Jorge Wong is the President and CEO of Richmond Area Multi-Services, Inc. (RAMS) a private, non-profit behavioral health agency committed to advocating for and providing community based, culturally-competent, and consumer-guided comprehensive services serving Asian Pacific Islanders, Russian speaking and culturally diverse communities in San Francisco. Previously Dr. Wong served as the Director of the Specialty Mental Health Division at Asian Health Services (AHS) in Oakland, and the Director of Clinical and Regulatory Affairs at Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI) in San Jose for many years. He has also served on the American Psychological Association Practice Organization (APAPO) Committee for the Advancement of Professional Psychology (CAPP), State Leadership Committee (SLC), and as a Board member of the California Psychology Internship Council (CAPIC). Dr. Wong was the 2016 President of the California Psychological Association, recognized as the 2016 Okura Community Leadership Award by the Asian American Psychological Association, and the 2015 Community Heroes Award: Mover and Shaker, by the Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Board. He received his Doctorate from Palo Alto University (PAU) and completed his Internship at Cermak Health Services of Cook County DOC-Rush Presbyterian-Isaac Ray Center (APA). He teaches in the Diversity and Community Mental Health emphasis of the Ph. D. program, emphasizing leadership and advocacy, policy development and administration, procurement and program management. He has also taught the practicum courses in the Doctorate and Masters programs at PAU, and in his spare time, he is one of the alumni Trustees on the PAU Board of Trustees, consults with the U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division, and involved locally with the Santa Clara County and San Francisco Psychological Associations.

Areas of Interest:

Community and integrated behavioral health, ethnic minority, serious mental illness, ATOD, gambling, leadership, advocacy and training in clinical psychology

Selected Publications:

Nazzal, K. H., Forghany, M., Geevarughese, M. C., Mahmoodi, V. and Wong, J.  An Innovative Community-Oriented Approach to Prevention and Early Intervention with Refugees in the United States; Psychological Services (accepted).

Kimpara, S., Wong, J. and Chau, K.  (2014) Cross-Cultural Considerations with Chinese  American Clients: A Perspective on Psychological Assessment.  In Benuto, L. T., Thaler, N. S. and Leany, B. D.  (Eds.) Guide to Psychological Assessment with Asians, (pp. 7-26), New York:  Springer.  DOI 10.1007/978-1-4939-0796-02.

Kondo, T. and Wong, J. (2013, Nov/Dec).  Implementing Evidence Based Practices with Evidence Based Treatments.  The California Psychologist, 46(6), 33.

Shadish, K., Pereira, S. and Wong, J. (2013, Nov/Dec).  Professional Advocacy:  Improvement in the Quality of Care.  The California Psychologist, 46(6), 25-27.

Forrester, B., Wong, J., Kimpara, S., Miscevic, N., Holt, H. and Stein, M. (2013 Winter).  Bridging Research and Practice in Community-Based Minor Consent Treatment Programs.  The Clinical Psychologist: Special Feature, 66(1), 4-7.

Wong, J., Palad, V. and Fan, D. (2012, Jul/Aug).   Roles for Psychologists in Wellness and Recovery:  A culturally responsive approach: The  California Psychologist, 49(4), 30-31.

Chu, J. P., Emmons, L., Wong, J., Goldblum, P., Reiser, R., Barrera, A. Z., & Byrd–Olmstead, J. (2012). Public psychology: A competency model for professional psychologists in community mental health. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice43(1), 39-49.

Chu, J. P., Emmons, L., Wong, J., Goldblum, P., Reiser, R., Barrera, A. Z., & Byrd-Olmstead, J. (2012). The Public Psychology Doctoral Training Model: Training clinical psychologists in community mental health competencies and leadership. Training and Education in Professional Psychology6(2), 76-83.

Schaefer, M. R., Newman, G. H., Perl, R., Morrison, A., Jordan, V. B., Wong, J., ... & Montenegro, H. (2011). Shifting the paradigm: Alternative perspectives and solutions to increasing the availability of quality internships.Training and Education in Professional Psychology, 5(4), 209-212.

Wong, J.and Saechao, K. C., (2011).  Case illustration:  A Culturally Adapted Conceptualization for 1.5 Generation of Southeast Asian Americans.  In Gallardo, M. E., Yeh, C. J., Trimble, J. E. and Parham, T. A. (Eds.), Culturally Adopted Counseling Skills (pp. 167-177), Los Angeles, CA: Sage.

Websites and Other Relevant Links:

CAPIC Board of Directors: Jorge Wong, Ph.D.

Wong, J. (2014, Jan. 13).  Asian Americans for Community Involvement.  Mental Health & Margaret, KSAR 15 Saratoga public access channel.

Wong, J. (2014, Jan. 15).  3 Teens admit to sexual assault of Audrie Pott, ABC Channel 7 KGO, San Francisco.

Wong, J. (2013, Sept. 12).  Women and DUI, CBS, Channel 5 KPIX/KBCW, San Francisco/San Jose.

Wong, J. (2012, Mar 5).  Asian Americans for Community Involvement-Behavioral Health Services, Comcast Newsmakers cable interview.  San Jose, CA.

Wong, J. (2010, May 24).  Healthcare Law in California Needs Reform-in Spanish.