Dr. Sam Tsemberis

Dr. Sam Tsemberis, clinical psychologist, is Founder and CEO of the Pathways Housing First Institute. He also serves as the ED for the Greater Los Angeles VA-UCLA Center of Excellence for Training and Research on Veterans Homelessness and Recovery. Dr. Tsemberis developed the Housing First (HF) program, which offers housing as basic human right and effectively supports recovery for individuals, families, and youth experiencing homelessness.

Dr. Tsemberis was awarded the Distinguished Contribution to Independent Practice award from the American Psychological Association in 2016 and the Meritorious Service Cross awarded by the Lieutenant Governor of Canada in 2018. He is author of Housing First: The Pathways Model to End Homelessness and co-author of Housing First: Ending Homelessness, Transforming Systems, and Changing. Dr. Tsemberis earned his PhD in Clinical and Community Psychology from New York University.