Alette Coble-Temple

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Alette Coble-Temple
Alette Coble-Temple, PhD..jpg
Bornc. 1970
Alma materSanta Clara University

John F. Kennedy University

Spouse(s)Bob Temple[1]
Scientific career
FieldsClinical Psychology
InstitutionsJohn F. Kennedy University

Alette Coble-Temple is a professor of clinical psychology at John F. Kennedy University. She is a noteworthy member of the disabled community as a fierce advocate for equal rights for individuals with disabilities. She is also a leader among women in the field of psychology. She currently sits as both a member of the American Psychological Association Committee on Women in Psychology, and as a member of the APA's Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology.[2]

She lives with cerebral palsy and much of her work has focused on disability rights. In 2015 she won the Ms. Wheelchair California pageant.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

At birth, Coble-Temple was given a 10% chance of surviving.[4] She survived and lives each moment to the fullest. As a child she was required to attend a special school for the disabled until she rebelled at the end of fourth grade and told her parents she was striking going to school until she could attend the school four blocks from her neighborhood home. With the support of her parents, they fought the local school district and at the beginning of fifth grade, Coble-Temple was fully mainstreamed at Almond Elementary.[5] She graduated from Los Altos High School in 1989 where she gave the student commencement speech. Coble-Temple attended Santa Clara University where she earned her Bachelors in Psychology in 1993. While at Santa Clara University, she founded the first support group for students with disabilities and became the first physically disabled student to live on campus and become a member of the Zeta Epsilon chapter of Delta Gamma sorority.

In 1993, Coble-Temple relocated to Walnut Creek, California, in order to attend John F. Kennedy University (JFK University) in order to pursue a master's degree in sport psychology. She earned her degree in eighteen months and was voted most outstanding student for JFK University in 1995. In 1996 she returned to JFK University to be in the inaugural PsyD class. By 1999 she earned her doctorate in psychology and again was named the outstanding student of the year.


Coble-Temple became a licensed psychologist in 2001.[6] She has worked in the areas of disability research and policy, performance enhancement, coaching, and provided clinical practice to a variety of populations especially children, adolescents, and families within the legal system.

Coble-Temple joined the PsyD faculty the College of Graduate and Professional Studies at John F. Kennedy University in 2004 and became an associate professor in 2014.[7] Coble-Temple also works for the State of California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation where she assesses parole candidates for the California Parole Board.[7]

Coble-Temple is a member of the Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology. In January 2015, she was elected to serve a 3-year term on the Committee for Women in Psychology as part of the American Psychological Association.[8] She served as Chair of the committee in 2017.[8] She is routinely asked to provide keynote addresses at national conventions and provide training for businesses.

Awards and honours[edit]

  • 2013 Faculty Member of the Year
  • City of Concord Human Relations Commissions Education and Awareness Award
  • 2015 John F. Kennedy University Harry L. Morisson Distinguished Teaching Award[5]

Personal life[edit]

Coble-Temple adopted a girl in 2004, and named her Kathryn.[5][9]She is married to Bob Temple.[7]


  1. ^ Nevius, C.W. (1 May 2004). "Adoption saga finally has a happy ending". San Francisco Chronicle.
  2. ^ Miles-Cohen, Shari E., PhD. Alette Coble-Temple, PhD, is Ms. Wheelchair California 2015. American Psychological Association., April 2015.
  3. ^ Kumiyama, Jennifer. The Ms. Wheelchair California Foundation., April 2015
  4. ^ Fancher, Lou (5 March 2015). "Walnut Creek: For Alette Coble-Temple, a different sort of achievement". Contra Costa Times. Retrieved 19 April 2015.
  5. ^ a b c Winslow, Megan V. (2015-08-15). "Former Los Altos resident clinches Ms. Wheelchair America title". Los Altos Town Crier. Retrieved 2019-04-14.
  6. ^ "Alette Coble-Temple PsyD - California Psychological Association". Retrieved 2019-04-14.
  7. ^ a b c "Walnut Creek: For Alette Coble-Temple, a different sort of achievement". The Mercury News. 2015-03-05. Retrieved 2019-04-14.
  8. ^ a b "Committee on Women in Psychology 2007-18". Retrieved 2019-04-14.
  9. ^ Nevius, C. W. (2004-05-01). "Adoption saga finally has a happy ending". SFGate. Retrieved 2019-04-14.