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A natural benefactor: Dr. Terry Gock hopes his bequestA natural benefactor: Dr. Terry Gock hopes his bequest launches careers in psychology (credit: Charles Votaw)Safeguarding the future is a way of life for clinical psychologist Terry Gock, PhD. As director of the Asian Pacific Family Center of Pacific Clinics in Rosemead, Calif., Gock oversees programs that keep teenagers away from drugs and gangs and offers parenting workshops that help immigrant families adjust to American culture.

Now Gock is helping future generations in a new way — by donating 10 percent of his estate to the American Psychological Foundation. Gock has not stipulated how the charitable bequest should be spent; he wants the foundation to support the type of research or program that needs it most when the time comes.

“Psychology has been a great career for me and I want to support its future,” he says.

He is a longtime fan of APF’s philanthropy, particularly its Wayne F. Placek grants, which fund research on ways to increase the public’s understanding of homosexuality and were established in honor of psychologist Evelyn Hooker, PhD. “I’m an openly gay man, so Evelyn Hooker helped make my career possible. I’m hoping to help make careers possible for others in the world.”

Gock, born and raised in Hong Kong, credits his high school’s emphasis on community service for inspiring him to become a psychologist. He came to the United States in 1970 for college at California State University in Chico, and earned his clinical psychology doctorate at Washington University in St. Louis. He is actively involved in APA governance, including as a member of APA’s Council of Representatives and APA’s Board of Professional Affairs.

Working at the Asian Pacific Family Center — the only culturally and linguistically competent public mental health service agency for Asian immigrants in the San Gabriel Valley area of Los Angeles — for 20 years, he’s also become an advocate and role model for culturally competent therapy.

In February, APA President Melba J.T. Vasquez, PhD, honored his work to promote multicultural psychology with a presidential citation.

“Terry maintains constant communication with the local and national Asian-American communities to ensure that their needs are met,” says Vasquez. “He’s also provided invaluable and tireless leadership service within APA for various diverse groups, including ethnic minority and lesbian, gay and bisexual populations.”

—J. Chamberlin


For more information on making a charitable bequest to APF, contact APF Executive Director Elisabeth Straus.