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Rafael Padilla

Adjunct Professor

Part-Time Faculty


Dr. Rafael Padilla is an adjunct professor at USF, exclusively teaching the South Bay MFT students. He teaches Law and Ethics, Counseling Methods, Relationship Counseling, and the Traineeship class during the 3rd year of the program. His area of expertise is Forensic Psychology and he is often in court testifying as an expert witness in Family Court matters. Dr. Padilla has been qualified as an expert on child development, child custody, parenting plans and many other categories.


  • Forensic Psychology


  • California School of Professional Psychology, Psy.D, 2006
  • San Francisco State University, MS in Counseling, 1994
  • San Francisco State University, BA in Developmental Psychology, 1991