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Ronald Banks



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Adjunct Faculty (POC)

Cultural & Family Psychology
Pacific Oaks College
Address Map of 45 W Eureka Street Pasadena CA 91103
45 W Eureka Street
Pasadena, CA 91103

Ronald W. Banks is a licensed psychologist with an emphasis on clinical, community, and forensic psychology. His interests focus on the intersections of African American stress and trauma, racism, Black fatherhood, and juvenile justice. Dr. Banks is a native of Portland, Oregon. He is currently an adjunct professor at Pacific Oaks College in the School of Cultural and Family Psychology and maintains a private practice in Pasadena. He utilizes traditional, as well as Complementary and Alternative/Integrative psychotherapy interventions, including African Centered psychology.

From 1995-2014, Dr. Banks was involved in destigmatizing the myths of Black fathers' non-involvement in their children's lives, as clinical director of Project Fatherhood, under the leadership of the late, prominent Black psychologist, Dr. Hershel L. Swinger. He continues to advocate for Black fathers.

Dr. Banks is a member of the expert witness panel for the Delinquency and Dependency Courts in Los Angeles County, which includes assessing the potential risks of abused children reuniting with their parents.

Also, in this capacity, Dr. Banks assesses incarcerated, primarily African American male adolescents in the juvenile justice system. He presents his findings based on current, cutting-edge neuroscience research.

Dr. Banks has presented across the U.S. and is available for speaking engagements

Education History
Degree Institution Year
Psy.D. California School of Professional Psychology, Alhambra, CA 1996
M.A Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA 1983
B.A. Linfield College, McMinnville, Oregon 1977
Professional Memberships
Role Organization
Member The Association of Black Psychologists
Psychology, California
Areas of Expertise
Area Expertise
Diversity Racism
Forensics/Law Enforcement Forensic Psychology
Social Justice Race & Ethnicity
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