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Nnamdi Pole, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology and Social Work

Smith College


Nnamdi Pole, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychology and Social Work at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, where he also serves as chair of the college's Institutional Review Board and incoming chair of the Psychology Department.  He has taught at a number of institutions, including UC Berkeley, the University of Michigan, the Wright Institute, and Alliant University, and he regularly consults with mental health agencies on matters of diversity, inclusion, and equity.  His research interests include cultural diversity, psychological trauma, and psychotherapy process.  Dr. Pole is a licensed clinical psychologist, an elected member of the American Psychological Association Council of Representatives (representing trauma psychology), and an appointed member of the APA Guideline Update Panel for Adult PTSD.  He is an associate editor of two journals (Psychological Bulletin and Affective Science) and also serves on the editorial boards of three other journals, Journal of Anxiety DisorderPsychological Trauma:  Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy; and Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology.