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Azara Santiago Rivera

Professor, Director Clinical Mental Health Program


B.A., Psychology, Interamerican University, San Juan, Puerto Rico
M.A., Counseling, Interamerican University, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Ph.D., Counseling, Wayne State University, Detroit


Counseling Theories
Research and Evaluation
Group Counseling
Ethical Issues in Counseling
Counseling and Diversity
Trauma: Crisis and Interventions

Professional Experience

My publications and research interests include multicultural issues in the counseling profession, bilingual therapy, Latinos and depression, and the impact of environmental contamination on the biopsychosocial well-being of Native Americans. Publications on these topics appear in peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, Clinical Case Studies, Journal of Counseling and Development, the Journal of Community Psychology, Journal of Environmental Psychology, and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training. I have served in a variety of leadership positions in the American Counseling Association, American Psychological Association and the National Latino/a Psychological Association. In addition, I am the founding editor of the Journal of Latina/o Psychology and a fellow of the American Psychological Association.



Choudhuri, D.D., Santiago-Rivera, A.L., & Garrett, M. (2012) Counseling and diversity. Belmont, CA: Brooks/ Cole│Cengage Learning.

Santiago-Rivera, A.L., Arredondo, P., & Gallardo-Cooper, M. (2002). Counseling Latinos and la familia: A guide for practitioners. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Selected Articles

Benson-Florez, G., Santiago Rivera, A.L., & Nagy, G. (2016). Culturally adapted behavioral activation for Latina/o families.  To appear in Clinical Case Studies a special issue on cultural adaptations of evidence-based interventions.

Aminov, Z., Haase, R., Rej, R., Schymura, M.J., Santiago-Rivera, A., Morse, G., DeCaprio, A., & Carpenter, D. (2016). Diabetes prevalence in relation to serum concentrations of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) in a Native American population. Environmental Health Perspectives, 124, 1376-1383.

Santiago-Rivera, A.L., Adames, H., Chavez, N., & Benson Flores, G. (2016). Community impact of racism. In A. N. Alvarez, C. Liang & H. A. Neville (Eds.) The cost of racism for People of Color: Contextualizing experiences of discrimination. (pp 229-245). Washington, DC: APA.

Santiago-Rivera, A.L., Benson, G., Santos, M.M., & Lopez, M. (2015). Latinos and depression: Measurement issues and assessment. In K. Geisinger (Ed.) Psychological testing of Hispanics: Clinical, cultural, and intellectual issues. Washington, DC: APA.

Kanter, J., W., Santiago-Rivera, A., L., Santos, M. M., Dieguez-Hurtado, G., West, P., Nagy,G., & Lopez, M. (2014). Behavioral Activation for Latinos treatment manual. American Psychological Association: Society of Clinical Psychology.

Kanter, J., Santiago-Rivera, A.L., Santos, M .M., Nagy, G., Lopez, M, Dieguez,- Hurtado, G., & West, P. (2014). A randomized hybrid efficacy and effectiveness trial of behavioral activation for Latinos with depression. Behavior Therapy, 46,177-192.





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