Papa, Lesther

Assistant Professor, Psychology

Faculty Advisor, PilGrad & Akbayan


(408) 924-5671

Office Hours
Thursdays, 9-11AM


  • Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology, Utah State University, 2020
  • Education Specialist in School Psychology, Utah State University, 2019
  • Master of Arts in Psychology (Teaching of Psychology Emphasis), 2012
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, 2010


Dr. Lesther Papa (he/him) is an assistant professor at San Jose State University in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. He is a Filipnx-American from Hawaii and his research focuses on the experiences of racial and ethnic microaggressions (REMAs) in higher education. Alongside this research, has developed the BIPOC and Minoritized People's Mental Health Lab (BIPOC MPMH Lab;, which now includes research on the use of pronouns for trans and nonbinary folks and colorism in Filipinx communities. In addition, Dr. Papa also teaches classes for undergraduate and graduate students and supports student and university organizations.