Azara Santiago-Rivera, PhD

Professor and Coordinator, Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology
Felician University

Dr. Santiago Rivera, PhD, NCC is a Professor and Coordinator of the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology at Felician University, Lodi, New Jersey.  She has held academic and administrative appointments at Merrimack College, North Andover, MA, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Washington, DC and Chicago, IL, The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, WI and the University at Albany, NY.  Among outcomes of her administrative work were initiatives to advance early career faculty with a focus on publishing, teaching strategies and tenure and promotion processes. Her professional and leadership positions in professional organizations include President of the National Latino/a Psychological Association and President of the Counselors for Social Justice of the American Counseling Association. Her publications and research interests include multicultural competencies in the counseling profession, bilingual therapy, and behavioral activation as a treatment for depression in Latinx adults.  She is the Founding Editor of the Journal of Latinx Psychology and is a Fellow of Divisions 45 and 17 of the American Psychological Association (APA). She served as committee member and chair of the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education’s Outstanding Dissertation Awards Committee. Currently, she is the chair-elect of AAHHE’s Finance Committee. In 2014, Dr. Santiago-Rivera received the APA Presidential Citation for outstanding contribution to the profession.