Nilda Laboy Nilda M. Laboy, PsyD

nilda_laboy@williamjames.edu

Role(s)

  • Associate Professor
  • Chair, Counseling Department

Degrees

  • PsyD in Clinical Psychology, Carlos Albizu University (San Juan)
  • MS in Clinical Psychology, Carlos Albizu University (San Juan)
  • BA in Psychology, Universidad del Sagrado Corazon

Teaching

  • Mental Health Counseling Internship I and II
  • Substance Abuse Evaluation and Treatment
  • Professional Issues and Ethics
  • Psychological Assessment for Counselors
  • Psychopathology

Previous teaching appointments:

  • Adjunct Faculty, Argosy University, Washington, DC Campus
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Center for Advanced Legal Studies, Georgetown University, Washington, DC

Research and Practice Interests

  • Juvenile justice
  • Latino mental health
  • Clinical supervision
  • Diversity in clinical training
  • Substance abuse
  • LGBT issues
  • Program development and evaluation
  • Disaster mental health

Professional Licenses and Certifications

  • Licensed Psychologist and Certified Health Services Provider (Massachusetts)
  • Licensed Clinical Psychologist (Virginia)
  • Certified Sex Offender Treatment Provider (Virginia)
  • Registrant, National Register of Health Service Psychologists

Awards

  • Excellence in Teaching Award - 2012. Shared with the Counseling Psychology Department. Commencement Exercises, Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology
  • Employee of the Year – 2007. Shared with the Essex County Court Clinic Staff. Children’s Friend and Family Services, Salem MA
  • Dissertation Approved with Distinction - 1994. An outcome study of detained Mariel refugees treated in a bilingual/bicultural inpatient substance abuse treatment program.  Caribbean Center for Advanced Studies, Puerto Rico Institute of Psychology, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
  • U.S. Public Health Services Achievement Medal - 1994
  • In recognition of noteworthy accomplishments in the performance of duty, in support of the mission of the Refugee Mental Health Branch.  Developed a database which allowed Branch personnel to triage and track all detained Mariel Cubans who required inpatient psychiatric evaluation and treatment, but who did not have a release decision from the Department of Justice.

Publications and Presentations

Select Presentations

04/10/2015 - The Mental Health Needs of Unaccompanied Refugee Minors: Media Accounts vs. Reality.  Latino Mental Health Conference, Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology

03/28/2014 - Challenges in the Practice of Forensic Psychology and Counseling with Latinos Populations in Massachusetts Latino Mental Health Conference, Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology

09/12/2009 - Panel Presentation: Cultural Perspectives (1 hour).  The Changing Face of Immigration: Debates, Controversies and Implications for Clinical Practice.  Co-sponsored by the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology and the Committee for Ethnic Minority Affairs (CEMA) of the Massachusetts Psychological Association.

08/11/2006 - Symposium: Mentoring Students Through SPTA Affairs: Innovative Approaches and Common-Sense Considerations (1 hour).  American Psychological Association Convention, New Orleans, Louisiana.  Nilda M. Clark, Psy.D., Martin J. La Roche, PhD, Terri M. Davis, PhD, Eugene D'Angelo, Ph.D., Elena J. Eisman, EdD, Charity Tabol, MS

10/29/2005 - Workshop: Billing 101: Strategies for billing efficiently, ethically and avoiding common mistakes (1.5 hours).  The Second Business of Psychology Conference: Ethical and Business Healthy Practices.  Sponsored by the Massachusetts Psychological Association, Boston, MA.  Presented with John A. Anderson, Jr., Ph.D., ABPP and Stephen Etkind, Ed.D.

Current Professional Leadership and/or Concurrent Work Experience

  • Private practice – Insights Psychological Services - forensic and clinical psychology consulting, counseling education consulting
  • Psychologist Supervisor – U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Disaster Medical Assistance Team – MA-1 Team

Prior Professional Leadership and/or Work Experience

  • Consultant to the American Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) in the translation of the EPPP exam to Spanish
  • Forensic Psychologist (Court Clinician) – Essex County Juvenile Court, MA, and Middlesex County District Court, MA
  • Private Practice – Insights Psychological Services (Virginia)
  • Senior Psychologist, Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute, VA
  • Clinical Supervisor I, City of Alexandria Substance Abuse Services, VA
  • Psychologist, INS/PHS Evaluation Facility at St. Elizabeths Hospital, Washington, DC
  • Secretary, Massachusetts Psychological Association (MPA)
  • Director-At-Large, Massachusetts Psychological Association
  • Chair, Education Committee (MPA)
  • Chair, LGBT Taskforce (MPA)
  • Member, Steering Committee, Disaster Response Network (MPA)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Counseling Association
  • Massachusetts Mental Health Counselors Association
  • North Atlantic Regional Association for Counselor Education and Supervision
  • Massachusetts-Rhode Island Association for Counselor Education and Supervision
  • American Psychological Association
  • American Psychology-Law Society (APA Division 41)
  • Society of Clinical Psychology (APA Division 12)
  • Psychologists in Independent Practice (APA Division 42)
  • Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues (APA Division 44)
  • Massachusetts Psychological Association

Community Engagement

  • Physicians for Human Rights – Psychologist Evaluator
  • American Red Cross – Psychologist Volunteer