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
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

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


Eduardo Bunge, PhD

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

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

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

Research Interests: Aging; neuropsychology; depression


Amie Haas, PhD

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

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

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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