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Monica Rivera-Mindt

Dr. Monica Rivera Mindt

Professor of Psychology
Curriculum Vitae


Rose Hill Campus: Dealy Hall, Room 340
Lincoln Center Campus: Leon Lowenstein, Room 609C
Phone: 718-817-3782


  • Dr. Rivera Mindt is a board-certified neuropsychologist, and a tenured Professor of Psychology & Director of the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program at Fordham University, with a joint appointment in Neurology at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in NYC.  She completed her Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska, her internship at the University of Washington School of Medicine, and her postdoctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology at the University of California, San Diego.
  • Her research program is funded by NIH & the Alzheimer’s Association, and is dedicated to understanding the intersection between health disparities, culture, & cognition, particularly among underrepresented minorities.
  • She has numerous publications; has served as a grant reviewer for NIMH and the Alzheimer’s Association; is President-Elect of the Hispanic Neuropsychological Society; and now serves as the inaugural Editor for the Culture & Gender in Neuropsychology Department of The Clinical Neuropsychologist journal. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the National Academy of Neuropsychology (NAN).
  • In her spare time, she enjoys surfing and traveling all over Latin America with her family.



  • 1992 BA in Psychology, California Polytechnic University, Pomona
  • 1994 MA in Clinical Psychology, Pepperdine University
  • 2000 PhD in Clinical Psychology, University of Nebraska
  • 2002 Neuropsychology Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, San Diego School of Medicine

Research Interests

Overview of Research Program
The overarching aim of my work is to reduce health disparities among disenfranchised and underserved populations by utilizing my research to inform culturally-tailored interventions and ultimately improve health outcomes among these populations. To this end, my research is dedicated to investigating the effects of HIV, aging, substance use, and substance use treatment on the brain, functional outcomes, and health disparities - particularly among U.S. Latina/o and Afro-Caribbean populations.  Moreover, the methodology of much of my work is novel in that it incorporates a community-based participatory research (CBPR) framework, and I have developed meaningful partnerships with community-based organizations in Harlem through the course of my years working and living in this underserved neighborhood.  Subsequently, I believe that I have emerged as a unique voice in neuropsychology due to my research and scholarship on cultural issues and health disparities.

Current Projects
My research is funded by NIH & the Alzheimer’s Association.  My work incorporates both assessment- and intervention-oriented studies, with rigorous cross-sectional and longitudinal designs. I conduct my research at two different academic medical centers in NYC.

Ichan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS). I am part of multidisciplinary research team at Mount Sinai, and have closely collaborated with my colleagues across disciplines to investigate the neurocognitive and functional impacts of HIV, aging, substance use, and health disparities within an ethnically diverse and disfranchised population of persons living with HIV/AIDS. This population also has high rates of medical and psychiatric comorbidities. All of my work at Mount Sinai has focused on assessment and is observational in nature. Currently, I am launching a new study aimed at examining genetic, neuroimaging, and neurocognitive factors in aging HIV+ adults.

Montefiore Medical Center (MMC)/Albert Einstein College of Medicine (AECOM). My work at MMC/AECOM has been completely interventional in nature. My work with my MMC/AECOM colleagues (including Dr. Julia Arnsten) has resulted in three NIH-funded projects. For the first two projects, I have served as Subcontract PI (P20DA026149) and PI (R01DA032552; respectively).  For our third and current NIH-funded project, we are conducting a longitudinal randomized clinical trial investigating the neurocognitive effects of opioid agonist treatment (OAT) among ethnically diverse HIV+ and HIV- opioid users (R01DA032552). In these studies, we are particularly interested in a relatively new, but underutilized, medication to treat opioid addiction (buprenorphine).


Dr. Rivera Mindt is the recipient of several awards for her research, teaching, and service to the field and community, including: SMART University’s Lifetime Achievement Award (CBO for HIV+ women); Society for Clinical Neuropsychology – American Psychological Association’s (APA) Division 40’s Early Career Award; National Academy of Neuropsychology’s (NAN) Early Career Service Award; Pepperdine University’s Distinguished Alumna Award for Psychology; and Fordham’s Teacher of the Year Award. She is also a Fellow of APA and NAN.

Recent Publications

Thames, A., Arentoft, A., Rivera Mindt, M., & Hinkin, C. (In Press). Functional disability in medication management and driving among individuals with HIV: A 1-year follow-up study. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology.

Arentoft, A., Byrd, D., Robbins, R.N., Monzones, J., Miranda, C., Rosario, A., Crotty, K., Fuentes, A., Germano, K.K., D’Aquila, E., Sheynin, J., Morgello, S., Rivera Mindt, M. (2012). A multidimensional examination of the role of acculturation in neuropsychological functioning among HIV+ Latina/o Adults. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 34, 814-825.

Robbins, R.N., D’Aquila, E., Morgello, S., Byrd, D., Remien, R.H., Rivera Mindt, M. (2012). Cultural influences on antiretroviral therapy adherence among HIV-infected Puerto Ricans. Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, 23, 531-538. Rivera Mindt, PhD, ABPP-CN

Gooding, A.L., Saperstein, A., Rivera Mindt, M., & Medalia, A. (2012). Predictors of treatment utilization at cognitive remediation groups for schizophrenia: The roles of neurocognitive, psychological, and clinical variables. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 22, 516-531.

Brand, J.G., Barr, W.B., Rivera Mindt, M., Schaffer, S.G., Alper,K.R., & Devinsky, O. (2012). Emotion processing bias and age of onset in epilepsy patients with depressive symptoms. Epilepsy & Behavior,25, 552-557.

Fellows, R.P., Byrd, D.A., Elliott, K., Robinson-Papp, J., Rivera Mindt, M. & Morgello, S. for the Manhattan HIV Brain Bank (2012). Distal sensory polyneuropathy is associated with neuropsychological test performance among persons with HIV. Journal of the International Society, 18, 898-907.

Blackstone, K., Moore, D. J., Heaton, R. K., Franklin, D. R., Woods, S.P., Clifford, D. B., Collier, A. C., Marra, C. M., Gelman, B. B., McArthur, J. C., Morgello, J. C., Simpson, D. M., Rivera Mindt, M., Deutsch, R., Ellis, R. J., Hampton Atkinson, J., & Grant, I. for the CHARTER Group (2012). Diagnosing symptomatic HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders: Self-report versus performance-based assessment of everyday functioning. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 18(1), 79-88.

Heaton, R.K., Franklin D.R., Ellis, R.J., McCutchan, J.A., Letendre, S.L., LeBlanc, S., Corkran, S.H., Duarte, N., Clifford, D.B., Woods, S.P., Collier, A., Marra, C., Morgello, S., Rivera Mindt , M., et al. for the CHARTER and HNRC Groups (2011). HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders before and during the era of combination antiretroviral therapy: Differences in rates, nature, and predictors. Journal of Neurovirology,17, 3–16. PMCID: PMC3032197

Heaton, R.K., Clifford, D.B., Franklin D.R., Woods, S.P., Ake, C., Vaida, F., Ellis, R.J., Letendre, S., Marcotte, T.D., Atkinson, J.H., Rivera-Mindt, M., Vigil, O., Taylor, M.J., Collier, A., Marra, C., Gelman, B., McArthur, J.C., Morgello, S., Simpson, D.M.,, McCutchan, J.A., Abramson, I., Gamst, A., Fennema-Notestine, C., Jernigan, T.L., Wong, J.K., & Grant, I. (2010). HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders persist in the era of potent antiretroviral therapy. Neurology, 75(23), 2087-2096. PMCID: PMC2995535

Rivera Mindt, M., Byrd, D., Saez, P., & Manly, J.J. (2010). Increasing Culturally Competent Neuropsychological Services for Ethnic Minority Populations: A call to action. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 24 (3), 429-453. PMCID: PMC2909768; PMID: 20373222

Recent Studies and Press

-Print Interview-
2012 Latina Style, Latinas at the Forefront of Medical Research, Vol. 18 (No. 5).

2010 Fordham Notes, Bronx, NY, Fordham Science: Adapting Research Methods in HIV Study, October 1, 2010:

2009    Albert Einstein College of Medicine News, NIH Funds Einstein Center to Target HIV-Related Brain Disease, June 11, 2009:

-Radio Interview-
2008 WFUV, Bronx, NY, AIDS and the Brain, December 27, 2008:

2008 Inside Fordham, Bronx, NY, Scholar Studies the Effects of HIV on Latino Brain, October 14, 2008: Inside Fordham