Nnamdi Pole earned his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1999 and completed his postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco, in 2001. He is a licensed Psychologist and a fellow of the American Psychological Society.
His research interests include psychological trauma, psychophysiology, psychotherapy, and ethnic minority mental health. He teaches Introduction to Psychology, Psychology of the Black Experience, and Evidence Based Practice. He is an adjunct Professor in the Smith College School for Social Work.
Pole is an Associate Editor of Psychological Bulletin, one of the highest impact journals in behavioral science, also an Associate Editor of Affective Science, a new journal for original empirical research on emotion. He serves on the editorial boards of journals specializing in trauma (Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy) and ethnic minority issues (Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology). He has served on the boards of International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) and the American Psychological Association (APA) Trauma Division (56). He is currently an elected Council Representative for APA Division 56 and he has been appointed to the APA PTSD Guideline Update Panel charged with writing evidence based guidelines for the treatment of adult posttraumatic stress disorder.