Ottawa University Announces New Faculty Hire

Ottawa, Kan. – Ottawa University is pleased to announce the hiring of Pilar Galiana Abal, PhD as assistant professor of psychology in the School of Arts and Sciences.

Abal comes to OU with an extensive background in both academics and private practice. She spent two years as an assistant professor of psychology at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (TAMUCC) in Corpus Christi, Texas. She taught courses in abnormal psychology, personality theories, multicultural psychology, psychology of criminal behavior and cognitive and behavior disorders. Before her stop at TAMUCC, she spent more than a decade as an adjunct instructor in Paris, France, teaching psychology courses in nursing schools, Schools of Social Work, medical schools and the University of Paris X-Nanterre.

During her time in France, she was also licensed as a forensic psychologist and appointed to the court of Paris as an expert witness in 2011. She also maintained a private practice in Paris where she served the population of adults, adolescents and children with psychological, psychiatric and identity disorders.

Abal holds doctorate degrees in Clinical Psychology and Psychopathology from the Université Vincennes-Saint Denis, France, and Social Anthropology and Ethnology from École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, France. She earned a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology and Psychopathology from the Université Vincennes-Saint Denis, France, and a Master of Arts in Social Anthropology and Ethnology from the Université Denis Diderot, France. She also holds bachelor’s degrees in General Psychology, Japanese Language and Culture, Thai Language and Culture and Lao Language and Literature.
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