Palo Alto University 2016 Accomplishments

Thursday, December 22, 2016

PAU is very proud to announce a number of significant faculty/staff accomplishments this year which recognize the high quality of our faculty and staff and our strong contributions to the field of psychology.


California Psychological Association (CPA) and American Psychological Association (APA)

Dr. Paul Marcille, our Undergrad Programs Director, has been elected President-Elect of  the California Psychological Association (CPA)

Dr. Bruce Bongar, our current professor was selected as the recipient of the 2016 Distinguished Contribution to Psychology award from California Psychological Association (CPA).   This award honors a psychologist who has improved the image of psychology by increasing the public’s understanding of the discipline and/or the profession of psychology in a significant way.

Dr. Jorge Wong, our , current professor and trustee, is the outgoing President of CPA and has just been appointed to APA’s Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice

Dr. Matthew D. Skinta, Director, Sexual & Gender Identity Clinic, Gronowski Center, just completed his second year as chair and his three year term on the APA ad hoc Committee on Psychology and AIDS.  He was also appointed 2017 Convention Chair for APA's Division 44.

Dr. Kimberly Balsam, Professor, PAU’s Co-Director of the Center for LGBTQ Evidence-Based Applied Research (CLEAR), and the Co-Director of the LGBTQ Emphasis Area, is President of the APA’s LGBT Division

Our President, Dr. Maureen O’Connor, is the Chair of the APA Human Rights Task Force

Council of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS):

Dr. Ricardo F. Muñoz, Professor of Clinical Psychology and Founding Director of i4Health, was elected this November to the rank of Fellow by the Council of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (, the world’s largest general scientific society.  Dr. Muñoz is being honored: For distinguished contributions towards the prevention of major depression and the development of Internet interventions to improve mental health worldwide.

Western Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (WACES):

Dr. Margaret Lamar, Assistant Professor in the Master Degree program, is currently the WACES treasurer and is on the ballot for WACES President, voting in December. 

Dr. William Snow, our Master Degree Program Director, received the Outstanding Mentor Award from WACES this month. The award is testament to the hard work and commitment of Dr. Snow and was the result of many professors and students submitting sincere and heartfelt nominations and letters on his behalf. Dr. Snow is a true inspiration to all at PAU and a former WACES President, who had the task of reviewing all the submissions admitted it was an emotional and even tearful task.  Danny Robbles, current MA counselling student put it, “I will be a better therapist because of knowing Dr. Snow.”

Our gratitude goes to all at PAU who go above and beyond in their commitment to both the university and the field of psychology. We look forward to continuing working together to make positive social change in improving lives.

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