Peter Goldblum, PhD



Professor Emeritus of Psychology

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Peter Goldblum, PhD, MPH is Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Founding Director of the Center for LGBTQ Evidence-based Applied Research, Founding Director of the Sexual and Gender Identities Clinic (SGIC) and the LGBTQ Area of Emphasis at Palo Alto University. He received his Ph.D. from Pacific Graduate School of Psychology (now PAU), his MPH from UC, Berkeley School of Public Health, his MA in Psychology and Teaching from Teachers College-Columbia, and his BA from the University of Texas, Austin. He was a founder and original Deputy Director of the UCSF AIDS Health Project and a visiting scholar and Director of the HIV Bereavement and Caregiver Study at Stanford. He is a pioneer in the development of community-based mental health programs for LGBTQ clients with over forty-five years’ experience serving this population in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has contributed to the professional literature related to gay men's health, culture and suicide, end of life issues, HIV and work, and AIDS bereavement, including two highly acclaimed books: Strategies for Survival: A Gay Men's Health Manual for the Age of AIDS (with Martin Delaney) and Working with AIDS Bereavement (with Sarah Erickson). More recently his research has focused on suicide and bullying, including serving as senior editor to the book Youth Suicide and Bullying, by Oxford University Press.

Since leaving full-time teaching, Dr. Goldblum has expanded his interest in the development of culturally and spiritually informed mental health services, that are inclusive of sexual, gender, and ethnic minorities through his position as the Behavioral Health and Public Health Consultant to Project Trust, under the leadership of Reverend Floyd Thompkins. 

This community/academic partnership has garnered three professional articles articulating the principles of trustworthiness and collaboration. The latest article Using Cross-Cultural Collaboration to Establish a Working Coalition for An Equitable COVID-19 Vaccine Program, Journal of Humanistic Psychology (February 2023) can be downloaded from the website of St. Andrew Church.

Dr. Goldblum’s awards include the NCSPP Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Committee Award for his contribution to professional psychology (2008), APA Division 44 Distinguished Contributions to Education and Training Award (2013); and the Larry Beutler Faculty Award, Palo Alto University, In recognition of outstanding national and international contributions to the Field of Psychology (2013).

Areas of Interest:

Gender and Sexual Minorities, Bullying and Suicide, Supervision, Consultation, Program Evaluation, Mental Health and Spirituality