Ottawa University has a new face in the psychology department.

This week, OU announced the hiring of Pilar Galiana Abal, PhD, as an assistant professor of psychology in the School of Arts and Sciences, according to a news release. Abal has experience teaching abnormal psychology, personality theories, multicultural psychology, psychology of criminal behavior and cognitive and behavior disorders, the release said.

For the past two years, Abal taught at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, located in Corpus Christi, Texas. Prior to that, she was an instructor in Paris, France, where she focused on psychology classes in nursing, medical and social work schools, in addition to the University of Paris X-Nanterre.

While in France, she was also licensed as a forensic psychologist and appointed to the court of Paris as an expert witness in 2011, the release said. She maintained a private practice in Paris where she served the population of adults, adolescents and children with psychological, psychiatric and identity disorders.

Abal has doctorate degrees in clinical psychology and psychopathology from the Université Vincennes-Saint Denis, France, as well as in social Anthropology and ethnology from École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, France. She has master’s degrees in clinical psychology and psychopathology from the Université Vincennes-Saint Denis, France, and in anthropology and ethnology from the Université Denis Diderot, France. Her bachelor’s degrees include general psychology, Japanese language and culture, Thai language and culture and Lao language and literature.