Palo Alto University Set to Host 2012 Western Psychological Association Convention This Week

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WPA Conference brings together outstanding group of distinguished psychologists, including several PAU professors.

The WPA President and PAU have put together an incredible team to address conference participants, for what is sure to be an enlightening, empowering and engaging event.

Palo Alto University (PAU), a private, non-profit, higher education institution, is hosting the Western Psychological Association (WPA) annual conference April 26-29 in Burlingame.

“PAU’s faculty members and WPA program chairs Bill Froming and Jim Breckenridge, along with WPA President Delia Saenz, have put together an incredible team to address conference participants,” said Allen Calvin, Ph.D., president of PAU. “We are delighted to be sponsoring what is sure to be an enlightening, empowering and engaging event.”

Several PAU faculty members will be speaking at the WPA conference, including Dr. Froming, Stanley Sue, Ph.D. and Phil Zimbardo, Ph.D.

Dr. Froming, PAU’s vice president for academic affairs, has extensively studied genocide and its effects, will speak on comparative genocide and social psychology on Thursday. On Saturday, Dr. Sue, PAU’s director of the Center for Excellence in Diversity, will speak on cultural competency. Also on Saturday, PAU professor Dr. Zimbardo will address why he created the Heroic Imagination Project, which teaches people of all ages to stand up against injustice and public apathy. On Sunday, Dr. Zimbardo, along with Christina Maslach, will give a 40-year retrospective of the 1971 Stanford Prison Experiment with slides, and talk about its legacy in psychology and law enforcement.

For more information about the convention, or the Terman Teaching Conference that starts today, please visit here.

About Palo Alto University
Founded in 1975 as the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, Palo Alto University (PAU) is dedicated to reducing suffering and improving lives through education and research in psychology, clinical training and practice in a diversity of cultures, and service to communities around the world. PAU offers classes with renowned faculty and impressive clinical training resources in seven degree programs, ranging from Bachelor level to Ph.D. The programs include a consortium with Stanford’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences for a clinical doctorate degree (Psy. D.), and a joint program with Golden Gate University for dual J.D./Ph.D. degrees. The University’s faculty is ranked among the top 25 schools and universities for research productivity out of the 166 APA-accredited clinical psychology Ph.D. programs. Through the University’s own Kurt and Barbara Gronowski Clinic, PAU offers its students the integration of research and hands-on clinical practice in culturally informed assessment and treatment of mental health. As a benefit to the larger community, the Clinic offers its services regardless of the client’s ability to pay. PAU also performs collaborative research and in-kind clinical services at the Dept. of Veterans Affairs facilities in San Francisco, Palo Alto and its National Center for PTSD in Menlo Park, as well as provides in-kind services at more than 60 different community agencies.

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