Pacific Welcomes New Dean in School of Graduate Psychology
Dr. Joaquín P. Borrego Jr., PhD has been named the next dean of the School of Graduate Psychology in the Pacific University College of Health Professions, effective Aug. 1, 2018.
Dr. Borrego was selected as the top candidate in a national search for the position. He will be joining us from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, where he has served as the director of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) Research and Family Services in the Department of Psychological Sciences since 2001. He also served as the director of the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program at Texas Tech from 2011 to 2017, and the director of Diversity Enhancement in the Department of Psychological Sciences from 2010-2011.
"We are very fortunate to have Dr. Borrego join Pacific as our new School of Graduate Psychology dean," said Ann Barr-Gillespie, vice provost and executive dean of the College of Health Professions. "His experience and interests are well aligned with our university and college missions, and I look forward to the expertise he will bring to the education of all of our health professions students in interprofessional, patient/client-centered and culturally informed healthcare."
Dr. Borrego earned a bachelor of arts in psychology, cum laude, from Texas Tech University in 1992 with two minors in sociology and English, as well as a master of arts in psychology and a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno in 1999 and 2001, respectively. He completed his pre-doctoral internship at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine in 2001.
Dr. Borrego’s research interests encompass many aspects of the consideration of culture in program development and implementation of assessments and interventions for ethnic minority populations, particularly those in Spanish-speaking communities. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA) and APA’s Division 37: Society for Child and Family Policy and Practice. In addition, he served on the executive board for the Council of University Directors of Clinical Psychology (CUDCP).
Dr. Borrego is an accomplished scholar, with many peer-reviewed publications, professional and community presentations, and research grants from a variety of foundations, and state and federal agencies. He has mentored numerous graduate student thesis and dissertation projects and is well acquainted with the programs offered through our School of Graduate Psychology.
“I am filled with gratitude for this amazing opportunity to serve as the next dean in the School of Graduate Psychology," said Dr. Borrego. "I also look forward to working with the College of Health Professions, Pacific University, and the community.”
Dr. Jennifer Antick will continue as interim dean until Dr. Borrego arrives on campus, a role she has served with distinction since Jan. 1, 2018. Dr. Antick will return to her faculty position as the director of the Health Psychology Track and will maintain her affiliation with Legacy Health, where she provides consultation services as a clinical health psychologist and trains SGP students in health psychology practice in fully integrated care environments.