Leonard Beckum, PhD

Leonard Beckum


Professor Emeritus, Palo Alto University

Contact Information:

(650) 433-3825


PhD and PsyD


PhD, Psychology, Stanford University (1973)
BA, Psychology, San Francisco State University (1969


Leonard Beckum, PhD, is Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Psychology at the Palo Alto University and Stanford University. He devotes fifty percent time to the PhD program at the Pacific Graduate School for Psychology and fifty percent time to the PsyD program at the Stanford Medical Behavioral Science Center.

Dr. Beckum’s professional experience includes: Director of WestEd's Center for Educational Equity and Director of the Region IX Equity Assistance Center; Associate Laboratory Director and Principal Investigator at Far West Laboratory for Research and Development; Dean of the School of Education, City College, the City University of New York; Vice President and Vice Provost and Professor of Public Policy Studies, Duke University.

He has also been a vocational/technical high school teacher, a criminal justice instructor, a community organizer, a San Francisco Police Officer and an evaluator and technical assistance provider for the 21st Century Community Centers Program.

Areas of Interest:

Cultural competency professional development training; research on embedding character traits in the regular school curriculum; program planning and evaluation; educational equity technical assistance and planning; community involvement;

Selected Publications:

Selected Books:

Beckum, L. C.,& Dasho, S. J. (1980). Confronting Diversity: A Multidisciplinary Study of Teacher Training Needs in Newly Desegregated Schools.

Selected Articles:

Beckum, L. C.,Zimny, A., & Fox, A. E. (1989). The Urban Landscape: Educating for the Twenty-first Century.Journal of Negro Education, 430-441.

Beckum, L. C.(1983). Testing and the minority child. New Directions for Testing & Measurement.

Beckum, L. C.(1979). Desegregation/Integration: Help or Hindrance in Overcoming Black School Failure.

Shavelson, R. J., Beckum, L. C., & Brown, B. (1974). A criterion sampling approach to selecting patrolmen. The Police Chief41, 55-61.

Websites and Other Relevant Links:

APA Monitor on Psychology: Leonard C. Beckum, Ph.D.: A professor, civil rights advocate, and former police officer.