Inoa Vazquez, PhD, ABPP
Inoa Vazquez, PhD, ABPP, one of New York City's most prominent Latina psychologists with more than 25 years of clinical and teaching experience, works with both bilingual and monolingual children, individuals, couples and families. Born in the Dominican Republic, she moved to the United States at the age of 16. By hard work and determination, she achieved immigrant aspirations through public higher education. She graduated from Queens College cum laude, and earned a PhD from City University's APA-approved program in clinical psychology.
She founded the Bilingual Treatment Program Clinic, located at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan. Today, Vazquez continues supervising psychology students at Bellevue Hospital as they train to provide mental health services to the unacculturated, non-English speaking Hispanic population and patients from a diverse background.
After 16 years directing the New York University-Bellevue Clinical Psychology Internship Program, she went on to found and direct the Institute for Multicultural Behavioral Health, where she coordinated training and research as well as providing supervision for and teaching of doctoral psychology trainees and medical students.
Vazquez, who is a diplomate in clinical psychology and in forensic clinical psychology, serves as clinical professor in psychiatry at New York University School of Medicine. She has held positions as professor of psychology at City University of New York, New School, State University of New York and others. She also maintains a private practice in Manhattan, where she provides neuropsychological evaluations to children and adults as well as psychotherapy services.
Vazquez is a noted authority on Latin American mental health, particularly bicultural lifestyles. She is an author of three books, Parenting with Pride Latino Style , The Maria Paradox (with Rosa Gil, PhD) and Grief Therapy with Latinos (with Dinelia Rosa, PhD). Due to the impact of her books and work on cross-cultural treatment and training, she is frequently invited to host seminars on these topics. As an expert in cross-cultural and training issues, Vazquez has contributed many articles to professional publications and made numerous presentations on her areas of expertise across the country.
Vazquez has been the recipient of many professional honors: the Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Career Achievement from Nassau County Medical Center; the Clinical Excellence Award from Bellevue Hospital Center; Recognition for Education and Teaching from El Diario de la Mujer , Miami; and citations of honor from Claire Shulman, Queens borough president, and Rebeca Sosa, mayor of West Miami, among others. In 1997, Vazquez received recognition from Miami's El Diario-La Prensa as one of the most outstanding women of the year. She is also listed in Who's Who of American Women.