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Samuel Girguis, Psy.D.

Program Director, Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology
Assistant Professor, Department of Graduate Psychology
Phone: 626-815-5008
Samuel M Girguis, PsyD, is the Director of the Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology Program and an Associate Professor at Azusa Pacific University (APU). He also maintains a small private practice where he specializes in the assessment and treatment of child and adolescent trauma. Prior to working at APU, Dr. Girguis was a supervising psychologist in the outpatient trauma treatment program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. In that role, he specialized in the treatment of child and adolescent trauma, including child abuse, foster care, community violence, and homelessness. His current research interests include international trauma assessment/intervention and resilience/post-traumatic growth. Dr. Girguis recently led a team of trainers in culturally adapting evidence-based trauma therapy for use with children rescued from sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation in the Philippines. He also recently conducted research in Cambodia on the impact of vicarious trauma on caregivers working in a residential facility for child/adolescent survivors of sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation.


School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences

  • Department of Graduate Psychology


  • Family Homelessness
  • Foster Care
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Treatment of Traumatized Children and Adolescents