Samuel Girguis, Psy.D.

Director, Psy.D. Program, and Assistant Professor, Department of Clinical Psychology

Phone: (626) 815-5008
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Samuel M. Girguis, Psy.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in the treatment of child/adolescent trauma assessment/intervention. Prior to working at APU, Girguis was a clinical psychologist in the outpatient trauma treatment program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and worked with children, youth, and families experiencing child abuse, foster care, community violence, and homelessness. His current research interests include international trauma assessment/intervention and resilience/posttraumatic growth. Girguis 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. More recently, he led a team of trainers in culturally adapting evidence-based trauma therapy for use with children/adolescents rescued from sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation in the Philippines. Girguis is now focused on refugee mental health and is conducting research among Syrian refugees in Lebanon. His research is also examining compassion fatigue, burnout, and vicarious traumatization among the Lebanese who are working to aid and support the Syrian refugees in Lebanon.

Academic Area

  • School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences
    • Department of Clinical Psychology


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