Founded in 1975 as the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, Palo Alto University is dedicated to improving lives through education and research anchored in psychology, clinical training and practice in a diversity of cultures, and service to communities around the world.
Palo Alto University (PAU) is a private, nonprofit educational institution, founded in 1975 as the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology (PGSP), an independent, professional school. PGSP was first accredited in 1986 by the regional accrediting body, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. It has been continuously accredited since then. PGSP re-incorporated as Palo Alto University in August 2009. PAU is dedicated to education with an emphasis in the behavioral and social sciences; to promoting future innovators and leaders for the benefit of society; to generating knowledge through research and scholarship of the highest level; and to providing services to the community informed by science and scholarship.
PAU also maintains several international collaborations, supporting local, clinical practicum training in China and Latin America for students who participate in PAU's online M.A. in Counseling program. The University is also in collaborative partnerships with many community organizations, including Stanford School of Medicine, the Department of Veterans Affairs, Palo Alto Medical Center, and other mental health care organizations. The Gronowski Center, a University affiliated organization, delivers low-cost mental health services while also providing valuable, supervised training to PAU graduate students. In addition, PAU sponsors several academic centers devoted to child mental health, evidence-based care for LGBTQ clients, excellence in diversity and community care, and internet-based global healthcare. Looking to the future, PAU is developing programs to assist genocide survivors in Rwanda.
Mission, Values, and Vision
Engaging Minds and Improving Lives Locally and Globally through Innovative Education.
Through collaborative leadership we transform in measurable and accountable ways the quality of lives through psychological insights, scientific rigor and compassion for humanity.
All existing and envisioned programs should embody the following core values:
- Diversity and inclusion in all endeavors (see Faculty Statement on Diversity and Inclusion)
- Excellence and distinction in all aspects of programs and operations
- Innovation in the pursuit of science, evidence-based practice, and pedagogy
- Operational transparency
- Fiscal responsibility
- Strong, collaborative relationships with local, national, and international partners
- Commitment to each student’s personal and professional growth
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