Peggy Avakian, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Education


Peggy Avakian has been instrumental in creating the master of arts in leadership studies program at Fresno Pacific University. Her leadership and vision have shaped the program to focus on changing lives and transforming organizations. Her extensive experience and educational background in leadership and organization development bring added value and quality evidenced throughout the program. She has been a psychological consultant to hundreds of individuals, groups, and organizations. Dr. Avakian's research and private practice work focus on cultural and psychological approaches toward change and transformation.


Ph.D., Pacifica Graduate Institute
M.S., University of San Francisco
B.S., California State University, Fresno

Publications and Presentations

  • "Dialogue: Uncovering the Phenomenon of Refugees," paper presented to the International Human Science Research Conference, Seattle, Washington, August 2010
  • "Storylines: Leading Women: Crossing Cultures, Changing Communities," presentation at the Central California Conference on Character and Civic Education, co-sponsored by California State University, Fresno, and Fresno Pacific University, Fresno, April 2010
  • "Recollections: Cultural Trauma, History, and Memory," paper presented at the Symposium of the American College of Forensic Psychology, San Francisco, April 2010
  • "Sacred Leadership," presentation to the church leaders of Saint Rest's Baptist Church, Fresno, April 2010
  • "Storylines: Leading Women: Crossing Cultures, Changing Communities," presentation to the Central California Fig Garden Women's Association; Fresno, March 2010
  • "The Storylines Project: History, Memory, Culture," paper presented to Central California's Leading Women at "The Forum," Fresno, February 2010
  • "The Storylines Project: Witnessing History, Culture, Identity," paper presented at the International Human Science Research Conference, Molde, Norway, July 2009