Richard Velayo, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology at Pace University in New York City. In 1993, he obtained his doctorate in the Combined Program in Education and Psychology from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), and specialized in the areas of Cognitive Psychology and Educational Technology. He obtained his M.A. degree in Applied Behavioral Analysis from the University of the Pacific (Stockton, CA), a B.A. in Psychology and B.A. in Sociology-Anthropology from De La Salle University (Manila, Philippines) (Magna Cum Laude). His scholarly interests and publications focus on pedagogical strategies to internationalize the psychology curriculum, and using multimedia and internet-based technologies as pedagogical tools. More specifically, his current scholarly interests include: (1) development of an assessment tool for multimedia learning, (2) applications of Internet-based technologies (IBTs) as teaching and research tools, and (3) pedagogical strategies to internationalize psychology courses. He has published in peer-reviewed journals such as The International Journal of Instructional Media, Journal of Instructional Psychology, Teaching of Psychology, Reading Improvement, NYS Psychologist, Educational Technology, Psychology Teaching and Learning, International Psychology Bulletin, and the International Psychologist. He has over 200 scholarly presentations, over 40 workshops/panels/invited addresses, over 50 symposia/conferences organized at various regional, national, and international psychology conferences including those of the American Psychological Association (APA), the American Psychological Society (APS), the Eastern Psychological Association (EPA), the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology (NIToP), and the International Council of Psychologists. He is also been involved in the supervision of over 50 doctoral dissertations and masters theses.
The courses he has taught at the graduate and undergraduate levels include Experimental Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Instructional Psychology: Multimedia Applications, Research Design and Statistics, General Psychology, Psychology of Learning, Developmental Psychology, Behavior Modification, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, and Psychology of Personal Adjustment. Dr. Velayo has taught at De La Salle University, Montana State University, and the University of Michigan, before coming to Pace University in 1994 as a full-time faculty member of the Psychology Department. In addition to being the Editor-in-chief of the “Psych Eye” newsletter (official newsletter of Pace University’s Psychology Department, NYC), he is also an active reviewer of a number of publications including Associate Editor of the International Psychology Bulletin, editorial board member of the International Journal of Instructional Media and the Journal on School Education, and a reviewer for the Computers in Teaching Section of the Teaching of Psychology. The New York State Psychological Association awarded him the Virginia Staudt Sexton Award for Early Career Contributions to Academic Psychology (1997), the Distinguished Service Award (2002), and the Wilhelm Wundt Award for Outstanding Research Contributions to Academic Psychology and Service to NYSPA (2007). He is also the recipient of the 2000 Distinguished Award for Outstanding Service at Pace’s Employee Recognition Ceremony. In 2012, he was recognized as a “Guest of Honor” for Outstanding Contributions to Psychology at the 24th Annual Greater New York Conference on Behavioral Research (Fordham University, New York). In 2013, he received the "Henry P. David International Mentoring Award" from the Division of International Psychology of the American Psychological Association.
His professional service affiliations include: the American Psychological Association (in which he is a Fellow of Divisions 1, 2, 46, and 52), the International Council of Psychologists (ICP), International Association of Applied Psychologists, (IAAP), the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS), the New York State Psychological Association (Academic Division and the Social Issues Division), the Eastern Psychological Association (Fellow), PSI CHI (The International Honors Society in Psychology), and Sigma Xi (The Scientific Research Society). He was Past-President (2004), and Member-at-Large (2008-2009) for the Division of International Psychology (Division 52) of the APA in which he has also served as chair of the Membership Committee, Program Committee, the Website Committee, Associate Editor of the International Psychology Bulletin, and a active Member of its Curriculum and Training Committee. His other positions include Fellows Chair (2005-2007) for The Society for General Psychology (APA Division 1), Fellows Chair (2008) for The Division of International Psychology (APA Division 52), Chair (2006-2009) of the Communications and Publications Committee for the International Council of Psychologists (ICP), served twice as Past President (2001 and 2008) of the New York State Psychological Association’s Academic Division, Past-chair (2006-2008) of the Psychology Section of the New York Academy of Sciences, Past Co-Chair (2009) of APA’s Committee on Divisions/APA Relations (CODAPAR), and Member-at-Large for the NGO Committee on Ageing (2007-2009), and Executive Committee Member (2009-2012) of the Eastern Regional PSI CHI Steering Committee,. At Pace University, He has served as the Secretary and Webmaster (2000-2005) of the New York Faculty Council, Chair (2000-2001) of the Academic Resources Committees of Dyson College and NY Faculty Council, and Chair (January 2000 – August 2002) of the Communication Studies Department (NYC campus) of Pace.
Currently, Dr. Velayo coordinates the doctoral projects/dissertations of students in the Psy.D. Program in School-Clinical Child Psychology (2012-present). He is the NGO ECOSOC Representative (2009-present) of the International Council of Psychologists to the United Nations, Treasurer (2009-2013) of the NGO Committee on Ageing, Webmaster (2005-present), Fellows Chair and Member-at-Large of the Society for General Psychology (2012-present), Member-at-Large (2012-present) for the International Psychology Division of APA, Liaison (2010-present) of the Eastern Psychological Association to Pace University’s Psychology Department, and one of the three Co-Directors (2010-present) of The International Social and Behavioral Research Alliance. At Pace, he is a member (2004-present) of the Kenan Development Fund Committee for Faculty Development, and a Fellow (2000-present) of the Dyson College Society of Fellows. In Pace's Psychology Department, he serves as Chair of the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee (2013 - present) and as Technology Coordinator (1994-present) for Pace University’s Psychology Department (NYC).