Guerda Nicolas, Professor, PhD, 1998, Boston University. Originally from Haiti, Dr. Guerda Nicolas joined the Department of Educational and Psychological Studies at the University of Miami in August 2008 and the past the Chair of the Department. She is a licensed psychologist. She was an Associate professor at Boston College in the Department of Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology prior to joining the EPS faculty. She obtained her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Boston University. She completed her predoctoral training at Columbia University Medical Center and her postdoctoral training the New York State Psychiatric Institute/Columbia University, Department of Child Psychiatry. As a multicultural (Haitian American) and multilingual psychologist (Spanish, French, and Haitian Creole), her research is reflective of her background and interests. Her current research centers on partnering with ethnically diverse and immigrant communities to develop culturally effective mental health interventions to combat depression, address issues of racism and racial discrimination stress, enhance the racial and ethnic identity development of children and adolescents, and promote individual, family, and community well-being. She has published many articles and book chapters and delivered numerous invited presentations at national and international conferences in the areas of women issues, depression and cultural interventions, social support networks of ethnic minorities, and spirituality. Her recent books include, Social Networks and the Mental Health of Haitian Immigrants and Contemporary Parenting: A Global Perspective.
Dr. Nicolas is an active member of the American Psychological Association serving on divisional committees for Division 35, 45, 17, and 12. In addition, she has been a member of several APA committees including the Committee on International Psychology, Strategic Planning Committee, and the Committee on Early Career Psychologists. In addition to APA, she has been an active member of the Caribbean Studies Association and the Haitian Studies Association. She served as past president of the Haitian Studies Association, the Psychology of Black Women of Division 35, and president-elect of the Section of Ethnic Minorities of Division 12. She is the co-founder and Secretary General of the Caribbean Alliance of National Psychological Association (CANPA); co-founder of Rebati Sante Mentale (focusing on mental health of Haitians); and co-founder of the Ayiti Community Trust (Haiti’s first endowed fund for grant making in Haiti).