Teaching Faculty Fellow: Nabila Irizarry-Martínez, PhD

Nabila Irizarry-Martinez, PhD

Nabila Irizarry-Martínez, PhD

Teaching Faculty Fellow, Clinical Psychology Department


Dr. Nabila Irizarry-Martínez obtained her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Puerto Rico and specialized in psychodynamic psychotherapy and Lacanian Psychoanalysis at the Interdisciplinary Freudian Group for Research and Clinical Intervention Institute. Dr. Irizarry-Martínez has considerable pedagogical training and teaching experiences with graduate, undergraduate, high-school, and middle-school level students.

Dr. Irizarry-Martínez worked on multiple research studies including a four-year stint on a NIMH grant-funded clinical research trial studying Latinx couples at risk of HIV, which resulted in her co-authorship of three peer-reviewed published articles. Furthermore, she has extensive clinical and diagnostic experiences in psychiatric hospitals, university health centers, and correctional settings. Dr. Irizarry-Martínez has established expertise in culturally responsive practices in psychotherapy with Latinx clients, acculturative stress in Latinx communities, feminist psychology, and trauma-informed clinical practice.

In WJC's Clinical Psychology Department, Dr. Irizarry-Martínez will teach Consultation, Program Development and Evaluation as well as Psychodynamic Theory.

Degree Major/Emphasis Institution
PhD Clinical Psychology University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus


  • Consultation (CN900)
  • Program Development and Evaluation (PD850)
  • Contemporary psychodynamic Theory and Practice (PT701)

Research and Practice Interests

  • Culturally-responsive practices in psychotherapy with Latinx clients
  • Acculturative Stress in Latinx communities
  • Feminist Psychology
  • Trauma-informed clinical practices


  • 2013, Summer Program. Dean of Graduate Studies. UPR
  • 2012, Presidential Distinction. Puerto Rico Psychological Association
  • 2008, Gilman International Scholarship
  • 2005, Honor’s Scholarship. University of Puerto Rico. Rio Piedras Campus

Publications and Presentations

  • Perez-Jimenez, D., Noboa-Ortega, P., Diaz-Melendez, L. Irizarry- Martínez, N., Adorno (2018). More Effective Recruitment Strategies with Young Puerto Rican Couples. Revista Puertorriqueña Psicología, 1 (29) 2018-63636-002
  • Irizarry-Martínez, N. (2014). Dukkhā, anicca y annata: Un diálogo entre el Buddhismo y Psicoanálisis. Correo Psiconalítica, 9 (2), 12-14.
  • Zarate, G., Irizarry- Martínez, N., Ruelas, K., and Villavicencio, J. (2008) Las reacciones emocionales de niños quemados y sus familiares así como los efectos de la intervención psicológica y psicoanalítica. Archivos de Ciencia,(14).

Prior Experience

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Chicago Counseling Collective
  • Faculty, Hawken Upper School

Professional Affiliations

  • 2022-Present, American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA)
  • 2022-Present, American Psychological Association, Div. 35, Feminist Psychology 2022-Present   Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy

Community Involvement

  • 2019-Present, Member of the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH. Participate in cultural, intellectual, and artistic activities.
  • 2011-2016, Volunteer at Hogar del Buen Pastor, Puerta de Tierra. Collaborated in the social networking and publicity of ‘La Tiendita de Joy’ located at San Patricio Plaza, Guaynabo. Developed graphic designs for social media.
  • 2008-2010, Member of the Sierra Club, Puerto Rico Chapter. Collaborated in the logistics of ecological activities.