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Mari Carmen Bennasar pictureMari Carmen Bennasar, PsyD

Clinical Mental Health Counseling MA Program, Core Faculty
Lucero Latino Mental Health Program
Clinical Psychology (PsyD) Faculty

Mari Carmen Bennasar is a licensed clinical psychologist with psychodynamic background and specialty training and experience in Behavioral Medicine. Born and raised in the Dominican Republic to Spaniard immigrants, she moved to the United States in 1986. Dr. Bennasar has an equivalent to a MA degree (Licenciatura) from D.R. and was granted a PsyD degree by Nova Southeastern University in 1993. Dr. Bennasar completed her pre-doctoral internship at Boston University Medical School with a focus on multicultural issues and her post-doctoral training at Harvard University Medical School with a focus on Behavioral Medicine.

Dr. Bennasar interests include a variety of populations and settings such as working with children and adults with issues of complex trauma, anxiety disorders, and substance abuse; psychological testing; disaster mental health; and student training, supervision and mentoring. Dr. Bennasar is actively involved with the American Psychological Association (member of Division 45/ diversity issues and Division 35/ women's issues), the National Latino Psychological Association and was a working member of CRSPPP (Committee for the Review of Specialties and Proficiencies in Professional psychology). Dr. Bennasar was the Associate Director of the Center for Multicultural Training in Psychology at Boston University Medical School for 14 years, and has been in private practice in Southborough, MA for 20 years.

Dr. Bennasar is the Director of the Lucero Latino Mental Health Program and faculty of the Counseling Psychology Department. She was our Associate Director of Field of Education for the Clinical PsyD program at WJC from 2012 - 2015.

Presentations and Trainings

  • January 2016. The role of mentoring in attracting doctoral students to work with underserved populations: Promoting the personal and professional development of Latino/a bilingual psychotherapies. "Creating Mentorship Pipelines", The National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology. Atlanta, Georgia, 2016 Midwinter conference.
  • April 2015. WJC respondiendo a las necesidades de la comunidad: Educación, practica, investigación, y colaboración. Keynote speaker. Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Hidalgo, Pachuca Mexico.
  • October 2014. Biennial conference of the National Latino/a Psychological Association, Albuquerque, New Mexico:
    • Promoting the Personal and Professional Development of Latina/o Bilingual Psychotherapists: Trainee and Faculty Perspectives, Bennasar, Mari Carmen and Teran, Vincenzo.
    • Meeting Latinas/os' Individual and Communal Mental Health Needs through Clinical Training Programs. Bennasar, M., Gallardo, M. and Zuniga, R.
  • August 2014. Specialties Proficiencies and Affordable Care Act: Ethical and Professional Policy Issues and Developments. American Psychological Association, annual conference. Washington, DC.
  • April 2014. Challenges and Opportunities: identifying and intervening with student behavioral issues. Main presenter: Ecker, B. Panel: Bennasar, M., Silva A and St Louis G. Roxbury Community College, Roxbury, MA.
  • November 2013. Understanding unique needs of Latino Families. Adolescent Consultation Services, Middlesex Juvenile Court System. Cambridge, MA.
  • August 2013. Affordable Care Act and implications in Training, Practice and Accreditation. American Psychological Association, annual conference. Oahu, Hawaii.
  • May 2013. Exploring ways to integrate culture in the psychological treatment of Latinos. Lindeman Lecture Series. Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (MSPP), Newton, MA.