DEI Council Members
Dr. Keith Cruise (Co-chair) - CPDP
Keith Cruise is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and Adjunct Professor of Law at Fordham University. Dr. Cruise conducts research on the clinical-forensic assessment of youth within the juvenile justice system. Various research projects have focused on developing and validating specialized risk assessment protocols, investigating the utility of mental health screening instruments with justice-involved youth, and understanding the connection between trauma exposure, trauma reactions, and delinquent behavior. Dr. Cruise also conducts forensic evaluations of justice-involved youth including post-disposition assessments of risk and treatment amenability, providing expert testimony to juvenile courts, and providing technical assistance and consultation to local and state juvenile justice systems. Dr. Cruise is a Co-Principal Investigator on a grant from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention investigating the impact of trauma screening on service delivery and legal outcomes for justice-involved youth, and is a Co-Director of the Center for Trauma Recovery and Juvenile Justice (CTRJJ), a technical assistance center that is part of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN).
Dr. Monica Rivera Mindt, a board-certified neuropsychologist, is Past-President of the Hispanic Neuropsychological Society and a tenured Professor of Psychology, Latinx Studies, and African & African American Studies at Fordham University with a joint appointment in Neurology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Her multidisciplinary, community-based research is funded by the NIH/National Institute of Aging (NIA), the Alzheimer’s Association, NSF, and Genentech. Her work primarily focuses on the intersection between cultural neuroscience and health disparities in cognitive aging. Her current studies are examining genetic, cerebrovascular, and sociocultural risk factors for cognitive impairment and dementia in Latinx, Black, and Indigenous adults, as well as ways to increase diverse representation in cognitive aging and AD research. In addition, she is Co-Lead of the NIA-funded Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative’s (ADNI) Diversity Task Force. She has authored 90+ peer-reviewed publications and book chapters dedicated to three lines of inquiry, including: 1) the effects of biopsychosociocultural factors on cognitive aging; 2) how sociocultural factors impact the expression of neurologic disease, cognition, and health behaviors; and 3) the identification of resilience and modifiable factors to promote brain health in vulnerable and underserved populations.
At the national level, Dr. Rivera Mindt serves as Chair of NIH/NIA’s AGCD-4 Study Section, and is a member of the CDC’s BOLD Public Health Center of Excellence on Dementia Risk Reduction Expert Panel and the CDC/National Alzheimer’s Project Act’s (NAPA) Physical Activity, Tobacco Use, and Alcohol Workgroup. Locally, she serves as a Board Member for the Alzheimer’s Association’s NYC Chapter and a Treasurer for the Harlem Community & Academic Partnership (HCAP). As a bilingual (Spanish/English), Afro-Latinx/Indigenous neuroscientist, she brings a unique perspective to her work and is the recipient of several awards for her research, teaching, and contributions to the field, including the 2019 Hispanic Health Leadership Award from the National Hispanic Medical Association. She is also a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 40, Society for Clinical Neuropsychology), the National Academy of Neuropsychology, and Hispanic Neuropsychological Society. In her spare time, she enjoys surfing all over Latin America and the U.S. with her husband and two sons.
Dr. Heining Cham - PQP
Dr. Selin Gülgöz - ADP
Dr. Elizabeth Raposa - CPDP
My research focuses on the negative impact of early life stress on youth socio-emotional development, as well as protective factors that can mitigate the risk associated with early stress.
In one line of work, I examine the biological and interpersonal mechanisms that explain the mental health consequences of early stress exposure in marginalized communities of youth. Although some of this research examines the impact of a particular stressor, like maternal depression or poverty, most of my projects examine cumulative early life stress, given the frequent co-occurrence of stressors for at-risk youth.
In another line of work, I explore the ways in which supportive relationships can offset the risk associated with early adversities. I explore how close relationships with parents, mentors, and peers, or even fleeting positive interactions with strangers, can mitigate the negative effects of stress on youth. These projects are designed to illuminate the ways that prevention and intervention efforts can harness social behavior and close relationships in order to promote positive psychosocial development. Much of my recent work in this area has explored whether and how youth mentoring programs improve psychosocial and academic outcomes for youth growing up in risky environments, and how adjustments to mentoring programs could help to serve these youth more effectively. My ultimate goal is to leverage this body of research to reduce health disparities in traditionally underserved populations of youth.
Dr. H. Shellae Versey - ADP
Olivia Bradley-Willemann - IT Liaison
Dr. Armando Fuentes - CPDP
Nia Johnson - Undergraduate
Dr. Trina Reuben - PQP
Maral Aghvinian - CPDP - Twitter
Maral Aghvinian is a neuropsychology doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology doctoral program at Fordham University in New York City. Her research focuses on the role of sociocultural, linguistic, and cross-cultural issues that uniquely impact brain health outcomes in populations living with chronic conditions (e.g., HIV). Additionally, she is passionate about increasing health literacy, science communication, and neuropsychological research and practice among culturally and linguistically diverse populations.
Sheniqua Jeffrey - ADP
Mariadolores (Loli) Alvarez - FCLC
Afrin Yasmin - FCRH
Afrin Yasmin is an undergraduate student at Fordham University at Rose Hill, studying psychology and computer science, graduating May of 2022. Her research is centered around public health, focusing on identifying boundaries in receiving standard methods of care in disadvantaged communities. She plans on pursuing a Doctorate degree in clinical psychology, aimed at focusing on providing therapy for individuals from marginalized population who lack the access to care.