Alan Oda, PhD


Department Chair; Professor, Department of Psychology

Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 2746

Fax: (626) 812-3072

Email: [email protected]

Video Introduction

Alan Y. Oda, PhD, is a Southern California native. After working as a lab tech at UCLA’s Neuropsychiatric Institute and as the project assistant for the Western Region Asian American Project, he completed his teaching internship at California State University, Northridge, which started his career in the classroom. Before arriving at APU in 1996, Oda worked at California State University, San Bernardino; University of California, Riverside; University of California, Irvine; and the University of Redlands. He has been on the Faithful Change national research team for the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities. He was co-editor of the section on youth, family, and the aged, and co-author of the section’s anchor essay (with Grace Yoo, PhD, San Francisco State University), for the Encyclopedia of Asian American Issues Today (Greenwood Press, 2010). Oda is helping edit a book on Asian American health, and his current research is studying the response of pastors to the needs of elderly congregants. Oda is on the board of directors and past executive director of the Asian American Christian Counseling Service, and has served for more than two decades as a volunteer campus minister for Asian American Christian Fellowship. He is a lifelong—and therefore very frustrated—fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers.


  • PhD, Psychology (Emphasis in Developmental Psychology), University of California, Riverside
  • MA, Psychology, University of California, Riverside
  • BS, Human Development, University of California, Davis

Academic Area

  • School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences


  • Asian-American Studies in Psychology
  • Research in Psychology
  • Psychology

Courses Taught

  • PSYC 110H – General Psychology (Honors)
  • PSYC 290 – Human Growth and Development
  • PSYC 299 – Applied Statistics
  • PSYC 345 – Psychology of Child and Adolescent Development
  • PSYC 475 – Research Methods Practicum I