Azara Santiago-Rivera, Ph.D. of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP), the largest nonprofit graduate school devoted to psychology and the behavioral sciences, has been appointed editor of the Journal of Latina/o Psychology, published by the American Psychological Association (APA). Additionally, Dr. Santiago-Rivera will become director of TCSPP’s new National Center for Research and Practice, Latino Mental Health in January 2013, as part of the institution’s commitment to the understanding, research and advocacy of Latino communities.
“This is an exciting time for the field of psychology with the enhanced emphasis on multiculturalism and ethnic identity, and how these issues impact individual and community Latino mental health,” said Dr. Santiago-Rivera, chair of the Counseling Psychology program at the Washington, D.C. campus. “The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and APA should be praised for their dedication to advancing the behavioral sciences to be more inclusive in addressing the needs of diverse communities.”
As a Fellow of APA, Dr. Santiago-Rivera has 20 years of experience as a scholar and researcher in counseling psychology and Latino mental health, with previous faculty positions at the University at Albany, State University of New York, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She has published dozens of articles in peer-reviewed journals, co-authored three books, and given at least 100 presentations nationally and internationally. She’s also served in many leadership roles, including as president of both the National Latina/o Psychological Association and the Counselors for Social Justice, a division of the American Counseling Association.
The APA Journal of Latina/o Psychology publishes scholarly writing on research, practice, advocacy, education, and policy relevant to Latino communities, including issues such as immigration, health and multigenerational families.