Gerald Amada
Founder and Retired Director

Higher Ed

  • Mental health
  • Student life

Dr. Gerald Amada was one of the founders and a director of the Mental Health Program, City College of San Francisco and is now retired after a 30-year career at that college. He also has retired from a 40-year career as a private psychotherapist. He received B.A. and M.S.W. degrees at Rutgers University and his Ph.D. in social and clinical psychology at the Wright Institute, Berkeley, California. He has published twelve books and over 100 articles and book reviews on the subjects of mental health, psychotherapy, and disruptive student issues. Dr. Amada has been a book reviewer for the American Journal of Psychotherapy, University Press of America, The San Francisco Chronicle, and the Journal of College Student Psychotherapy. He had been, until recently, a longtime member of the editorial board and the book review editor of the last-mentioned journal. He is the recipient of the 1984 Award of Excellence in the category of administrator, Post Secondary Education, conferred by the National Education Special Needs Personnel, Region 5, which comprises 18 states. Dr. Amada has lectured at over 150 colleges and universities throughout the United States and Canada on the subject of the disruptive college student for over 30 years.