David Rivera

Dr. Rivera was a panelist for the Forum’s discussions on Mental Health and Wellness for Students of Color.

Dr. David P. Rivera is an associate professor of counselor education at Queens College-City University of New York.   He received his doctorate in counseling psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University.  He also holds degrees in psychology and counseling from Johns Hopkins University and the University of Wyoming.  A counseling psychologist by training, his professional experience includes college counseling and higher education administration.  His practical work also includes consultations and trainings on diversity, equity, and inclusion issues. Dr. Rivera has worked at a variety of institutions, including the University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown University, the New School University, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, and the Addiction Institute of New York. His research focuses on cultural competency development and issues impacting the marginalization and wellbeing of people of color and oppressed sexual orientation and gender identity groups, with a focus on microaggressions.  He has published journal articles and book chapters in various areas of multicultural psychology, and his co-edited book, Microaggression Theory: Influence and Implications, was released 2019.  Dr. Rivera is adviser to The Steve Fund, director of the City University of New York’s LGBTQI Student Leadership Program, faculty with the Council for Opportunity in Education, board member of CLAGS: Center for LGBTQ Studies, board member of the Society for the Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, and  lead coordinator of the 2019 National Multicultural Conference and Summit.. He has received multiple recognitions for his work from the American Psychological Association, the American College Counseling Association, and the American College Personnel Association.