Faculty & Staff  |  Current Students

Online | News | Calendar | Directory | Library | Give

School of Arts and Sciences

Todd Raymond Avellar, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Psychology
Practicum Placement Coordinator, 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

  • Psychological Foundations


Todd Raymond Avellar, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of psychology and the practicum placement coordinator in the clinical-community psychology program at Point Park University. Prior to joining Point Park, 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. He is committed to social justice through mentorship of diverse students and supervisees, community-based research and engagement and active participation in psychology-related governance and leadership.

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: http://www.apa.org/apags/resources/internship-crisis.aspx 

Professional Memberships and Credentials

  • Psychology licensure in progress, Pennsylvania
  • American Psychological Association
    • Division 17 – Society of Counseling Psychology, Member-at-Large: 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