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  • Melany Rivera Maldonado

    Assistant Professor of Psychology and Director of the Safran Center for Psychological Services

    Email
    riveram3@newschool.edu

    Office Location
    D - Albert & Vera List Academic Center - 6 East 16th Street

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    Melany Rivera Maldonado

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    Melany Rivera Maldonado is Assistant Professor of Psychology and Director of the Safran Center for Psychological Services.

    (pronouns: she, her, hers) Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Dr. Rivera Maldonado moved to New Jersey in 2015 to continue developing her professional and academic career. She is a licensed bilingual-Spanish psychologist in New Jersey and New York. Her career has been focused in promoting the professional and personal development of psychology students, as well as developing programs that serve immigrant communities. Her clinical work integrates multicultural issues, psychoanalitical and psychodynamic theories, and the impact of early relationships across lifespan. She previously served as the Director of Clinical Training at Felician University, as well as the Director of the YCS Institute for Infant and Preschool Mental Health, where she lead an APA Accredited Doctoral Internship Program.

    Connected with the community and committed with social justice initiatives, she participates in the several immigration advocacy groups, and provides consultation and workshops to non-profits on topics such as, equity, diversity and inclusion, child development and trauma informed care. She is the current Chair of the Early Career Committee for the New Jersey Psychological Association and served in the past as a Member-at-Large for the Latinx Mental Health Association of New Jersey. In 2020, she received the NJPA's Distinguished Teacher Award. 

     

     


    Degrees Held

    PhD 2016, University of Puerto Rico
    BA 2010, University of Puerto Rico


    Research Interests

    multicultural issues, psychoanalitical and psychodynamic theories, and the impact of early relationships across lifespan, immigration, psychology training and supervision


    Current Courses

    First Year Train Clinic Pract
    GPSY 6905, Fall 2021

    Independent Study
    GPSY 6990

    Future Courses

    Diagnostic Assess/Child
    GPSY 7001, Spring 2022

    First Year Train Clinic Pract
    GPSY 6905, Spring 2022

    Sem:Prof/Issues & Ethics
    GPSY 7011, Spring 2022

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