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Etiony Aldarondo, Ph.D.

A native of Puerto Rico, Etiony Aldarondo is the Provost at Albizu University, Miami Campus since July 1 2015. He completed a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a postdoctoral research fellowship in the Family Violence Research Program at the University of New Hampshire. His academic trajectory includes appointments at Harvard Medical School, The Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic, Boston College, and the University of Miami where he was Associate Dean for Research and Founding Director of the Community and Educational Well-Being Research Center for almost a decade. The recipient of various recognitions for educational excellence and community involvement, including the 2011 Social Justice Award from the American Psychological Association and the 2011 Elizabeth Beckman Award, Dr. Aldarondo’s scholarship focuses on positive development of ethnic minority and immigrant youth, domestic violence, and social justice-oriented clinical practices.  His publications include the books Advancing Social Justice through Clinical Practice (Routledge), Programs for men who batter: Intervention and prevention strategies in a diverse society (Civic Research Institute with Fernando Mederos, Ed.D.), and Neurosciences, Health and Community Well-Being (San Luís, Nueva Editorial Universitaria with Dr. Enrique Saforcada and Mauro Muñoz). Dr. Aldarondo has a long history of involvement with grass root advocacy organizations and federal government agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the National Institute of Justice. He is past executive director of The Council on Contemporary Families and serves on the advisory committee for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Preventing Partner Violence in Immigrant Communities: Strengthening What Works program and on the scientific advisory boards for Casa de Esperanza, The Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention and Treatment, The National Council for Juvenile and Family Court Judges, and The National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health. 


Walter DeKeseredy, Ph.D.

Walter S. DeKeseredy is Anna Deane Carlson Endowed Chair of Social Sciences, Director of the Research Center on Violence, and Professor of Sociology at West Virginia University. He has published 24 books, 96 scientific journal articles and 80 scholarly book chapters on violence against women and other social problems. In 2008, the Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma gave him the Linda Saltzman Memorial Intimate Partner Violence Researcher Award. He also jointly received the 2004 Distinguished Scholar Award from the American Society of Criminology's (ASC) Division on Women and Crime and the 2007 inaugural UOIT Research Excellence Award. In 1995, he received the Critical Criminologist of the Year Award from the ASC’s Division on Critical Criminology (DCC) and in 2008 the DCC gave him the Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2014, he received the Critical Criminal Justice Scholar Award from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences' (ACJS) Section on Critical Criminal Justice and in 2015, he received the Career Achievement Award from the ASC's Division on Victimology. In 2017, he received the Impact Award from the ACJS’s section on Victimology and the Robert Jerrin Book Award from the ASC’s Division on Victimology.


Rosa Gonzalez GuardaRosa M. Gonzalez-Guarda, PhD

Rosa M. Gonzalez-Guarda, PhD, MPH, RN, CPH, is an assistant professor at the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies. Dr. Gonzalez-Guard received a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) from Georgetown University, a master of science in nursing (MSN) and public health (MPH) from Johns Hopkins University, and an interdisciplinary PhD from the University of Miami. She has worked on community-based prevention programs and research targeting Hispanics and other health disparity populations in the areas of intimate partner violence, HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and co-occuring health conditions. Her research has developed a conceptual understanding of how intersecting health conditions (i.e., syndemics) contribute to health disparities and to the development of culturally tailored interventions that have an impact on multiple health outcomes. She is currently funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars Program to develop and pilot test a culturally tailored teen dating violence prevention program for Hispanic youth. She is also working on an Office of Violence Against Women Demonstration Initiative aimed at preventing domestic violence homicides and a study funded by the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities that aims to identify disparities in HIV/STI acquisition and testing among victims of intimate partner violence.

Dr. Gonzalez-Guarda has also led efforts in diversifying the nursing workforce and building competency among nurses to address health disparities. She served on the Institute of Medicine Committee that produced the landmark Future of Nursing report (IOM, 2010), the best-selling report in the history of the IOM, and was appointed by the Secretary of Health and Human Services in 2012 to the National Advisory Council of Nursing Education and Practice (NACNEP). She is also the Co-Director of the Research and Training Core of the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies Center of Excellence for Health Disparities Research: El Centro. Through this role she designs and oversees activities aimed at building and nurturing the next generation of health disparities researchers.

Lisa Goodman, Ph.D.

Lisa A. Goodman is a Professor in the Department of Counseling and Applied Developmental Psychology at Boston College.  She is the author of over 95 articles and chapters on the interaction between victims of intimate partner violence and the practices, systems and policies that aim to help them; the psychosocial effects of intimate partner violence; innovative mental health practices for low-income communities; and bringing social justice to counseling psychology.  She has also consulted extensively with national and community-based organizations that work with survivors, and is the co-founder of the Massachusetts Domestic Violence Program Evaluation and Research Collaborative.  Dr. Goodman has received several national awards for her teaching, mentoring, and research.  Her 2008 book, co-authored with Deborah Epstein and published by the American Psychological Association, is entitled Listening to Battered Women:  A Survivor-Centered Approach to Advocacy, Mental Health, and Justice.


Gabe Kuperminc, Ph.D.

Dr. Kuperminc is Professor of Psychology and Public Health at Georgia State University, where he directs the doctoral program in Community Psychology and serves on the faculty of the Developmental doctoral program.  He received his PhD in 1994 from the University of Virginia, and completed a post doctoral fellowship at Yale University from 1994-1997.  He works in the areas of social ecology and adolescent development.

Dr. Kuperminc engages in two types of research focused on 1) understanding processes of resilience and positive youth development in adolescence and 2) evaluating the effectiveness of community-based prevention and health promotion programs. These types of research often intersect. Dr. Kuperminc is best known for his work on resilience and positive youth development, as well as evaluating community-based prevention and health promotion programs. He is interested in understanding how cultural factors play a role in developmental processes and health behavior, particularly in youth from immigrant families. He has received funding from SAMHSA, the CDC, the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Department of Education, and numerous other agencies. He has served as an advisor to several national organizations, including the National Mentoring Resource Center, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, the Canadian Women’s Foundation, and the Georgia Governor’s Office on Children and Families. Dr. Kuperminc is Associate Editor of the Journal of Adolescent Research and Action Editor for the Journal of Community Psychology. He has faculty affiliations with the Georgia State University Center for Latin American and Latino Studies and the Center for Human Rights and Democracy, and has directed a study abroad program, Human Rights in Argentina: From Dictatorship to Democracy, since 2009. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Society for Community Research and Action, and the Society for Applied Anthropology.

Ruben Parra Cardona, Ph.D.

Dr. Parra-Cardona is an Associate Professor in the program of couple and family therapy at Michigan State University (MSU). He is also Associate Director of the MSU Research Consortium on Gender-Based Violence. His current research is focused on the prevention of child abuse and neglect through the cultural adaptation of evidence-based parenting interventions for Latino populations. He also conducts research on the cultural relevance of services for Latina survivors as well as Latino men who batter and abuse. He is currently the principal investigator of a parenting study funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).

Dr. Parra-Cardona’s clinical experience has included the provision of services to Latino street children engaged in drug trafficking and prostitution, child and adult victims of sexual abuse and violence, federal adult probationers convicted for drug trafficking, Latino parents, Latino youth involved in the justice system, and adult Latino abusers. 

Dr. Parra-Cardona is a member of the board of directors of a leading family therapy institute in Mexico and Latin America (Centro de Investigación Familiar A.C; CIFAC) and adjunct clinical faculty and researcher in a leading family therapy institute in northern Mexico (Instituto Regional de Estudios de la Familia, IREFAM). He supports the state of Chihuahua and Nuevo Leon in the implementation of parenting prevention programs as well as services for intimate partner violence (IPV).

Michael Rodriguez, Ph.D.

Dr. Rodriguez is currently an Associate Professor of Quantitative Methods in Education in the College of Education & Human Development at the University of Minnesota (since 1999). He received his PhD in Educational Measurement & Quantitative Methods from Michigan State University in 1999. He holds the endowed Campbell Leadership Chair in Education and Human Development with a focus on the achievement gap and is a member of the University’s Academy of Distinguished Teachers.  He is an active member of the National Council on Measurement in Education, the American Educational Research Association, and the editorial board of Applied Measurement in Education.  He currently serves on a number of technical advisory committees including with the US Department of Defense, the National Assessment of Educational Progress, and the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards.

Dr. Rodriguez is the recipient of the 2005 Albert J. Harris Award of the International Reading Association for the article: Reading growth in high-poverty classrooms: The influence of teacher practices that encourage cognitive engagement in literacy learning. He focuses his research on reliability theory, item writing and test design, classroom assessment, and youth development. He is the senior research coordinator for psychometrics for the first international Teacher Education and Development Study in Mathematics (TEDS-M), and serves as a psychometric consultant to the Ministry of Education in Guatemala. His recent book written with colleague Thomas Haladyna was recently published by Routledge: Developing and Validating Test Items (2013).

Cris Sullivan, Ph.D.

Dr. Cris M. Sullivan is Professor of Ecological/Community Psychology and Director of the Research Consortium on Gender-based Violence at Michigan State University (MSU). In addition to her MSU appointments, Cris is the chairperson of the Michigan Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention and Treatment Board, and Senior Research Advisor to the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence. Cris has been an advocate and researcher in the movement to end gender-based violence since 1982.  Her areas of expertise include developing and evaluating community interventions for domestic violence survivors and their children, and evaluating victim services.