Patricia Arredondo: 2013 Diversity MBA Conference Speaker


Dr. Arredondo, a licensed psychologist bilingual in English and Spanish, was formerly with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she was associate vice chancellor, interim dean for the School of Continuing Education and professor in the Educational Psychology Department. Prior to UWM, she served as senior vice president for University Student Initiatives and Student Affairs at Arizona State University. She also served as the vice chair of the Social Development Commission, the largest anti-poverty agency in Wisconsin and on the boards of the Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee and the Diversity Council in Phoenix. More recently, she was elected to join the APA Board of Professional Affairs.

Dr. Arredondo has an extensive scholarship record with a focus on multicultural counseling competency models; multicultural guidelines in psychology, immigrants and life changing processes; Latina/o issues in counseling; social justice advocacy; organizational diversity assessment, and women’s leadership development. Her forthcoming co-authored text is Culturally Responsive Counseling for Latinas/os to be released by the ACA Press this summer. She has served as president for several professional associations, including the American Counseling Association (ACA), the American Psychological Association Division 45 – Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues, the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development, and the National Latina/o Psychological Association.

Among her many accolades, she is the 2013 recipient of the prestigious Henry Tomes Award for Distinguished Lifetime Contributions to the Advancement of Ethnic Minority Psychology given by the Council of National Psychological Associations for the Advancement of Ethnic Minority Interests. She also received the “Living Legend” award from the ACA, the Lifetime Achievement Award from Division 45, an honorary degree from the University of San Diego, and holds Fellow status with the American Psychological Association and the American Counseling Association.


  • B.S., Spanish and Journalism, Kent State University
  • Ed.M., Counseling, Boston College
  • Ed.D., Counseling Psychology, Boston University


  • Licensed Psychologist-Massachusetts #2742
  • National Certified Counselor #61613


  • More than 100 published journal articles, books, and book chapters; an additional 20-25 training videos focused on multicultural and culture-specific counseling.

Professional Memberships

  • American Psychological Association
  • American Counseling Association (past President)
  • Association for Counselor Education and Supervision
  • National Latina/o Psychological Association (past President)
  • Division 17 : Society of Counseling Psychology
  • Division 45: Society for the Psychology Study of Ethnic Minority Issues (past President)
  • Counselors for Social Justice
  • Association for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgendered Concerns
  • Association of Multicultural Counseling and Development (past President)

Current Editorial Board Service

  • Journal of Latina/o Psychology
  • Journal of Hispanic Issues in Higher Education
  • Asia Pacific Journal of Counseling and Psychotherapy