Kimberly F. Balsam, Ph.D.

Pronouns: she/her/hers or they/them/theirs


Kimberly F. Balsam, Ph.D., is the Chair of the Department of Psychology in addition to her role as a Professor in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program in the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology at Palo Alto University.  She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from University of Vermont in 2003 and her M.S. in Counseling Psychology from University of Oregon in 1994.  She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at University of Washington from 2003-2006 and was Research Assistant Professor in the UW School of Social Work from 2007-2012. Dr. Balsam was President of the American Psychological Association’s Division 44 from 2016-2017 and is currently serving on the Division 44 Executive Board as Past President. She is currently the Co-Chair of the new Division 44 Task Force on Racism.  You can read about her Division 44 work at http://www.apadivisions.org/division-44/publications/newsletters/division/2017/06/president-reflections.aspx . She is also on the Steering Committee of the Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology. 


Dr. Balsam’s research focuses broadly on the health and well-being of stigmatized populations, with an emphasis on ethnically diverse sexual and gender minority people. She has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles, many in top journals in the field of psychology, as well as numerous book chapters and training materials. She is a widely sought-after speaker on topics related to LGBTQ issues and intersectionality.  She is a Fellow of APA’s Division 44 (Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues) and was the 2010 recipient of their Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award.  Dr. Balsam has been the PI on three NIH grants and numerous small research grants.  Most recently she completed research on an R01 grant from NICHD to conduct a 10 year longitudinal follow up study of same-sex and heterosexual couples previously surveyed in 2001-2 (R01HD069370, Longitudinal study of legal status, stigma, and well-being among diverse couples, http://cupplesstudy.paloaltou.edu/).  Dr. Balsam currently is writing a book for American Psychological Association press with the working title “Beyond the binary: Gender and identity in the 21st century.”


Dr. Balsam also has a 20-year history of clinical practice in a wide range of settings including community mental health, correctional, inpatient, and most recently private practice.  Her clinical interests include cognitive behavioral therapy with adults experiencing depression, anxiety and PTSD, and couples therapy with LGBTQ and heterosexual couples.  At PAU, Dr. Balsam is the Director of the LGBTQ Area of Emphasis in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program (https://www.paloaltou.edu/graduate-programs/phd-programs/phd-clinical-psychology/areas-emphasis/lgbtq-psychology) and the Director of the Center for LGBTQ Evidence-Based Applied Research (CLEAR).