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Melissa Laracuenta

PsyD

Melissa Laracuenta

Clinical Associate Professor/Coordinator of Field Experiences

School Psychology

mlaracuenta@fordham.edu

Dr. Laracuenta supervises and coordinates training experiences for all students in School Psychology programs. She also consults with the Rosa A. Hagin Consultation and Early Childhood Centers regarding assessments involving psychopathology, mood disorders, language differences, and bilingualism.

In addition, Dr. Laracuenta is a private practice psychologist where she conducts comprehensive monolingual and bilingual (English/Spanish) psychological evaluations for varied purposes including: academic remediation and placement; test accommodations; visa/immigration application; differential diagnoses; executive functioning difficulties (e.g., diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder); and bariatric clearance.

Education

Doctor of Psychology, School-Clinical Child Psychology - Pace University, New York, NY
Master of Science in Education, School Psychology - Pace University, New York, NY
Bachelor of Arts - Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY

Publications and Presentations

Laracuenta, M. DSM-V: Changes in childhood diagnoses. Presented May 2014 at Fordham University, New York, NY

Laracuenta, M. Rorschach: Primer on administration, scoring and interpretation. Presented May 2014 at Fordham University, New York, NY

Laracuenta, M. Career choices in psychology: What are the choices and how do you get there? Presented April 2014 at Mercy College STEM Program Workshop, Bronx, NY

Laracuenta, M. Career planning with a degree in psychology. Presented November 2013 at Mercy College STEM Program Workshop, New York, NY.

Laracuenta, M. Psychological testing and test accommodations for LMSW exam. Presented October 2013 at LMSW Bootcamp Meeting, New York, NY.

Laracuenta, M. Psychological testing and test accommodations for LMSW exam. Presented July 2013 at LMSW Bootcamp Meeting, New York, NY.

Laracuenta, M. (2011). Working with “At-Risk” Adolescents. Presented January 2011 at NYC Department of Education Psychologists in Training Session, New York, NY.

Laracuenta, M. (2009). Stress management for adolescents. Presented March 2009 at Girls Empowerment Conference, Bronx, NY.

Laracuenta, M, & Denmark, F.L. (2005). What can we do about violence? In Ed. Denmark, F.L., Krauss, H.H., Midlarsky, E., Gielen, U., & Wesner, R. Violence in the Schools: Cross-National and Cross-Cultural Perspectives. Springer Publishing: New York.

Laracuenta, M., & Tatti, A. Personality disorders: What they are and how to work with them. Presented April 2005 at Jewish Child Care Association, Bronx, NY.

Laracuenta, M., & Guttman, MA ACT – Adults and Children Together - Against Violence. Presented February 2004 at Volunteers of America, Bronx, NY.

Mowder, BA, Rubinson, F., Guttman, MA,& Laracuenta, M. ACT– Adults and Children Together- Against Violence. Presented October 2003 at the New York Association of Early Childhood and Infant Psychologists’ Fall meeting, New York, NY.

Trotta, J., & Laracuenta, M. Workshop on parenting, adolescence, and recognizing risk behaviors. Presented November 2002 at Parent Teacher Association of Fordham Preparatory School, Bronx, NY.

Research

Working with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Clients

Resilience

Creative arts and nonverbal methods of psychotherapy

Courses

Personality Assessment

Advanced Personality Assessment

Externship

PhD School Psychology Internship