Robert deMayo, Ph.D., associate dean of psychology at the Graduate School of Education and Psychology, was selected by the California Psychological Association (CPA) as the recipient of the 2006 Distinguished Contribution to Psychology as a Profession Award. DeMayo was honored at the 2006 CPA convention in San Francisco, California. DeMayo is no stranger to awards having received the Shepherd Ivory Franz Distinguished Teaching Award from the Department of Psychology at UCLA.
In his 16 years at the Graduate School of Education and Psychology, deMayo has mentored more than a hundred doctoral students, who are now practicing psychologists improving the lives of individuals and families throughout California.
His experience as a clinical supervisor has inspired him to research many areas in psychology including mood disorders and health psychology. In addition, his research focusing on professional practice issues such as the unspoken risks of psychological practice, including sexual harassment of therapists by patients, has led to advances in training psychologists.
Educated at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and the University of California, Los Angeles, deMayo is a licensed psychologist and remains active in clinical practice. He is not only the associate dean of psychology, but he also serves as a professor of psychology as well as the program director for the Master of Arts in Psychology program. DeMayo has also held leadership positions in local and state associations for many years, serving previously as president of the Los Angeles Society of Clinical Psychologists, as well as four terms as chair of the continuing education committee of the CPA.