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David Paul, PhD

Site Director & Associate Professor

David Paul, PhD, is currently serving as the site director and associate professor in the clinical counseling program at the California School of Psychology at Alliant International University. Dr. Paul holds a PhD in counselor education and supervision with a specialization in marriage and family therapy from Barry University. Dr. Paul is a national certified counselor from the National Board for Certified Counselors and was admitted to memberships in Delta Epsilon Iota Academic Honor Society and Chi Sigma Iota, the international and professional academic honor society for counseling students. Dr. Paul is also a licensed professional counselor and a board-approved supervisor from the Board of Behavioral Health and Therapies in Minnesota. Dr. Paul has more than 20 years of administrative, supervision, research, counseling, and teaching experience in higher education and community settings. His research interests include ethical advising issues, effective interviewing for student affairs professionals, MCPA Conference, job loss and unemployment, anger management, goal setting and behaviors for success, conflict resolution and bullying prevention, counseling issues, staff development, and career planning and placement.

Kevin O'Connor, PhD


Kevin O'Connor, PhD, is a board-certified clinical child and adolescent psychologist. He is a distinguished professor and coordinator of the Ecosystemic Clinical Child Psychology Emphasis and Training Center at Alliant International University, Fresno. He is the co-founder and a Director Emeritus of the Association for Play Therapy. Dr. O'Connor's clinical specialization is the treatment of children using play therapy. He is the co-founder and now Director Emeritus of the Association for Play Therapy Leader in Play Therapy Research. He currently serves as Director Emeritus for the Association for Play Therapy in Clovis, CA. Dr. O'Connor's primary area of research and clinical interest is the ecosystemic context of the practice of psychology. This includes two elements: one is the conceptualization of the impact of a person's entire personal and ecological experience on his or her ability or inability to cope at any given point in time; the other is the need for psychology to consider those ecosystemic variables in all aspects of case conceptualization, treatment planning, and implementation in order to be effective.

Ya-Shu Liang, PhD

Associate Professor

Ya-Shu Liang, PhD, is an Assistant Professor and the program director of the clinical psychology PsyD program at California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, Fresno. She is a licensed psychologist who specializes in working with young adults on issues related to identity, family, trauma, and weight, eating, and body image concerns. She is the founding director of the San Joaquin Valley API Mental Health Project, a grant-funded project that aims to increase mental health literacy in the Central California's Asian & Pacific Islander communities. She is also vice president of Central California Asian Pacific Women, a non-profit organization that empowers generations of API women in the Central Valley. She has given presentations on mental health disparities, microaggression, and diversity and inclusiveness, and has published articles on innovative community-based clinical services and language-based discrimination. Social justice and advocacy are dear to her heart, and she believes that people can heal, survive, and thrive through empowerment and connection!

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