Featured Psychologist: Alvin N. Alvarez, PhD

Alvin Alvarez, PhDAlvin Alvarez, PhD, is currently a professor of counseling and associate dean of the College of Health and Social Sciences at San Francisco State University. He immigrated to the U.S. from the Philippines when he was five and was raised in Southern California. He completed his undergraduate work at the University of California at Irvine in biological sciences and psychology and his PhD in counseling psychology from the University of Maryland. His professional interests focus on Asian-Americans, racial identity and the psychological impact of racism. He is the coauthor of Asian American Psychology: Current Perspectives with Nita Tewari, PhD. His scholarship has been supported by the National Institute of Mental Health and has been recognized by his receipt of the Helms Award for Mentoring and Scholarship as well as the Asian Pacific American Network Research Award from the American College Personnel Association. He was also the recipient of the Tanaka Memorial Dissertation Award from the American Psychological Association. He is a former president of the Asian American Psychological Association from which he received the Early Career Award for Distinguished Contributions. Currently, he is director of the Leadership Development Institute of the Council of National Psychological Associations for the Advancement of Ethnic Minority Interests – a collaboration of six national associations that promotes the leadership development of psychologists of color. His proudest achievements, though, are his two daughters – Sabrina (age 5) and Sophie (age 3) – who are convinced they are smart and funny girls with even more important things to accomplish.