Andrés Consoli (M.A., Counseling Psychology, ’91; Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, ’94), an associate professor in the Department of Counseling, Clinical & School Psychology at UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School, recently became an affiliate professor with the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. Consoli is also an affiliate professor with the Chicana/o Studies Department.
Consoli was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and received his first psychology degree there before moving to the United States. “With no prospects of having my previous degree recognized, I tried to pursue doctoral studies,” Consoli says. “Drs. Mahoney, Atkinson, and Casas [at the not yet named Gevritz School] took a chance on me. I started my doctoral studies in 1989. Back then, the program was housed in Phelps Hall and shared the building with the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. I admired their actions of that Department towards inclusion and dissemination of Latin American knowledge, and I joined forces with them on many activities.
“Achieving affiliate status in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at UCSB is personally meaningful and professionally rewarding,” Consoli asserts. “It is a significant vote of confidence by the colleagues there, indicating that my collaboration with them over the years is very much appreciated and that my scholarship is of substance, not only in English but also in Spanish.”
Consoli received a licenciatura degree in clinical psychology at the Universidad de Belgrano (1985) in Argentina. He earned a Masters (1991) and doctorate (1994) in counseling psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and received postdoctoral training in behavioral medicine in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine (1994-1996). Consoli’s professional and research interests involve transnational collaborations, multicultural supervision, psychotherapy integration and training, systematic treatment selection, ethics and values in psychotherapy, access and utilization of mental health services within a social justice framework, and the development of a bilingual (English/Spanish) academic and mental health workforce.