Teresa Chapa, PhD, MPA, serves as the Executive Dean of the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University (CSPP) where she provides leadership and oversight to California based and three international campuses; including nine APA accredited psychology programs, an accredited MFT, and Programs on Organizational Psychology. She has had a distinguished career in public service, most recently in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health (OMH), Office of the Secretary, where she established and led the Behavioral Health Section and integrated behavioral health care in her position as Senior Policy Advisor for Mental Health. She had previously served as OMH director of the Division of Data and Policy; Chief of the Office of Extramural Research for the National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Institutes of Health; and Special Expert to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. She was awarded a 2-year intergovernmental employee assignment to the National Hispanic Medical Association where she served as Executive Director and promoted integrated behavioral health care strategies to provider communities.
Dr. Chapa is the recipient of numerous awards, including the A. Bush Leadership Fellowship and the American Public Health Association’s Helen Rodriguez-Trias Social Justice award for her work in mental health disparities for underserved and disadvantaged populations. She has published several papers and policy briefs focusing on building a behavioral health care workforce and promoting quality care. Earlier in her career, she received specialized training in infants, children, and families. She has also served as a clinician, supervisor, and mentor in California and Minnesota while working at university, county, state, and community-based settings. Dr. Chapa received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from CSPP-Berkeley and a Master's in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School of Government.