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 is 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 our Associate Director of Field of Education for the PsyD program and is the Director of the Lucero Latino Mental Health Program
Mari Carmen Bennasar, PsyD, presented at the National Multicultural Conference and Summit on Developing Ways to Better Serve Latinos in the U.S.: Training Spanish-English Bilingual Providers on January 17, 2013. The presentation reviewed the current needs of Spanish-speaking Latinos in the U.S. It draws on the work of pioneers in the field of bilingual therapy and discuss ways in which psychology departments can transform their programs to address the needs of bilingual clinicians, supervisors, scholars, and researchers. For more information go to www.multiculturalsummit.org
Co-Presenter at the APA Annual Convention, Hawaii, August 2013
Ethical Practice and Implications of the Affordable Care Act for Specialties and Proficiencies: Implications in Education and Training. Presented by the commission for the Recognition of Specialties and Proficiencies in professional psychology.