Azara Santiago Rivera

Azara Santiago-Rivera

Dean, Academic Affairs
  • Full Professor
    Counseling, Director of the National Center for Research and Practice, Latino Mental Health

  • The Chicago School Chicago
Academic Affairs
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
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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

Areas Of Expertise

Sample Publications

  • Santiago-Rivera, A.L., Benson, G., Santos, M.M., & Lopez, M. Latinos and Depression: Assessment Issues. (2014) Book chapter to appear in K. Geisinger (Ed.) Psychological Testing of Hispanics: Clinical and Intellectual Issues (forthcoming book).

  • Choudhuri, D.D., Santiago-Rivera, A.L., & Garrett, M. (2011). Counseling and Diversity. Belmont,CA: Brooks/Cole Cengage Learning.


  • Santiago-Rivera, A.L., Kanter, J., Rusch, L., West, P., Runge, M., & Reyes, W. (2011). Latino Immigrants with Depression: An initial examination of treatment issues at a community clinic. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 13, 772-779.


  • Schwartz, A., Domenech-Rodriguez, M., Santiago-Rivera, A.L., Arredondo, P., Field, L. (2010). Cultural and Linguistic Competence: Welcome challenges from successful diversification. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 41, 210-220.
  • Santiago-Rivera, A.L., Altarriba, J., Poll, N., Gonzalez-Miller, N., & Cargun, C. (2009). Therapists' Views on Counseling the Bilingual English-Spanish client: A qualitative study. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 20, 436-443.


  • Santiao-Rivera, A.L., Kanter, J., Benson, G., DeRose, T., Illes, R., & Reyes, W. (2008). Behavioral Activation as an Alternative Treatment Approach for Latinos with Depression. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, training, 45,173-185.
  • Santiago-Rivera, A.L., Arredondo, P., & Gallardo-Cooper, M (2002). Counseling Latinos and La Familia.: A Guide for Practitioners. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications