Clinical Program Faculty

Jayme Peta, PhD
Director of Practicum Training

BA English, Wesleyan University, 1996
MA Transpersonal Counseling Psychology, Naropa University, 2007
MS Clinical Psychology, Palo Alto University, 2014
PhD Clinical Psychology, Palo Alto University, 2016

Dr. Peta received a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Palo Alto University with emphases in Diversity and Community Mental health and LGBTQ psychology. Dr Peta also holds a master's in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from Naropa University. Dr. Peta comes well qualified for the job bringing 14 years of experience in higher education administration, formerly as the registrar at Naropa University and most recently as the Associate Director of Clinical Training at Palo Alto University where he oversaw practicum placement and served as the 2021-2022 chair of BAPIC.

With a long history of community organizing for increased LGBTQ youth wellness services in the Bay Area, Dr. Peta's areas of research and clinical interest are in transgender and gender non-binary mental health, LGBTQ cultural competence with clients experiencing serious mental illness, as well as the experiences of students of minoritized identity in doctoral psychology training. The co-author of the book The Gender Quest Workbook: A Guide for Teens and Young Adults Exploring Gender Identity, Dr. Peta has also authored a number of papers and chapters on gender minority stress and treating LGBTQ individuals with psychosis. Dr. Peta is currently a co-investigator, curriculum developer, and trainer as part of the LGBTQ Clinical Academy -- a training program developed with a grant from the county of Santa Clara to increase cultural competency with LGBTQ clients among county behavioral health providers.