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Assistant Professor, Psychology

Director of Clinical Training, Psy.D. in Clinical-Community Psychology Program


Pictured is Todd Raymond Avellar, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology. | Photo by John AltdorferContact Information


  • General Education, Fresno City College
  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology and Applied Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Master of Arts, Counseling Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara

Courses Taught

  • Clinical Practicum in Contemplative and Buddhist Psychotherapy
  • Mental Health and Well-Being
  • Mindfulness in Applied Psychology
  • Psychological Foundations
  • Psychology of Human Diversity 
  • Supervision & Consultation in Applied Psychology


Todd Raymond Avellar, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of psychology and director of clinical training for the Psy.D. in clinical-community psychology program. Dr. Avellar is a licensed psychologist and specializes in mindfulness meditation, Buddhist and contemplative psychology, holistic forms of healing, supervision and training, multicultural issues and social justice, and empowering sexual and gender minority communities. He also remains active in psychology-related governance and leadership, to ensure that the field is proactive in serving the needs of diverse communities. As a practicing psychologist, Dr. Avellar draws from real-world experiences in his mentoring of psychologists in training. 

Prior to joining Point Park, Dr. Avellar completed his postdoctoral residency at the integrated Mental Health Services at University of Wisconsin-Madison. There he co-coordinated the practicum training program and supervised master's and doctoral-level trainees. Before that, he completed his doctoral internship at University of Delaware's Center for Counseling & Student Development. He completed his doctoral training, while conducting research, teaching, and serving as a clinic supervisor at University of California, Santa Barbara.

Research Interests

  • Expanding and developing community-based and mental health treatments for LGBTQ individuals
  • Culturally-sensitive mindfulness-based treatments

Selected Publications

  • Israel, T., Bettergarcia, J. N., Delucio, K., Avellar, T. R., Harkness, A., & Goodman, J. A. (2017). Responses of law enforcement to LGBTQ diversity training. Human Resource Development Quarterly. doi: 10.1002/hrdq.21281
  • Israel, T., Harkness, A., Avellar, T. R., Delucio, K., Bettergarcia, J. N., & Goodman, J. A (2016). LGBTQ-affirming policing: Tactics generated by law enforcement personnel. Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology. doi:10.1007/s11896-015-9169-2

Selected Conference Presentations

  • Avellar, T. R. (January, 2017). Conducting psychological research with gay and same-sex attracted men through Amazon Mechanical Turk. In J. Goodman (Chair), Recruitment strategies for psychological research with LGBTQ populations. National Multicultural Conference and Summit, Portland, OR.
  • Avellar, T. R. (August, 2016). Experiences as a multi-ethnic queer male applying to and during internship. In G. Keilin & J. Benjamin (Co-Chairs), LGBTQ graduate students: Considerations for internship climate. Symposium conducted at the meeting of the American Psychological Association, Denver, Colo.
  • Avellar, T.R., Doran, J., Quas, J.A., Prinstein, Schwartz, M. (August, 2015). Turbocharging Your Career--Finding and Keeping a Good Mentor. Chair. Symposium held at the meeting of the American Psychological Association, Toronto, Ontario.
  • Avellar, T. R., Lopez, A. A., & Weisenbach, S. L. (August, 2015). Creating Your Research Program---How to Develop a Unified Research Narrative During Graduate School. In I. A. Gutierrez & B. S. Martin (Co-Chairs), Symposium held at the meeting of the American Psychological Association, Toronto, Ontario.
  • Avellar, T.R., Çiftçi, A., Johnson, W. B., & Ameen, E. (August, 2014). So you want to be a mentor/mentee? Mentorship Throughout the Pipeline. Co-Chair/Discussant. Symposium held at the meeting of the American Psychological Association, Washington D.C.
  • American Psychological Association. (July, 2014). The psychology internship crisis. Actor. Video filmed and produced by PlanetVox. Recorded at the American Psychological Association, Washington D.C. Retrieved from:

Professional Affiliations and Credentials

  • Licensed Psychologist, Pennsylvania
  • American Psychological Association
    • Division 17 - Society of Counseling Psychology, Chair: Section of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Issues
    • Division 44 - Society of LGBT Issues
    • Division 45 - Ethnic Minority Concerns
    • Division 47 - Society for Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology

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