Featured Psychologist: Patricia Arredondo, EdD

Patricia Arredondo, EdDPatricia Arredondo, EdD, is a highly respected Latina psychologist and well-known for her work in multicultural counseling. Arredondo grew up in a rural town with a very small Latino population right outside of Cleveland, Ohio. As a second generation Mexican-American, Dr. Arredondo’s childhood experiences inspired her to pursue a career that had a special interest in working with minorities, especially Latino/a Americans. She received her undergraduate degree in Spanish and journalism from Kent State University. She then went on to earn a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Boston University. After earning a master’s degree, Arredondo received a doctorate in counseling psychology from Boston University. Her career began at Boston University as an assistant professor in counseling psychology.

Arredondo felt her academic competence was unfairly questioned at Boston University, so she left in 1985 to begin a career as the founder and president of Empowerment Workshops, Incorporated, an organizational consulting firm based in Boston. Through her work as the founder and president of Empowerment Workshops, Arredondo took on the roles of entrepreneur, psychologist and organizational consultant. Arredondo’s consulting company focused on assessing workplace culture, addressing barriers to workplace diversity and offering business strategies to increase workplace diversity.

In 1999, after many years with Empowerment Workshops, she returned to teaching at Arizona State University (ASU) in the Department of Counseling and Counseling Psychology. Arredondo was able to continue her path of success and was tenured and promoted to full professor. In 2006, she was chosen as the deputy vice president and university dean for Student Affairs at ASU.

Arredondo has held leadership positions in numerous national professional organizations. She served as President of the American Counseling Association, American Psychological Association Division 45 Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity and Race, National Latina/o Psychological Association, Association of Multicultural Counseling and Development, and the Latino Professional Network of Boston.

She is the author and co-author of five books, 100 plus articles and book chapters, and multiple counselor training videos and DVDs in English and Spanish. Her most recent research involved first-time homeowners, primarily Latino immigrants in a south Phoenix Habitat for Humanity community. Today she is on the Board of Directors of the Diversity Leadership Alliance of Greater Phoenix and chairs the Dissertation Awards Committee for the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education. She also is currently Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Dean for the School of Continuing Education and Professor of Counseling Psychology in the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.


Patricia Arredondo (2010, May 8) [Blog Post].

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Continuing Education. (n.d.)  Patricia Arredondo. Retrieved Oct. 3, 2012