Teresa Chapa, Ph.D., M.P.A., is the Dean of the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University. She provides leadership and oversight to six California-based and three international campuses, including programs in clinical counseling, marriage and family therapy , organizational psychology, and nine APA-accredited psychology programs.
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) within the Office of the Secretary. As Senior Policy Advisor for Mental Health, she established and led the Behavioral Health Section and integrated behavioral health care efforts. She had previously served as Director of the Division of Data and Policy for OMH; Chief of the Office of Extramural Research for the National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities for the National Institutes of Health; and Special Expert to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. She was awarded a 2-year intergovernmental assignment to the National Hispanic Medical Association, where she served as Executive Director, promoting integrated behavioral health care strategies to provider communities.
Dr. Chapa has published several papers and policy briefs focusing on building a behavioral health care workforce and promoting minority health, health disparities elimination, integrated care, and access to quality care. She is the recipient of several awards, including the A. Bush Leadership Fellowship to the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and the American Public Health Association Helen Rodriguez-Trias Social Justice Award for her work in mental health disparities for underserved and disadvantaged populations.