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Diversity Advisory Board (DAB)


Elizabeth Cardoso

Professor and MIND Alliance PI

Dr. Cardoso received her master's degree in counseling from Columbia University Teachers College and worked for two years as a vocational rehabilitation counselor in the South Bronx in a residential drug treatment program. She is a liscensed psychologist in the States of New Jersey and New York and a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. She received her Ph.D. in rehabilitation psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She completed a one-year clinical predoctoral psychology internship at Harvard University's, McLean Hospital and a postdoctoral psychology fellowship at Yale University's, Yale Psychiatric Institute. She has served as the President of the New York State Rehabilitation Counseling Assocation in 2002, the executive board of the National Council on Rehabilitation Education and on the American Psychological Association's Committee on Disability Issues in Psychology.

Department of Educational Foundations
Office: HW 1120
Tel: (212) 772-4736

Vanya Quinones-Jenab

Chair of the Department of Psychology and PI of BP-ENDURE

Prof. Quinones-Jenab has a broad background in behavioral neuroscience. Her research uses a multidisciplinary approach, spanning molecular endpoints to behavioral models, in order to understand how sex and gonadal hormones control activity of a neuron and thus behavioral responses to illicit drugs. Furthermore, for more than 10 years, she was the PI of the NIMH COR program (a training program aimed at fostering research training in mental health-related research). She also has graduated over 17 Ph.D. students and served as a mentor to more than 20 undergraduates in her group - most of whom have gone on to graduate programs. For 3 years Prof. Quinones-Jenab was the program head of the Biopsychology and Behavioral Neuroscience Doctoral Program. She currently serves as a member of the Sterring Committee to SCORE at Brooklyn, MBRS-RISE at Hunter, COR at Hunter, SciMON at Hunter, and MIDARP at City College of CUNY. In addition, she is the Chair of the Department of Psychology at Hunter.

Department of Psychology
Office: HN 602
Tel: (212) 772-4640
Email: vaquinon@hunter.cuny.ed


John Rose

Dean for Diversity & Compliance

Dean for Diversity and Compliance
Office of the President
Tel: (212) 772-4242

Sudi Shayesteh


Sudi Shayesteh has an extensive background in learning disabilities with a focus on transitional issues effecting bilingual and bicultural college students. Her first collaborative academic publication, "Identifying Options", was published at New York City College of Technology during 1999; a more comprehensive version of this guideline addressing the career needs of all associate degree students with disabilities within the City University of New York was published during 2003. Sudi has a Masters of Science in Education and is a liscensed Bilingual School Psychologist with NYS license in Mental Health Counseling. Currently she is an active member of the Behavioral Response Team, Children's Learning Center, and Advising and Resources committees at Hunter College. She co-chaired the CUNY Committee on Students with Disabilities Issues (COSDI) during 2008-2011 and served as the Interm Director of Office of Personal Counseling Services at Hunter College during 2007-2009.



Office of AccessABILITY
Office: HE 1214B
Tel: (212) 650-3581

Ariella Soffer

Intake Coordinator

Ariella Soffer received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Fordham University. She received her M.A. from Fordham University and her B.A. from Brandeis University. She has trained at Bronx Children's Psychiatric Center, Karen Horney Clinic, and Fordham University Counseling and Psychological Services. Dr. Soffer currently works at Hunter College in the counseling Service as the  Intake Coordinator. Dr. Soffer's dissertation research was in the area of sport psychology and she has conducted research projects with youth sport teams to assess coaching effectiveness and specific benefits of team sports. Currently, Dr. Soffer is principal investigator on several ongoing projects that are aimed at characterizing the clinical severity of depression and suicidal ideation in a college counseling center population. She has taught several undergraduate courses at Fordham University, including Abnormal Psychology, Psychology of Drugs Use and Abuse, and Research Methods. Dr. Soffer is a member of the American Psychological Association, the New York State Psychological Association and American Association of Sport Psychology.





Counseling and Wellness Services
Office: HE 1126
Tel: (212) 772-4931