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Emil Rodolfa, Ph.D. has been actively involved in numerous aspects of psychology education and training throughout his career. Prior to becoming a faculty member at Alliant International University in 2013, he worked as the Director of Training and Director of the University of California Davis Counseling and Psychological Services. As a faculty member, he loves contributing to the personal and professional development of his students as they work to fulfill their professional dreams.
In addition to teaching, Dr. Rodolfa facilitates a Research Lab exploring psychology education and training issues. Topics that students in the lab have investigated include: 1) factors influencing publication of a student's dissertation, 2) telesupervision, 3) the impostor syndrome, 4) training in suicide assessment and intervention, 5) training directors’ views of intern competency, 6) psychologist experiences with colleagues displaying competence problems, 7) the impact of COVID-19 on psychology education and training and 8) the challenges doctoral students encounter with social media sites. All of these projects have been presented at conferences and some papers have been published.
Dr. Rodolfa is professionally active. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB). He is the founding editor of the APPIC-APA journal, Training and Education in Professional Psychology and a Past-President of the State of California Board of Psychology. Dr. Rodolfa has served as a President of ASPPB, Chair of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC), Chair of the Council of Chairs of Training Councils (CCTC), President of the Association of Counseling Center Training Agencies (ACCTA), a member of the governing board of the Association of University and College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD), Chair of the ASPPB Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology Step 2 (EPPP Part 2) Implementation Task Force and a member of the APA Commission on Accreditation (CoA). Currently he is a member of the ASPPB EPPP Part 2 Examination Committee.
Dr. Rodolfa has co-authored and edited 3 books, written a number of book chapters and numerous articles on education, training, and competency. He has received many professional acknowledgments for his professional contributions including the 2019 APA Award for Distinguished Career Contributions to Psychology Education and Training.
When not working, Dr. Rodolfa enjoys spending time with his family, playing horseshoes, and BBQing (some might call it grilling) at his cabin in the mountains.
M.S. Major: Educational Psychology-emphasis in behavioral research and design. California State University-Hayward.
M.S. Major: Counseling-emphasis in clinical counseling. California State University-Hayward.
B.A. Major: Psychology. Minor: Sociology. San Jose State University.
American Psychological Association, Presidential Citation, “for ensuring that training in psychology meets the highest standards for the profession.”
Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers, Connie Hercey Award, for distinguished service to APPIC
Association of Directors of Psychology Training Clinics, Friend of ADPTC Award, for significant contributions to ADPTC
American Psychological Association Board of Educational Affairs, Educational Advocacy Award, for contributions to the Garrett Lee Smith (Campus Care Act) Federal Legislation.
American Psychological Association, Award for Distinguished Contributions of Applications of Psychology to Education and Training
American Psychological Association Division of Counseling Psychology, John D. Black Award, for Outstanding Achievement in the Practice of Counseling Psychology
Association of Counseling Center Training Agencies, Helen Roehlke Service Award for distinguished contributions and service to ACCTA
Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards, Norma Simon Award, for significant contributions to ASPPB and the process of licensing psychologists nationally
Association of University and College Counseling Center Directors, Lifetime Achievement Award
Counsel of Chairs of Training Councils, Paul Nelson Award, for outstanding leadership in professional psychology education and training
Organization of Counseling Center Directors in Higher Education, Excellence in Leadership Award, for longstanding commitment to OCCDHE
University of California, Davis, Principles of Community Diversity Award, for significant contributions to the diverse campus community