Patricia Arredondo, EdD


Patricia Arredondo, AAG President is an academic entrepreneur, having a successful career both in higher education administration and the business sector and as a tenured full professor. She was a higher education leader with Arizona State University and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and served as President of the Chicago campus for The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Patricia has led AAG since 2016, building off a successful tenure as founder and president of Empowerment Workshops, Inc., (EWI), a consulting company in Boston she led for 14 years. AAG focuses on “organizational change through diversity strategy.” As a business consultant and academic administrator, she has established partnerships nationally and internationally in the healthcare, finance, higher education, and nonprofit sectors. Her organizational, multicultural expertise has taken her to institutions in Guatemala, Egypt, and Qatar for leadership programs for senior administrators. Among her U.S. clients were the Association of Medical Colleges, State Street Global Advisors, the Gillete Company, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, and Rhode Island School of Design.

Patricia is a scholar-practitioner. She is the author of numerous publications addressing workforce diversity, women’s leadership, the Latina/o quotient, and cultural competency for effective performance. She has authored and co-authored seven books and more than 100 journal articles, book chapters, and training videos. Among her best-selling texts are Successful Diversity Management Initiatives and Culturally Responsive Counseling with Latinas/os. Her newest edited book is Latinx Immigrants: Transcending Acculturation and Xenophobia (2018). Dr. Arredondo’s co-authored book Women and the Challenge of STEM Professions: Thriving in a Chilly Climate was released in 2020.

Throughout her career, Patricia has been a professional association and nonprofit board leader. She is the founding president of the National Latina/o Psychological Association and the first Latina president of the American Counseling Association (2005-2006). She is on the Advisory Board for DiversityMBA of Chicago, the Marie Fielder Center for Social Justice, the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education, and the Latina Researchers Network. For her servant leadership, Patricia has been recognized as a “Business Leader of Color” by Chicago United, Hispanic Executive for Community Impact, and Business Entrepreneur by the Boston Chamber of Commerce. She holds Fellow status with both the American Psychological Association (APA) and the American Counseling Association (ACA). She was named a “Living Legend” by the ACA for her extensive contributions to Multicultural Counseling. Patricia received an Honorary Degree from the University of San Diego (1998), the Career Research Award from the Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues (2016), and the Social Justice Action Award from Teachers College, Columbia University (2016). In 2018, APA named her a Changemaker: Top 25 Women of Color Psychologists and she was also awarded the Anthony Marsella Social Justice Award from the Psychologists for Social Responsibility.

Currently, Patricia is Faculty Fellow at Fielding Graduate University and faculty with the New Leadership Academy, University of Michigan. Patricia is bilingual in English and Spanish, a National Certified Counselor, and a licensed psychologist. Her doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology is from Boston University. She is originally from Lorain, Ohio and currently resides in Phoenix, AZ.


Cigrand, D., Fawcett, M., Miyakuni, R., & Arredondo, P. (2022). Phenomenological Study of Perseverance and Resilience through the Migration Journey. Journal of Counseling & Development, 100 (2), 157-170.

Singh, A. A., Nassar, S., Arredondo, P. & Toporek, R. L. (2020). The Past Guides the Future Implementing the New Multicultural and Social Justice Counseling Competencies (2015). Journal of Counseling & Development.

Miville, M. L., Arredondo, P., Consoli, A. J., Santiago-Rivera, A., Delgado Romero, E., Fuentes, M., Domenech Rodriguez, M. M., Field, L., Cervantes, J. (2017). Liderazgo: Culturally grounded leadership and the National Latina/o Psychological Association. The Counseling Psychologist, 45, 830-856. doi: 10.1177/0011000016668413

Arredondo, P. (2012). Pathways to cultural malpractice: Shortcomings in professional psychology education and training programs. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 41(3), 217–218.

Arredondo, P., & Castillo, L. (2011). Latina/o student achievement: A collaborative mission of professional associations of higher education. Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, 10, 6–17.

Press Release

Patricia Arredondo Elected to Chair AAHHE Board of Directors

TEMPE, Ariz., July 16, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — The American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE), has elected Dr. Patricia Arredondo as its Chair for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Latest Publications

Latinx Immigrants

Latinx Immigrants:
Transcending Acculturation and Xenophobia

Patricia Arredondo, Editor

This richly detailed reference offers a strengths-based survey of Latinx immigrant experience in the United States. Spanning eleven countries across the Americas and the Caribbean, the book uses a psychohistorical approach using the words of immigrants at different processes and stages of acculturation and acceptance. Coverage emphasizes the sociopolitical contexts, particularly in relation to the US, that typically lead to immigration, the vital role of the Spanish language and cultural values, and the journey of identity as it evolves throughout the creation of a new life in a new and sometimes hostile country. This vivid material is especially useful to therapists working with Latinx clients reconciling current and past experience, coping with prejudice and other ongoing challenges, or dealing with trauma and loss.

Culturally Sensitive Counseling with Latinos

Culturally Sensitive Counseling with Latinos

by Patricia Arredondo

In our diverse society, therapists are increasingly likely to work with Latino clients but may lack a core understanding of their day-to-day experiences, worldview, and unique clinical needs. Through poignant discussion and live clinical demonstration, master clinician, consultant, and researcher Patricia Arredondo will fill the gaps in our knowledge and skills so that we may maximize our effectiveness with this population.