Amado Padilla, Ph.D.
Amado is a Professor of Psychological Studies in Education at Stanford University. He received his Ph.D. in experimental psychology from the University of New Mexico and has taught at the State University of New York at Potsdam, UC Santa Barbara, UCLA, and Stanford University. He has written extensively on a wide variety of topics with approximately 180 journal articles and book chapters. In addition to the numerous honors he has received, he holds Fellow status in the American Psychological Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Amado has always tried to combine his academic interests with local school and community service. He was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Palo Alto Unified School District and served a four-year term. In 2014, he co-authored a research paper examining the educational and health status of children who live in the Buena Vista Mobile Home Park, one of the affordable housing options for low-income households in Palo Alto. Over the years, he has also served on numerous local, regional, and national boards dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth.