banner image

Michael Richards, PhD


Assistant Professor
Interim Director of the Gronowski Center 

Contact Information:


Gronowski Clinic


PhD in Clinical Psychology, Palo Alto University, 2018
MS in Clinical Psychology, Palo Alto University, 2015
BA in Psychology, Duke University, 2009


Dr. Richards (he/him) is a scholar-educator Assistant Professor at Palo Alto University and is currently teaching in the M.S., Ph.D., and Bachelor's programs, as well as providing clinical supervision as a licensed psychologist at the Gronowski Center's Sexual and Gender Identity Clinic. Dr. Richards has clinical experience in college counseling, community mental health, and residential substance abuse treatment. He has clinical interests in LGBTQ issues, social justice–informed therapy, anxiety, depression, and substance use. In his free time, he has strong interests in philosophy, literature, and pop culture.

Dr. Richards completed his bachelor’s degree at Duke University, received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Palo Alto University, and completed post-doctoral training at the University of California-Santa Cruz’s Counseling and Psychological Services.

Areas of Interest:

LGBTQ+ Psychology, University Counseling, Affective Disorders, Personality Psychology, Supervision and Mentoring

Selected Publications:

Richards, M.A., Rothblum, E.D., Beauchaine, T.P., & Balsam, K.F. (2017). Adult children of same-sex and heterosexual couples: “Demographic thriving”. Journal of GLBT Family Studies. Epublished ahead of print. doi: 10.1080/1550428X.2016.1164648