Palo Alto University Shows Up at APA 2018. Over 100 Faculty, Students and Alumni Featured at Convention

Thursday, August 2, 2018


Palo Alto, CA Aug. 2, 2018 — Over 100 Palo Alto University (PAU) faculty members, students and alumni will join other leaders in the field of psychology to share their knowledge during the 126th annual American Psychology Association (APA) Convention taking place August 9-12 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. This annual event is the largest gathering of psychologists and psychology students in the world with 11,000+ attendees from all areas of specialization in psychology and from research, practice, education and policy.

The convention provides a platform for sharing information on a wide variety of critical and timely topics. PAU community will participate in almost every activity included in the four-day event—from symposiums and poster sessions to workshops and skill-building sessions. A short sampling of PAU participation by members of the PAU community include:

A poster session about “Exploring Multiple Minority Stress in Latinx Gay and Bisexual Men” featuring Kimberly F. Balsam, Ph.D., professor and psychology department chair, Itzel Anaya, B.A., Vinisha Rana, M.A., Michael A. Richards, M.S., and Predair M. Robinson, Ph.D.

A symposium entitled “Can Racism Be Treated Therapeutically? Answers from the Next Generation of Psychologists,” features PAU graduate Andrea M. Che, Ph.D., who will present research on how “Racism Can Be Treated: An Exploration of an Integrative Approach and Client Motivation.”

Participants in the poster session, “Building Bridges: Promoting Relational Success in Parents Experiencing Homelessness,” are Thomas A. Brewer, M.S. Celeste H. Poe, M.A., and Sita G. Patel, Ph.D.

Participants in the poster session, “Immigrant Survivors of Torture: Changes in Coping Before and After Migration” are Vanessa K. Ma, M.S, M.A., Sita G. Patel, Ph.D., Rehan Sheikh, B.A., Lisa M. Brown, Ph.D., Robert E. Wickham, PhD., and Jorge Wong, Ph.D.

Kimberly F. Balsam, Ph.D. presenting her research in the symposium entitled, “Beyond the Binary— Psychology’s Evolving Understanding of LGBTQ+ Issues.”

Ricardo Muñoz, Ph.D. will present his work, “Psychology and Technology Can Contribute to Making Health Care a Universal Human Right,” during the symposium “Advancing Social Justice Internationally—Psychology.”   


A comprehensive list of participation by Palo Alto University faculty, students and alumni can be found here.

Need a break from the action?  PAU is hosting a social ‘mixer’ for the school’s faculty, students and alumni Thursday, August 9 from 6pm to 9pm at the W San Francisco Hotel, 181 3rd Street, San Francisco. Please RSVP to

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