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Thomas G. Plante, Ph.D., ABPP is the Augustin Cardinal Bea, S.J. University Professor, professor of psychology, and by courtesy, religious studies at Santa Clara University and directs the Applied Spirituality Institute there. He is also a scholar of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, the largest ethics center in the world.  Additionally, he is an adjunct clinical professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine.  He currently serves as editor of the APA Journal, Spirituality in Clinical Practice. He is an APA fellow (Divisions 12, 36, 38, 46, and 47), serves on APA’s Council Leadership Team and is a Council Representative and division past president (Division 36). He has published 23 books including, Graduating with Honor: Best Practices to Promote Ethics Development in College Students (2017), Do the Right Thing: Living Ethically in an Unethical World (2004), Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church: A Decade of Crisis, 2002-2012 (2011), and Contemporary Clinical Psychology (now with a new 4th edition in 2021), over 200 journal articles and book chapters, and maintains a private clinical practice in Menlo Park, CA. He has been frequently quoted and featured in most major national and international news outlets including CNN, the PBS NewsHour, NBC Nightly News, NPR, the BBC, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Time Magazine, Newsweek, and so forth. He has been an APA member for over 30 years and has been married to fellow psychologist, Lori (Goldfarb) Plante for over 30 years as well. He recently served as vice-chair of the National Review Board for the Protection of Children and Youth for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and has served on child protection review boards since 2002 for the Jesuits and for the Diocese of San Jose. He was born and raised in Rhode Island, received an undergraduate degree in psychology from Brown University, an MA and PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Kansas, and completed his clinical internship and postdoctoral fellowship in clinical and health psychology at Yale University.