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About Lourdes Suarez-Morales

Lourdes Suarez-Morales, Ph.D., received her doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Her training has focused primarily in the area of Child Clinical Psychology and included a pre-doctoral psychology internship at the Medical University of South Carolina, with specialized training in Multisystemic Family Therapy and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. At the post-doctorate level, Dr. Suarez-Morales received a Minority Supplement Grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to obtain additional clinical and research training in the area of substance abuse. She co-led the national adaptation and implementation of a protocol examining the efficacy of Motivational Enhancement Therapy with monolingual Spanish-speakers and co-authored publications on Brief Strategic Family Therapy and Culturally Informed Family Therapy for treatment of ethnic minority adolescent substance use.
Dr. Suarez-Morales teaches a number of core courses for the doctoral program including child psychopathology, clinical interventions with children and adolescents, and intellectual assessment. She also provides clinical supervision to doctoral students in their practicum. Her research work encompasses a wide interest in areas affecting ethnic minority mental health issues. She has published chapters and peer reviewed articles in areas related to assessment and instrument development (e.g., information-processing variables, acculturative stress, and substance use), as well as engagement in clinical research and research to practice issues for psychological treatments with Hispanic minorities. Currently, Dr. Suarez-Morales is developing a research program to examine the cognitive, environmental, and cultural factors related to the manifestation of anxiety and depression in ethnic minority youth with the aim to inform clinical interventions with this population.


2011 - Present Assistant Professor, Nova Southeastern University College of Psychology

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Professional Service and Affiliations

2016 - Present Reviewer, Journal of Latina/o Psychology
2011 - Present Reviewer, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology
Present Member, American Psychological Association (APA)
Present Member, Anxiety and Depression Association of America
Present Member, Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies
Present Member, National Hispanic Science Network – National Institute on Drug Abuse
Present Member, National Latino Psychological Association
2016 Reviewer, Mindfulness
2012 Reviewer, Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry
2006 - 2007 Reviewer, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology
2005 Reviewer, Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
2004 Reviewer, Cultural Diversity & Ethnic Minority Psychology
2002 Ad-Hoc Reviewer, Society for Prevention Research
2001 Reviewer, Guidelines for Multicultural Psychology
2000 Reviewer, Journal of Traumatic Stress
1999 Ad-Hoc Reviewer, Journal of Abnormal Psychology
1997 Ad-Hoc Reviewer, Journal of Abnormal Psychology
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Honors and Awards

  • AABT’s Circle of Achievement Award, 2000
  • American Psychological Association’s Minority Undergraduate Student of Excellence, 1994
  • Dean’s Honor List, Florida International University, 1990 - 1994


2001 Ph.D., Clinical Child Psychology, University of Missouri
1998 M.A., Clinical Psychology, University of Missouri
1994 B.A., Psychology, Florida International University

Contact Information

(954) 262-5813


Articles (23)

Journal articles written or co-written by Dr. Lourdes Suarez-Morales

Books and Book Contributions (6)

Book and book contributions written or co-written by Dr. Lourdes Suarez-Morales