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Enmanuel Mercedes, PhD, President

Dr. Enmanuel Mercedes is a psychologist at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center- NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation. He is a graduate of Seton Hall University’s Counseling Psychology program. He completed his predoctoral internship training at the Department of Veterans Affairs-NY Harbor Healthcare System, Brooklyn Campus. Dr. Mercedes has been an active member of LPANJ since 2005 and has served as Treasurer and Member-at-Large in the past. He is a native of the Dominican Republic and immigrated with his family to Newark, NJ in 1990.

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Silvia Mazzula, PhD, Past President

Dr. Silvia L. Mazzula is assistant professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in the Department of Psychology. She received her PhD in Counseling Psychology from Columbia University (BS and MA, The College of New Jersey; MPhil, Columbia University) and completed her formal clinical training at the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey-UBHC Newark Campus. Dr. Mazzula’s research interests focus on multicultural competencies in research and practice and mental health/health disparities among Latino/a-Americans. She has worked in a variety of clinical settings, predominantly servicing underserved and underrepresented populations. Dr. Mazzula is a native of Uruguay, residing in Morris County . She has been a Member of LPANJ since 2009 and served as Member at Large and editor of the LPANJ Bulletin.

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Aileen Torres, PhD, President-Elect

Dr. Aileen Torres is currently the Associate Director of Clinical Services at Youth Consultation Services (YCS). Dr. Torres represents LPANJ on New Jersey’s, Department of Children and Families, Advisory Group on Child Abuse and Neglect Mental Health Evaluation. Dr. Torres, a licensed clinical psychologist in NJ and Puerto Rico, is also in private practice in Montclair where she specializes in psychological assessments, mainly for immigration purposes. Her clinical and research interests include multicultural competency, bilingual assessment, sexual abuse, trauma and other clinical issues specific to Latino families in the United States.

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Sueli Petry, PhD, Treasurer

Dr. Sueli Petry is a psychologist and family therapist. She is a clinician and supervisor in the clinical psychology internship program at Rutgers University in Newark and faculty of the Multicultural Family Institute in Highland Park. In her clinical practice, she works with children, adolescents and families in Newark and Highland Park. Many of her clients are Latino immigrants. She has published on Brazilian families, bereavement issues for Latinos, and genograms. She is a co-author, with Monica McGoldrick of Genograms: Assessment and Interventions (3rd Edition, 2008).

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Ingrid Diaz, LCSW, Secretary

Ingrid Diaz has vast clinical experience in working with the severe and persistent mentally ill population, particularly with Latinos in community mental heath centers. She obtained her bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Social Work from Rutgers University. Ms. Diaz obtained her second Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Fielding University, and is currently pursing a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the same institution.

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Jessica Fernandez, MA, Member-at-Large

Jessica Fernandez is a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology at Pace University. She is currently in her pre-doctoral internship year at Rutgers University. Jessica received a master’s degree in psychological services in 2009 from Kean University and a master’s degree in bilingual school psychology in 2013 from Pace University. Her dissertation and research interests include ethnic identity, culture and the roles they play in the field of psychology. She was a presenter at the National Latina/o Psychological Association’s Biennial Conference in 2012.

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Roy Aranda, PhD JD Member-at-Large

Dr. Roy Aranda obtained a Doctor of Psychology degree from the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Rutgers University, in 1982. To enhance his career in forensic psychology he obtained a 2-year post-doctoral degree in neuropsychology in 2001 and a law degree in 2007. He has been a licensed psychologist in the State of New York since 1983. Dr. Aranda is President of Long Island Psychological Consulting, P.C. with several offices in Queens and Long Island where he runs an active private practice.

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