Mari Carmen Bennasar picture Mari Carmen Bennasar, PsyD

617-327-6777 x1421, Work Space 314M


  • Assistant Professor
  • Director, Lucero Latino Mental Health Program


  • Post-doctoral training in Behavioral Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • PsyD in Clinical Psychology, Nova Southeastern University
  • MS and BA in Psychology, Universidad Pedro Henriquez Ureña (UNPHU)


  • Theories of Counseling and psychotherapy
  • Diversity, Difference, and Inclusion
  • Clinical Skills and Practicum I
  • Practicum II
  • Consultation, Collaboration and Community Partnerships
  • Psychological Assessment for Counselors
  • Clinical Work with Latinos

Research and Practice Interests

  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Latino mental health
  • Disparities
  • Disaster mental health
  • Children and adults with issues of complex trauma, anxiety disorders, and substance abuse
  • Psychological assessment
  • Teaching, mentoring and supervising

Professional Licenses and Certifications

  • Licensed Psychologist and Certified Health Services Provider (Massachusetts)
  • Registrant, National Register of Health Service Psychologists

Publications and Presentations

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.

Current Professional Leadership and/or Concurrent Work Experience

  • Private practice–clinical work with children, adult, and families
  • Director, Latino mental health program

Prior Professional Leadership and/or Work Experience

  • Associate Director of Field Education for Clinical PsyD program at WJC (4 years)
  • Associate Director of the Center for Multicultural Training in Psychology, Boston University Medical School (15 years)
  • Edward Kennedy Community Health Center, Clinician/ Psychologist and Director of the Social Services department (5 years)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Counseling Association
  • North Atlantic Regional Association for Counselor Education and Supervision
  • American Psychological Association
  • APA Division 45/ diversity issues
  • APA Division 35/ women's issues