Dr. Azara Santiago Rivera


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.

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.


  • Coordinator of the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology at Felician University, Lodi, New Jersey.
  • Emeritus Professor and past Director of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at Merrimack College, Andover, Massachusetts.
  • Chair of the Counseling Department as well as Dean of Academic Affairs,
  • The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.
  • Served as the Associate Dean of the School of Education, University at Albany.
  • 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.
  • Past-President of the National Latino/a Psychological Association and the Founding Editor of the Journal of Latinx Psychology(an APA journal).
  • Fellow of Divisions 45 and 17 of APA.
  • In 2014, Dr. Santiago-Rivera received the APA Presidential Citation for outstanding contribution to the profession.
  • Holds a PhD in Counseling Psychology from Wayne State University.


Miville, M., Arredondo, P., Consoli, A. Santiago-Rivera, A.L., Delgado Romero, E., Fuentes, M., Field, L. & Cervantes, J. (2017). Culturally grounded leadership in the National Latina/o Psychological Association. The Counseling Psychologist.