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Clinical Psychologist Specializing in Trauma and Addiction Joins Department of Psychology

Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership

Clinical Psychologist Specializing in Trauma and Addiction Joins Department of Psychology



Teresa López-Castro deepens department’s renown in trauma and addiction research.

Teresa López-Castro, a clinical psychologist who specializes in traumatic stress and substance misuse joins the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership this fall as an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology. Together with Sarah O’Neill of Queens College and Adriana Espinoza of the University of California, Berkeley, López-Castro is one of three new faculty members in the department, the school’s largest with 36 faculty and 1,102 students. 

López-Castro received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in addiction psychology at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Center. She served as a supervising clinical psychologist and research scientist with the Trauma and Addiction Project (TAP) at CCNY, a federally funded research center conducting clinical trials on trauma and addiction interventions. López-Castro is also a member of the clinical team at the Center for Optimal Living, an evaluation and treatment center that anchors its treatment in Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy. 

López-Castro focuses her research at the intersection of traumatic stress and substance use, and her work complements that of other department faculty in this subject area. López-Castro has presented nationally and internationally on trauma and addiction and integrative behavioral interventions. Her presentations and publications include:

•    “At The Crossroads: The Intersection of Substance Use Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder,” Current Psychiatry Reports (2014); 

•    “Pathways to Change: Use Trajectories Following Trauma-Informed Treatment of Women with Co-occurring Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Substance Use Disorders,” Drug and Alcohol Review, forthcoming;

•    “How Much Is Too Much? Evaluating the Effects of Additional Comorbidity on PTSD and Alcohol Use Disorder Treatment,” Paper presented at symposium at 2014 American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Washington, D.C. 

This semester López-Castro is teaching  “Trauma and Resilience” in the department’s graduate Mental Health Counseling Program.

About the Colin Powell School

Inaugurated in 2013, the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership comprises the five departments of Anthropology, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology and dynamic interdisciplinary programs including International Relations, International Studies, Latin American and Latino Studies, Mental Health Counseling, Pre-Law, Public Service Management, Women’s Studies, and the Skadden, Arps Honors Program for Legal Studies. The School offers a wide variety of traditional and interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate degrees and houses the Ph.D. program llege’s unflagging anin Clinical Psychology offered by the CUNY Graduate Center. The Colin Powell School’s hallmark values of service and leadership permeate every aspect of its work and animate City Cod historic commitment to access and excellence.

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