Lewis Aptekar, Phd.
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February 20, 2013

San Jose, California

Phone, 408-924-3662
Fax, 408-9243713
Email, lewis.aptekar@sjsu.edu

Website: http://www.sjsu.edu/faculty/laptekar


Post-doctoral residency in clinical psychology. Texas Tech University, School of Medicine, 1985-86. (Licensed Psychologist, California #PZ105507)

Ph.D. University of Michigan, Educational Psychology, 1970

B.S. Wayne State University, Psychology and Special Education


Professor Counselor Education, College of Education, San Jose State University, 1987-current

Senior Fulbright Specialist, Visiting Professor of Community Counseling,
Universidad Pedagogica Nacional, Francisco Morazan. Tegulcigapa, Honduras, 2002.

Visiting Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Zambia, Lusaka, Zambia, 2000-01.

Nehru Visiting Professor, M.S. University of Baroda, Baroda, India, Department of Human Development, 1998.

Visiting Associate Professor, Addis Ababa University, Department of Psychiatry, and IPSER, Free University of Amsterdam and Department of Psychiatry, 1996-7

Senior Fulbright Lecturer, Department of Psychology, University of Swaziland, 1995-6

Visiting Scholar, Institute of African Studies, University of Nairobi, 1994-5

Visiting Professor, Department of External Relations, Johns Hopkins University, 1993

Fulbright Scholar, Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia, 1983-84
and Universidad de Santo Tomas. Bogota, Colombia.


Aptekar, L. (under contract). Street children and homeless youth: A cross-cultural perspective. NY:  Springer Press.

Aptekar, L. (under contract). Street Children. In H.Montgomery (ed.). Oxford Bibliographies in Childhood Studies Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Aptekar, L. (in press). Epilogue, To give or not to give, confessions of a humanitarian aid worker. In D. Vakoch (ed.). Altruism in Cross Cultural Perspective. NY: Springer Press.

Aptekar, L. (in press). Street children, AIDS orphans, and unprotected minors: Some questions for humanitarian assistance. University of California.

Aptekar, L.  (2010). In the Lion’s Mouth: Hope and Heartbreak in Humanitarian Assistance. (Bloomington, Indiana: Xlibris).  

Aptekar, L. (2009). Street and homeless children (pp. 959-961). In Shweder, Richard A., Thomas R. Bidell, Anne C. Dailey, Suzanne D. Dixon, Peggy J. Miller, and John Modell, eds., The Chicago companion to the child (Chicago: University of Chicago Press).

Aptekar, L. & B. Abebe (2009). In the mouth of the Lion: working with the displaced in Addis Ababa (pp180-198). In Pankhurst, A. & F. Piguet. Moving People in Ethiopia: Development Displacement and the State (London: Boydell and Brewer ltd.).

Mc-Adam Smith, J. & Aptekar, L. (2005). The theory of resilience and its applications to street children in the Minority and Majority world. In M. Ungar (ed.). Handbook for working with children and youth: Pathways to resilience across cultural and contexts (pp. 71-88). Thousand Oak, CA:Sage.

Aptekar, L. (2004a). A global view of street children in the third millennia. In. D’Souza, B, Sonawat, E., & D. Madangopal (eds.). Understanding adolescents at risk (pp 1-29): Mumbia, India: Multi-tech Publishers.

Aptekar, L. (2004b). The changing developmental dynamics of "children in particularly difficult circumstances": Examples of street and war traumatized children. In Gielen, U. & J. Roopnarine (eds), Childhood and adolescence in cross-cultural perspective and applications (pp. 377-410): Westport, CT: Praeger Press.

Aptekar, L & Abebe, B. (2004c). In the mouth of the lion: working with the displaced in Addis Ababa. In A. Pankhurst and Piguet (eds). Proceedings of the workshop held by The Ethiopian society of Sociologists, Social workers and Anthropologists and the United Nations Emergency Unit for Ethiopia (pp 338-370): Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: Addis Ababa University Press.

Aptekar, L. & Heinonen, P. (Spring 2003a).Methodological Implications of Contextual Diversity in Research on Street Children, Children, Youth and Environments, Vol. 13, no. 1.

Aptekar, L. (2003b). "Cultural problems for Western counselors working with Ethiopian refugees". In Counseling refugees: A psychosocial approach to innovative multicultural innovations (pp. 208-225). F. Bemak, R. Chung, & P. Pedersen (eds). Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.

Aptekar, L & Giel, R. (2002). Walks in Kaliti Life in a Destitute Shelter for the Displaced. In Trauma, War, and Violence: Public Mental Health in Socio-cultural Context Joop de Jong (ed.), (pp. 337-366). NY: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Pub.

Aptekar, L., Paardekooper, B., & Kuebli, J.  (2000). Adolescence and youth among displaced Ethiopians: A case study in Kaliti camp.  International Journal of Group Tensions, 29,1-2: 101-135.

Aptekar, L., and Ciano, L. (1999) Street children in Nairobi, Kenya: Gender differences and mental health. In, Developmental issues among homeless and working street youth: New Directions in Childhood Development, Rafaelli, M. & R. Larson (eds.), pp 35-46. SF, CA: Jossey Bass.
Aptekar, L., Maphalala, T.P. , Dlamini, G., Makhanya, J., & Magagula, S. (1998). The newly emerging problem of street children in Swaziland. Journal of Psychology in Africa, 2: 123-141. 

Aptekar, L., & Abebe, B. (1997a) Conflict in the Neighborhood: Street children and the public space. Childhood, 4 (4): 477-490.

Aptekar, L., & D. Stocklin. (1997b). Growing up in particularly difficult circumstances: A cross-cultural perspective. In J. Berry, P. R. Dasen, & T. S. Saraswathi (Eds). Handbook of cross-cultural psychology (2nd ed.). Volume 2: Basic processes and human development (pp. 377-412). Boston: Allyn & Bacon.

Aptekar, L. (1994a). Street children in the developing world: A review of their condition, Cross‑cultural Research, 28 (3), pp. 195‑224.

Aptekar, L. (1994b). Environmental Disasters in Global Perspective. New York: G. K. Hall/Macmillan.

Aptekar, L. and Boore, J. (1990). "The Emotional Effects of Disaster on Children, International Journal of Mental Health, Vol. 19, No. 2, summer, pp 77‑90.

Aptekar, L. (1988). Street Children of Cali.  Duke University Press.


Editorial board, Child abuse and neglect,                                                      Current           

Editorial board, Journal of Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS (SAHARA),          Current

Associate Editor, Journal of Psychology in Africa,                                        Current

Faculty led study abroad program, University of Zambia                              Current

President, Society of Cross-cultural Research (SCCR),                                 2005-6

Faculty led study abroad program, Proyectos Alternativas

Y Opportunidades, Tegucigalpa, Honduras                                                   2004.

Rockefeller Foundation Study and Conference Center (Bellagio, Italy).      2003

Fulbright Senior Specialist Program                                                               2002-2007

Global Scholars Fellow, San Jose State University,                                       2002-5

Senior Fulbright Specialist, Universidad Pedagogica Nacional,
Francisco Morazan, Tegulcigapa, Honduras                                                   2002

Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship, University of Zambia                             2001

National Science Foundation, "The street children of                                    1994
Kenya: Consequences of Modernization and Changing Family

Sun Microsystems Foundation, "Helping Under‑represented                        1992
Students Make the Transition: The High School Entrance Academy"

Natural Hazards Research and Applications Information                              1989
Center, Quick Response Grants, "Understanding the Mental
Health Problems of Children in a Disaster." 

The Kellogg Foundation @ Partners of the Americas, "Training                   1987
University Students to Work With Street Children."              


Plenary address, Street children, AIDS orphans, and unprotected minors: What you read is not what you see. Social Responsibility and Current Challenges, 2013, 8th Annual International Conference of Institute of Development and Social Responsibility (IRDO) March 8, 2013.

Invited speaker,  A world view of street children. University of Maribor, Slovenia, March 3-6, 2013.

Invited discussant, Street children a Cross-cultural Perspective, International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development, 21st Biennial International Congress, Lusaka, Zambia: 18-22 July 2010

Invited workshop, Training teachers for community counseling in Disasters: Partners of the Americas, Port Au Prince, Haiti. April 7-28, 2010.

Invited speaker, Street children, “AIDS orphans” and “Unprotected minors”, at Children in Crisis: An International Conference, University of California-Berkeley, October 30-31, 2009.

Key Note Address; Street children; a cross cultural analysis. At Breaking the silence in Pakistan on the issue of street children, UNICEF and AZAF Foundation, , Karachi, Pakistan, September 28-29, 2009.

Invited workshop, Teaching counseling to teachers in the Sechuan post earthquake disaster. Southwest University, Chongqing, China, July 5-8, 2008.

Invited participant, Rethinking Child Protection: The Perspective from Research and Assessed Experience, University of California, Davis, March 9-11, 2008

Presidential Address, Society for Cross-cultural Research, A cross-cultural view of street children: Research and Policy. Santa Fe, New Mexico, February 25, 2005

SETI Institute, To give or not to give: Cultural determinants in the value of giving to others in great need. Santa Fe, New Mexico, February 24, 2005.

Invited Professor, Senior Fulbright Specialist, Visiting Professor of Community Counseling, Universidad Pedagogica Nacional, Francisco Morazan Fulbright Senior Specialists project. Tegulcigapa, Honduras, June, November, 2002.

Invited Symposium:  The changing developmental dynamics of children in particularly difficult circumstances: Some examples of street and war traumatized children. The New York Academy of Sciences Workshop on Childhood and Adolescence in Cross-cultural Perspective, October 27-28, 2000. New York.

Key Note Address: New directions on adolescent research: Developing a cross-cultural methodology for working with street children. 7th Biennial Conference of the European Association for Research on Adolescence, Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, Germany, June 3, 2000.

Key Note Address: A world view of street children in the year 2,000. Program for Street children symposium, UNICEF City 2,000. Jyvaskyla, Finland, April 4,2000.

Invited Symposium: African Refugees: A case study of Kaliti, Ethiopia. Child and family study group, Cambridge University, March 29, 2000.

Invited Speaker: First International Conference on AIDS in Ethiopia, "HIV positive adolescence among the displaced population of Ethiopia: A case study from Kaliti Camp. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, November 9, 1999.

Invited Speaker: University of Amsterdam, International Development Research Association, International Conference on Refugees and the Transformation of Society: Loss and Recovery. Paper presentation, “Providing mental health services to refugees: Understanding the changing roles of gender and age among the displaced in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia”, April 22, 1999.

Nehru Visiting Professor: M. S. University of Baroda, Vadodara, India, January 11, 1999. Street children: A cross cultural perspective.

Key Note Address, International Society for Study of Behavioral Development, Adolescence and  youth among displaced Ethiopians: A case study in Kaliti Camp, July 22, 1998, Windhoek, Namibia.

Invited participant: Norwegian Center for Child Research, Urban Childhood - An Interdisciplinary Conference, June 9, 1997 Trondheim, Norway, Understanding the Mental Health of Refugees: A case study.

Invited Keynote International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development (ISSBD), South Asian Regional Workshop, “A Culturally Sensitive Plan for Working with Street Children”, Chandigarh, India, November 21, 1995.

Invited Speaker: Save the Children Southern African Regional Conference,  “Working with Traumatized Children”, American Cultural Center, Maputo, Mozamibque, October 4, 1995.

Chair 6th Annual BOLESWA Conference, Training Teachers to Work with Street Children”, Gabarone, Botswana, August 8, 1995. (Presented with T. P. Maphalala).

Invited speaker: University of South Africa, “Cultural Factors Influencing Children’s Responses to Particularity Difficult Circumstances”, Pretoria, South Africa, July 13, 1995.

Invited Workshop: Norwegian Center for Child Research, Haholmen, Norway, May 2-24, 1995, Using drawings to understand traumatized children.

Invited Keynote: Human Sciences Research Council, Pretoria, S. Africa, March 9, 1995. Cross-cultural problems faced by people who work with street children .


(Licensed Psychologist, Texas #2944, California, #PZ10507)

San Benito Country Mental Health, child psychologist                                 2006-2010

Eligible Psychologist, clinical correctional facility (OCE86)                          2000-2010

Affiliated Psychologist, Clinical work with police officers                           2002

California Board of Psychology, Expert Reviewer                                        2001

UNICEF, Developing a post-graduate counselor education program,
University of Zambia,                                                                                     2000-01.

Texas Tech University, School of Medicine.                                                  1985‑6
Department of Psychiatry.  El Paso, Texas.                
(Post Doctoral Residency)

U.S. Army, Fort Bliss, El Paso, Texas, General Clinical, Part time,               1985-86

La Tuna Federal Penitentiary, Group counseling, drug abuse.                       1984-5

U.S. State Department, Drug Education and Prevention, Clinical training
for professionals and community about drug abuse in several countries in
Latin America, Part time consultant,                                                              1981-2



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