Faculty Profiles

Jairo N. Fuertes

Psychology, Gordon F. Derner School of Psychology

Hy Weinberg Center 319

General Information



Postgraduate Certificate Program, Training to Teach in Medicine, Harvard Medical School

PhD Counseling Psychology, University of Maryland

Internship in Clinical Psychology, Manhattan VA Medical Center

Master of Arts in Counseling and Personnel Services, University of Maryland

Diploma, Specialty Board Certification in Clinical Psychology, American Board of Professional Psychology,

Diploma, Specialty Board Certification in Counseling Psychology, American Board of Professional Psychology,

Licenses and Certifications

Licenses and Certifications

Licensed Psychologist, New York State

Licensed Mental Health Counselor, New York State

Board certification in Clinical Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology

Board certification in Counseling Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology

Professional Experience

Professional Experience

As a doctoral student in Counseling Psychology at the University of Maryland, I taught "Introduction to Psychology" to undergraduates as part of a teaching fellowship. After graduating with my PhD, I taught graduate level psychology courses at the University of Akron and New York University.  I then spent 12 years at Fordham University, where I earned tenure and promotion to the rank of Professor in Counseling Psychology. I also earned a "Magis Professor" endowment for my academic output, and then served as Director of Training and lead the re-accreditation of the APA-approved program in Counseling Psychology. I transferred to the Derner School of Psychology at Adelphi in 2011 where again I earned tenure and promotion to Professor, this time in Clinical Psychoilogy. I am also currently a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine in the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell.

Besides my 20+ years of experience as a professor, I have also served on the editorial boards of several first tier journals in my field, including Psychotherapy, Psychotherapy Research, and Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology. I currently serve as Senior Associate Editor of Behavioral Medicine.  I have held appointed and elected offices within Divison 29 of the American Psychological Association, Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy, including Chair of the Education and Training Committee and Diversity Domain Representative.  For several years I served on the Board of Examiners for the American Board of Counseling Psychology (ABPP), including two years as Chair of the Examination. 

My clinical work includes 20 years of continuous work as a Staff Psychologist and Clinical Supervisor at the Counseling Center at Baruch College, The City University of New York.  Over this span of time I have provided year-long individual supervision to over 60 different psychotherapy externs, interns, fellows, and treated hundreds of students.  I also maintain a small private practice in Garden City NY.  



Personal Statement

Personal Statement

My interests in teaching, research, and clinical practice derive from the generous care and guidance that I have been privileged to receive from many wonderful professionals. I have also benefitted from the legacy of mentoring, teaching, and research that preceded my own teachers. To honor them, I have compiled my academic genealogy, which is listed below. My academic forefathers can be traced back to Otto Mencke, who received his PhD at Leipzig University in 1666!. For uncle Otto and those that followed, most recently and importantly my dear mentor Charlie Gelso, I am deep grateful. Iam also grateful for the teachings and guidance of several professors at the University of Maryland, that powerhouse of training in counseling psychology, including Clara E. Hill, Susan Komives, Marylu McEwen, and Evelyn Torton Beck. I also want to acknowledge the significant influence that Franklin D. Westbrook had on my early development as a professional; he was my thesis advisor and a wonderful mentor who sensitized me to issues of race, power, and the spectrum of difference. Finally, I would be remiss as a psychologist to not acknowledge the valuable influence that my immigrant Colombian parents had on my professional development. My dad, Pedro Pablo, would have loved for me to pursue accounting as a profession, but quickly became very supportive of my interest in psychology and encouraged me to be the best. My mom, Esther Julia, who lost her family at an early age in Colombia and was raised by Catholic nuns, has had a great influence in my disposition to help others and in my pursuit of psychology as a profession.  

Academic Geneology

Charles J. Gelso, PhD, Ohio State University, 1970. He was my academic mentor at Maryland and is now a research collaborator. He has published extensively in the areas of the client-therapist relationship in psychotherapy, including the real relationship. He has also written about the research training environment in graduate education and about psychoanalytic psychotherapy in general. His dissertation was directed by Francis Robinson and was entitled "The effect of different methods of recording counseling interviews on various dimensions of client behavior and client-mediated counselor behavior"

Francis P. Robinson, PhD, University of Iowa, 1932. He conducted research on eye movements and reading perception, and later developed the SQ3R method of study. He was an early influence in the development of counseling psychology as a profession, and along with Carl Rogers at Ohio State pioneered the use of audio tape recordings to examine in-session events in counseling. His dissertation was directed by Carl Seashore and was entitled "The role of eye movements in reading with an evaluation of techniques for their improvement"

Carl E. Seashore, PhD, Yale, 1895. He developed training programs and conducted research at the University of Iowa in the areas of the psychology of speech and hearing, child psychology, clinical psychology, psychological testing, and the psychology of music. Seashore's dissertation was directed by Edward Scripture and dealt primarily with illusions of weight; Seashore's was the first PhD in Psychology ever awarded to a student at Yale. Scripture, E. W., & Seashore, C. E. (1893). On the measurement of hallucinations. Science, 22, 353.

Edward W. Scripture, PhD, University of Leipzig, 1891; MD, University of Munich, 1906. Psychologist, physician and speech scientist, he wrote several books and articles on different aspects of speech science (experimental phonetics) and pathology (stuttering and voice). He also worked as a speech clinician in different clinics in the US and Europe. His dissertation advisor was Wilhelm Wundt. Scripture's project was on the association of ideas. Scripture, E. W. (1895). Thinking, feeling, doing. Meadville, PA: Chautauqua Press.

Wilhelm Wundt, MD, University of Heidelberg, 1855. Primary Mentor: Hermann Ludwig Ferdinand von Helmholtz. MD Research topic: General anatomy. Physician, psychologist, physiologist. He is widely regarded as the father of experimental psychology, having founded one of the first formal laboratories for psychological research at the University of Leipzig. There he published more than 450 works, supervised 186 dissertations: 70 on philosophical topics, and 116 on psychological problems.

Hermann Ludwig Ferdinand von Helmholtz MD, Friedrich Wilhelm Medical Institute (in Berlin) 1843. MD Research topic: The connection between nerve fibers and nerve cells. Primary Mentor: Johannes Peter Müller. Publication Topics: Perception, Physiology, Optics, Electrodynamics, Mathematics, Acoustics, Meteorology, Hydrodynamics, and most other areas of science

Johannes Peter Müller MD, University of Bonn 1822. MD Research topic: The movements of animals. Primary Mentor: Karl Asmund Rudolphi. Publication Topics: Vision and optics, Physiology, Comparative anatomy, Biochemistry, Developmental embryology, Voice and speech, Hearing, Hallucinations, Endocrinology, Ichthyology

Karl Asmund Rudolphi MD, Greifswald University, 1795. MD Research topic: Parasitic worms. Primary mentor: Christian Ehrenfried von Weigel. Publication Topics: Botany, Physiology, Parasitology, Zoology, Helminthology, Anatomy of nerves, Plant growth, Naturalism

Christian Ehrenfried von Weigel MD, University of Göttingen, 1771. MD Research topic: Methods of condensation. Primary Mentor; Johann Christian Polycarp Erxleben. Publication Topics: Chemistry, Medicine, Botany, Mineralogy

Johann Christian Polycarp Erxleben PhD, George-August University of Göttingen, 1767. PhD Research Topic: Zoology. PhD Advisor: Abraham Gotthelf Kästner. Publication Topics: Naturalism, Veterinary science, and training

Abraham Gotthelf Kästner PhD, Leipzig University, 1739. PhD Title: Theoria radicum in aequationibus. PhD Advisor: Christian August Hausen. Publication Topics: History of mathematics, Philosophy of mathematics, Applications of mathematics to optics and astronomy

Christian August Hausen PhD, Martin-Luther University in Halle-Wittenberg, 1713. PhD Title: De corpore scissuris figurisque non cruetando ductu. PhD Advisor: Johann Christoph Wichmannshausen. Publication Topics: Electricity

Johann Christoph Wichmannshausen PhD, Leipzig University, 1685. PhD Title: Disputationem moralem de divortiis secundum jus naturae (Moral disputation on divorce according to the law of nature). PhD Advisor: Otto Mencke. Biographical Notes: Wichmannshausen, in addition to being Otto Mencke's student, was also his son-in-law. Though his thesis was on ethics, he was primarily a philologist and an orientalist. Toward the end of his life he was a Professor at the University of Wittenberg.

Otto Mencke PhD, Leipzig University, 1666. PhD Title: Ex Theologia naturali — De Absoluta Dei Simplicitate, Micropolitiam, id est Rempublicam In Microcosmo Conspicuam. PhD Advisor:Jakob Thomasius. Publication Topics: Philosophy, Law, Theology

Jakob Thomasius (27 August 1622 – 9 September 1684) was a German academic philosopher and jurist. He is now regarded as an important founding figure in the scholarly study of the history of philosophy. His views were eclectic, and were taken up by his son Christian Thomasius. He wrote on a wide range of topics, including Gnosticism, plagiarism and the education of women.He was the teacher of Gottfried Leibniz at the University of Leipzig, where Thomasius was professor of Rhetoric and Moral Philosophy, remaining a friend and correspondent up until the early 1670s, and has been described as Leibniz's mentor. He is perhaps best remembered now as the author of the first published attack on Spinoza's Theological-Political Treatise.

Friedrich Leibniz (or Leibnütz; 1597–1652)[1] was a Lutheran lawyer and a notary, registrar and professor of moral philosophy within Leipzig University, where he also served as Dean of Philosophy. Leibniz was born in Altenberg, Saxony, the son of Ambrosious Leibniz, a civil servant, and a Leipzig noblewoman named Anna Deuerlin. He completed his master's degree at the University of Leipzig during 1622 and became an actuary in administration at the university. He was elected to the chair in moral philosophy at Leipzig in 1640.

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