PhD Clinical Psychology: Faculty

The PhD Clinical Psychology program faculty is a talented and highly distinguished group of psychologists from across the globe, with wide-ranging clinical and research specialties. As a whole, the faculty members support evidence-based approaches to practice and are actively involved in important clinical research. Core faculty – those primarily based at Palo Alto University’s (PAU) main campus provide the backbone of the program. In addition, PAU’s associated faculty spends at least 20% of their time teaching and supervising research at the university. Many of these faculty members have appointments with the VA Palo Alto Health Care System and bring important insights from their work there. Finally, a dedicated group of adjunct faculty members provides teaching and clinical supervision in areas that are not otherwise represented by core or associated faculty.

 

Genevieve Arnaut, PsyD, PhD

Associate Professor
Director of Clinical Training
Research Interests: Forensic psychology; qualitative research; clinical training; diversity, equity, and inclusion

 

Kimberly Balsam, PhD

Chair, Department of Psychology
Professor
Director, LGBTQ Area of Emphasis
Director, Center for LGBTQ Evidence-based Applied Research (CLEAR)
Research Interests: LGBTQ psychology; women and gender; same-sex and heterosexual couples; trauma; CBT

 

Alinne Barrera, PhD

Associate Professor
Research Interests: Working with immigrant, Spanish-speaking individuals with mood disorders; designing and testing depression programs for underserved populations

 

Bruce Bongar, PhD, ABPP, FAPM

Calvin Professor of Psychology
Research Interests: Suicide and self-destructive behaviors; clinical and legal standards of care; emergency and disaster psychology; the psychology of suicide terrorism

 

Lisa M. Brown, PhD, ABPP

Professor
Director, Trauma Area of Emphasis
Research Interests: Stress, resilience, assessment, treatment, aging, suicide, disasters, terrorism, violence, vulnerable and underserved populations.

 

Eduardo Bunge, PhD

Professor
Institute for International Internet Interventions for Health (i4Health)
Director, MS in Psychology Program
Research Interests: Psychotherapeutic approaches for children and adolescents with internalizing disorders.

 

Joyce P. Chu, PhD

Professor
Director, Center for Excellence in Diversity
Director, Diversity and Community Mental Health (DCMH) Area of Emphasis
Research Interests: Geriatrics; ethnic minority populations; diversity

 

Matthew Cordova, PhD

Associate Professor
Co-Director, Early Intervention Clinic
Research Interests: Health psychology; cognitive behavioral therapy; traumatic stress; early intervention to prevent trauma-related problems; social support; posttraumatic growth; positive psychology

 

Amanda M. Fanniff, PhD

Associate Professor
Research Interests: Forensic psychology; developmental considerations in the assessment and treatment of juvenile offenders; juvenile competence to stand trial; adults and adolescents who commit sexual offenses

 

Robert D. Friedberg, PhD, ABPP, ACT

Professor
Director, Center for the Study and Treatment of Anxious Youth
Director, Pediatric Behavioral Health Care Area of Emphasis
Research Interests: Training clinicians for the next generation in behavioral health care with youth; dissemination of empirically based approaches; school mental health; innovative cognitive behavioral treatment/prevention delivery models and systems

 

Rowena Gomez, PhD

Professor
Research Interests: Aging; neuropsychology; depression

 

Amie Haas, PhD

Professor
Associate Director of Academic and Research Training
Research Interests: Substance abuse in college populations

 

Janice Habarth, PhD

Associate Professor
Research Interests: Social norms and attitudes; cultural competencies among healthcare providers; intersectional and feminist approaches to understanding prejudice, privilege, stigma, and health disparities; LGBTQ+ and gender studies

 

Elena Herrera, PsyD

Clinical Faculty
Assistant Director, The Gronowski Center
Clinical Interests: Latinx mental health, clinical supervision, trauma, attachment based therapy, children and adolescents

 

Rayna Hirst, PhD

Associate Professor
Director, Clinical Neuropsychology Area of Emphasis
Research Interests: Neuropsychological assessment; effort testing; learning and memory; executive dysfunction; substance use/abuse

 

John Liedecke, PhD

Assistant Professor
Practicum Site Coordinator
Research Interests: LGBTQ psychology, community mental health, psychodiagnostic and neuropsychological testing for case formulation and treatment planning

 

Yan Leykin, PhD

Associate Professor
Associate Director of Academic and Research Training
Research interests: Judgment and decision-making of psychiatric populations, with a special focus on depression; cognitive behavioral interventions; internet interventions and technology-based resources for depression and other health conditions

 

Steven Lovett, PhD

Research Faculty
Research Interests: Psychological issues in heart disease & other chronic illnesses

 

Sandy Macias, PhD

Clinical Faculty
Director, The Gronowski Center
Research Interests: Couples and Children

 

Elizabeth McConnell, PhD

Assistant Professor
Research Interests:Sexual and gender minority health and wellbeing; relational and structural influences on health; social network analysis; mixed-methods

 

James Moses, PhD

Research Faculty
Research Interests: Clinical neuropsychology; psychological assessment

 

Ricardo F. Muñoz, PhD

Distinguished Professor of Clinical Psychology
Founder, Institute for International Internet Interventions for Health (i4Health)
Research Interests: Prevention and treatment of depression; smoking cessation; evidence-based Internet interventions for health and wellness; digital self-help; reducing health disparities worldwide.

 

Alayna Park, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychology
Research Interests: Community-engaged research; intervention design and implementation; treatment fidelity and adaptation; mental health treatment engagement; reducing racial and ethnic disparities in mental health care

 

Sita G. Patel, PhD

Associate Professor
Research Interests: Cultural and community psychology; immigration and acculturation among adolescents and families; community partnership and school-based intervention; refugee mental health; reducing health disparities

 

Jonathan R. Peretz, PsyD

Assistant Professor
Clinical Interests: Accelerated-Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP), Time-Limited Dynamic Psychotherapy (TLDP), mindfulness-based interventions, change mechanisms in psychotherapy, mood disorders, trauma, LGBTQ concerns, adolescent psychotherapy, and clinical supervision.  

 

Jayme L. Peta, PhD

Associate Director of Clinical Training
Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Transgender and gender non-binary mental health; diversity, equity, and inclusion in clinical training; schizophrenia and serious mental illness in marginalized populations

 

Michael Richards, PhD

Assistant Professor
Clinical Supervisor, Sexual & Gender Identities Clinic
Clinical Interests: Young adult populations; LGBTQ+ populations; college counseling; depression, anxiety & substance use disorders; supervision and professional development

 

Predair Robinson, PhD

Assistant Professor
Interim Director of the Sexual and Gender Identities Clinic (SGIC)
Interests: Supervision and training; LGBTQ psychology; social justice; feminist therapy
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Josef I. Ruzek, PhD

Research Faculty
Founding Director, The Early Intervention Clinic
Research Interests: Early intervention to prevent PTSD; cognitive-behavioral treatments for PTSD; web- and phone-based interventions; dissemination of best practices in treatment of PTSD

 

Tilman Schulte, PhD

Professor
Research Interests: Cognition and behavior; neuroscience; clinical psychology

 

Teceta Tormala, PhD

Associate Professor
Faculty Director of Equity and Inclusion
Director, PhD Academic Advising Center
Research Interests: Negotiation of social identity across contexts; intersectionality of social identities; stereotyping, prejudice, and intergroup processes; racial and ethnic identity processes among Black immigrants

 

Lynn C. Waelde, PhD

Professor
Director, Meditation and Psychology Area of Emphasis
Research Interests: Meditation and psychotherapy; trauma; dissociation; PTSD

 

Stacie L. Warren, PhD

Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Pursuing and translating basic research to applied settings and continuing interdisciplinary scholarship. Understanding key mechanisms and pathways that contribute to the development and maintenance of anxiety and depression and related brain function and dysfunction

 

Christopher M. Weaver, PhD

Associate Professor
Director, Forensic Psychology Area of Emphasis
Research Interests: Assessment of malingered PTSD; contributions of PTSD to criminal offending; psychopathy/PTSD co-occurrence

 

Robert E. Wickham, PhD

Associate Professor
Director of the Palo Alto University Statistics Consultation Center (SCC)
Research Interests: The role of authenticity and attachment style in close relationship functioning; schematic knowledge structures and uncertainty reduction; applied research methods and statistical modeling

 

Matthew Yalch, PhD

Assistant Professor​
Research Interests: Trauma and co-occurring problems; structure and assessment of personality; application of Bayesian statistics; teaching and pedagogy

 

 
 
 
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