Mari Carmen Bennasar, PsyD is an Associate Professor at William James College Counseling and Behavioral Department and the director of the Lucero Latino Mental Health Program. Dr. Bennasar was the Associate Director of the Center for Multicultural Training in Psychology (CMTP) at Boston University Medical School, from 1997 until 2011.
Dr. Bennasar has been an active member of the American Counseling Association (ACA) and the American Psychological Association (APA) for many years. She was a member of Division 45/ diversity issues and Division 35/ women’s issues, and a working member of CRSPPP (Committee for the Review of Specialties and Proficiencies in Professional Psychology).
Dr. Bennasar is a licensed clinical psychologist with psychodynamic background and specialty training and experience in Behavioral Medicine. Born and raised in the Dominican Republic to Spaniard immigrants, she moved to the United States in 1986. She was granted a PsyD degree by Nova Southeastern University in 1993. Dr. Bennasar completed her pre-doctoral internship at Boston University Medical School with a focus on multicultural issues and her post-doctoral training at Harvard University Medical School with a focus on Behavioral Medicine. Dr. Bennasar interests include a variety of populations and settings such as working with children and adults with issues of complex trauma, anxiety disorders, and substance abuse; psychological testing; disaster mental health; and student training, supervision, and mentoring.