Azara Santiago RiveraD

r. Santiago Rivera is the Coordinator of the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology at Felician University, Lodi, New Jersey. She is also Emeritus Professor and past Director of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at Merrimack College, Andover, Massachusetts. She held academic appointments at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology as the chair of the Counseling Department and became dean of academic affairs until 2015. Dr. Santiago-Rivera served as the associate dean of the School of Education, University at Albany. A change agent, among outcomes of her work as a dean, were initiatives to advance early career faculty with a focus on publishing, teaching strategies, and tenure and promotion processes. In addition, she held faculty positions as a professor, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and associate professor, University at Albany.

Her publications and research interests include multicultural competencies in the counseling profession, bilingual therapy, Latinx adults and depression, and the impact of environmental contamination on the biopsychosocial well-being of Native Americans. Her current work involves assessing depression in Latinx adults and the challenges associated with the use of translated measures from English to Spanish. She is a coauthor of 3 books, over 50 peer reviewed articles and book chapters, and has given over 120 presentations/workshops at local, national and international conferences, universities, and organizations.

She has held leadership positions in professional organizations such as the Vice-President of the Latino Interest Network of the Association of Multicultural Counseling and Development, and the President of Counselors for Social Justice within the American Counseling Association. She is a past-President of the National Latino/a Psychological Association and the Founding Editor of the Journal of Latinx Psychology (an APA journal). She is a Fellow of Divisions 45 and 17 of APA. In 2014, Dr. Santiago-Rivera received the APA Presidential Citation for outstanding contribution to the profession.

Dr. Santiago-Rivera’s areas of consultation address faculty development and mentorship. She has assisted academic departments address change through diversity, equity, and inclusion principles and cultural competency development.


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