Faculty: Mari Carmen Bennasar, PsyD

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Mari Carmen Bennasar, PsyD

Associate Professor, Counseling and Behavioral Health Department

Director, Lucero Latino Mental Health Program

617-327-6777 x1421
Work Space 314M
Degree Major/Emphasis Institution
Post-doctoral training in Behavioral Medicine Harvard Medical School
PsyD Clinical Psychology Nova Southeastern University
MS Psychology Universidad Pedro Henriquez Ureña
BA Psychology Universidad Pedro Henriquez Ureña


  • 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

  • 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.
  • Concurrent Leadership, Service & Professional Activities
  • Private practice–clinical work with children, adult, and families
  • Director, Latino mental health program

Prior 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