Palo Alto University
Psychology & Social Action Program
Professional Speaker Series
Dr. Brooke Schauder
Dr. Brooke Schauder is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and the Director of the Assessment Center at Palo
Alto Univeristy’s (PAU’s) Gronowski Clinic in Los Altos. Dr. Schauder has a specialty in clinical
neuropsychology and autism spectrum disorders. She obtained her doctorate at Palo Alto University
(formerly PGSP) in 2006 and completed the neuropsychology certificate program. She worked for 5
years at Kaiser Permanente San Jose in the Autism Disorders Diagnostic Clinic where she was also the
lead psychologist on the ATN (Autism Treatment Network). She was also involved in the EARLI (Early
Autism Risk Longitudinal Investigation) and SEED (Study to Explore Early Development) studies. She also
supervised postdoctoral fellows at Kaiser Permanente and provided emergency evaluations in the
Emergency Department at Kaiser. Dr. Schauder conducted her dissertation at the Palo Alto Veteran’s
Administration Homeless Veterans Rehabilitation Program.
Professor Amanda Fanniff
Assistant Professor at the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology
Dr. Amanda Fanniff received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Arizona, with a sub
specialization in psychology, policy, and law. She completed her clinical internship at Western
Psychiatric Institute and Clinic at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. She also completed a post‐
doctoral fellowship in the Department of Mental Health Law and Policy at the University of South
Florida. Her research primarily focuses on developmental considerations in the assessment and
treatment of juvenile offenders, with an emphasis on two specialized populations. One line of her
research focuses on juveniles adjudicated for sexual offenses, including the study of developmentally
appropriate assessment and the identification of clinically‐relevant subtypes of offenders. Dr. Fanniff's
second main line of research involves investigating the impact of normal development on juvenile
defendants' abilities to understand and participant in the legal process. Her research has been
supported by the American Psychology‐Law Society and the American Academy of Forensic Psychology.
Professor Teceta Tormala
Assistant Professor, the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology
Dr. Teceta Tormala earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Duke University and she received
her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Stanford University. She completed a National Science Foundation
postdoctoral fellowship at The Graduate Center, City University of New York. Dr. Tormala was a Lecturer
in Psychology at Stanford and a Visiting Assistant Professor at Indiana University. Dr. Tormala recently
joined the faculty at Palo Alto University. Dr. Tormala’s experimental work has focused on the causes
and consequences of the perception of prejudice by low‐ and high‐status group members, and on racial
and ethnic identity processes among Black immigrants.
David Spiegel, M.D.
Associate Chair of Psychiatry at Stanford University
Dr. Spiegel directs the Stanford Center on Stress and Health and is one of the nation's most respected
experts in the clinical uses of hypnosis. The Center on Stress and Health studies the interrelationship
between the social environment, mind, brain and body to understand how stress and support can
influence health. On Monday, November 22nd at noon, Dr. Speigel will give a presentation about
hypnosis and will demonstrate a hypnotic induction. He is looking for students to participate in a study
of hypnosis, and students selected will be invited to participate in a research project examining hypnosis
through advanced neuroimaging techniques. Students chosen will receive $100 for their participation.
Come and learn about hypnosis and its clinical uses and perhaps be chosen to be a research participant.
Dr. Grace Chen
Dr. Chen received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin and is a
licensed psychologist in California. Dr. Chen’s clinical training and experience include working with
diverse populations at university counseling centers and a community mental health clinic for
immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers. She completed her pre‐doctoral internship at the University
of Maryland’s Counseling Center, a postdoctoral fellowship at UC Berkley and she worked as a Staff
Psychologist at the Cal State East Bay Counseling Center for 4 years before joining the Pacific Graduate
School of Psychology. Her professional interests include training, psychotherapy, identity development,
acculturation, multicultural issues, outreach and prevention, and social advocacy. Dr. Chen has been
involved in training master’s and doctoral‐level psychology students and interns in the classroom and in
clinical settings. In 2010, Dr. Chen was selected to be one of two Diversity Scholars for the Association
of Counseling Center Training Agencies (ACCTA).
Dr. Rebekka Palmer
Assistant Professor at the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology at Palo Alto University
Dr. Palmer is a licensed clinical psychologist with a specialty in the treatment of addictions, substance
use and high‐risk populations. Her research focuses on the impact of participant defensiveness on
intervention outcomes, the use of alcohol and protective behavior strategies among college students
who have been the victim or perpetrator of sexual aggression, and the development and evaluation of
theory driven interventions for alcohol and other drug use specific to high‐risk populations, such as
college students, adolescents, and at‐risk minority populations. Dr. Palmer obtained her undergraduate
degree psychology and her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Washington. She
completed a National Institute of Drug Abuse postdoctoral fellowship at the Yale University School of
Medicine, Division of Substance Abuse and recently joined the Palo Alto University faculty.
Dr. Elaine Brady
Marriage & Family Therapist and Sex Therapist
Dr. Elaine Brady is a Marriage and Family Therapist with 25 years of experience working with
relationship and addiction issues. She is also a Certified Addiction Specialist and trained directly with Dr.
Patrick Carnes to obtain her Certification as a Sex Addiction Therapist. Dr. Brady publishes, lectures,
provides consultation and training to Bay Area treatment centers and, in her spare time, offers
individual, couples, and group counseling through her San Jose, California office. She will be speaking to
us among other things about the issues of internet gaming and internet porn addiction.
Mr. Pavel Stránsky
Mr. Pavel Stránsky was a young man in Prague when the Nazi’s annexed the western part of
Czechoslovakia in 1938 and began to persecute the Jews. People started to lose their jobs, numerous
arbitrary rules were enacted, and prejudice and discrimination became commonplace. On December 1,
1941 Pavel was shipped to Theresienstadt, a town about 40 kilometers north of Prague. Theresienstadt
was a concentration camp with many deprivations. It also masqueraded as a “model camp” when the
Nazi’s wanted to put on a show for the International Red Cross. Two years later, Pavel and his fiancé,
Vera, were shipped to Auschwitz‐Birkenau. They were married the day before they were transferred.
They spent over 6 months there before being separated and shipped to other camps. Pavel went to
Schwartzheide where he did forced labor to clean up rubble caused by Allied bombings, and in April,
1945 he and 300 others were put on a death march back to Theresienstadt. Only 200 of the men
survived. In May he returned to Prague, where he discovered that his wife had also survived. They raised
a family in Prague and were married for over 50 years.