Dr. Michele Rivas

Assistant Professor of Psychology


Dr. Rivas is a NYS Licensed Mental Health Counselor with a Ph.D. in Counseling and Counselor Education from Syracuse University and a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Long Island University. She also has a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Disability Studies from Syracuse University. Dr. Rivas is currently an Assistant Professor of Psychology and Counseling in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Marist College. Dr. Rivas has worked in a variety of settings, including clinical and higher education. Dr. Rivas is committed to professional engagement that strengthens counseling, counselor education, and clinical supervision of counselors. Her scholarly interests include multicultural counseling competencies, disability counseling competencies, counselor development, and disability rhetoric within the counseling discourse. Dr. Rivas has presented at multiple professional counseling conferences at the state, regional, and national levels in topics related to counselor education and development, clinical supervision, and multicultural competencies of counselors in training. Her participation on multiple committees and professional associations has afforded her a broader understanding of how to promote the advancement of the counseling profession through mentorship, service, and advocacy. Dr. Rivas maintains a part-time private practice providing individual counseling and clinical supervision to pre-licensed counselors.


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