Dean of Academic Affairs

Azara Santiago-Rivera, Ph.D.

Dean of Academic Affairs

Dr. Azara Santiago-Rivera is the current Dean of Academic Affairs for the Washington, D.C. Campus.

Dr. Santiago-Rivera’s 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. She has presented on these topics at major conferences and has published in peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, Journal of Counseling and Development, the Journal of Community Psychology, Journal of Environment of Psychology, and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training.

She has held numerous leadership positions in professional organizations such as the Vice-President of the Latino Interest Network of the Association of Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD), and the President of Counselors for Social Justice (CSJ) within the American Counseling Association. She was the President of the National Latino/a Psychological Association, an American Psychological Association (APA) affiliated association (2004-2006). She is a Fellow of APA and currently the Chief Editor of the new journal: Journal of Latina/o Psychology, an APA publication.


  • 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, Michigan


  • National Certified Counselor