2020 Mentor Bios

Jeanne Manese, PhD (Co-Chair)

Jeanne E. Manese, Ph.D.-Co-Chair (2017-2020) received her doctoral degree from the University of Maryland, College Park with a specialization in Counseling Psychology.  She also attained a M.Ed. in Education from Harvard University.  Dr. Manese is a practitioner-scholar-consultant and served as the Director of the University of California Irvine (UCI) Counseling Center for over a decade, retiring in 2018.  In this role, her passions included clinical supervision and implementing strengths-based programs and services for first generation college students, students of color, and students from low income backgrounds.  While at UCI, the Counseling Center was honored with the prestigious American Psychological Association (APA) Suinn Achievement Award for demonstrated excellence in the recruitment, retention and graduation of ethnic minority students in doctoral psychology programs.  Dr. Manese also served as a principal co-investigator for a 6.9M systemwide CalMHSA grant focused on stigma reduction, suicide prevention and peer to peer interventions.  Dr. Manese has additionally worked internationally serving as the shipboard psychologist for the Semester at Sea program.  She has also worked in Veterans Administration hospital settings and private practice.

Dr. Manese is active with the APA Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) having previously served as Chair of its Training Advisory Committee; and currently serves as a mentor for the MFP Psychology Summer Institute.  Dr. Manese additionally has a consultant/advisory role with the Steve Fund, a non-profit organization focused on the mental health of college students of color.  Dr. Manese is published in the areas of multicultural supervision and training, mentoring, and university strengths-based outreach programs.  She recently co-edited Cases in Multicultural Clinical Supervision: Models, Lenses and Applications (2019).

Dr. Manese has achieved the distinction of Fellow in the American Psychological Association (Division 17 and 45) and is a Fellow of the Asian American Psychological Association. Dr. Manese has been honored by the Association of Counseling Center Agencies (ACCTA), the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) and the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD) in the area of multicultural competency training.  She was awarded MFP James Jones Lifetime Achievement Award for Service in 2018.  Dr. Manese continues her lifelong commitment to addressing disparities in mental health treatment for people of color, mentoring students from underrepresented backgrounds through the higher education pipeline and promoting civil rights and social justice.

William Liu, PhD (Co-Chair)

William Ming Liu, PhD., is Professor of Counseling Psychology and Department Chair at the University of Maryland.  He received his Masters degree in College Student Development and his doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Maryland. Previously, he was professor and program coordinator at the University of Iowa (2000-2018). His research interests are in social class and classism, men and masculinity, and White supremacy and privilege. He has been identified as one of the most frequent producers of research in the Psychology of Men and Masculinity and most cited in multicultural competency research. He received the Emerging Leader award from the Committee on Socioeconomic Status (APA), Emerging Young Professional Award (Division 45, APA), and the Researcher of the Year Award (Division 51, APA). Additionally, he recently received the Faculty Excellence Award for the Board of Regents in Iowa. He is an editor of the Handbook of Multicultural Competencies in Counseling and Psychology (Sage, 2003), an editor of Culturally Responsive Counseling with Asian American Men (2010, Routledge), the author of Social Class and Classism in the Helping Professions: Research, Theory, and Practice (2011, Sage), the editor of the Handbook of Social Class in Counseling (2013, Oxford University Press), and author of the forthcoming book The Psychology of Privilege, White Supremacy, and Power (Oxford University Press). He serves as the Editor for the APA journal,  Psychology of Men and Masculinity. He is a fellow of Division 17 and 51.

Andrés J. Consoli, PhD (Senior Mentor)

Andrés J. Consoli, has been an associate professor in the Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara since 2013. He was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he received a licenciatura degree in clinical psychology at the Universidad de Belgrano (1985). He earned a Masters (1991) and doctorate in counseling psychology at UCSB (1994), and received postdoctoral training in behavioral medicine in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine (1994-1996). Prior to joining UCSB Dr. Consoli was professor and associate chair of the Department of Counseling, College of Health and Social Sciences, at San Francisco State University (1996-2013). He is a visiting professor at the Universidad del Valle in Guatemala (2004-present) and a licensed psychologist in California.

Dr. Consoli has served as president of the National Latina/o Psychological Association (2014), as member-at-large of APA’s Division 52: International Psychology (2011-2013), as president of the Interamerican Society of Psychology (2007-2009), and as president of the Western Association of Counselor Education and Supervision (2001). He served in the Council of National Psychology Associations for the Advancement of Ethnic Minority Interests (CNPAAEMI) (2014-2016) and chaired the Council in 2016.

In 2015, Dr. Consoli received the Interamerican Psychologist Award for distinguished contributions to the advancement of psychology in the Americas, an award granted by the Interamerican Society of Psychology. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 52).

Dr. Consoli’s professional and research interests involve transnational collaborations, program evaluation and community based participatory action research, 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. He is the coeditor of a multinational project, the Comprehensive Textbook of Psychotherapy: Theory and Practice (2017; Oxford University Press); and coauthor of a binational project, CBT Strategies for Anxious and Depressed Children and Adolescents: A Clinician’s Toolkit (2017; Guilford Press).4 and is a member of the American Counseling Association – Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Counseling.

Ruperto “Toti” Perez (Senior Mentor)

Ruperto M. “Toti” Perez, Ph.D. is Associate Vice President, Student Health and Wellbeing at The University of Alabama. He previously served as Director of the Counseling Center and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the School of Psychology at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA and as Assistant Clinical Director/Assistant Clinical Professor in the Counseling Center at the University of Florida. He previously served as Counseling Services Coordinator, Training Director, and adjunct assistant professor at the Counseling & Testing Center at the University of Georgia. He is a licensed psychologist in Alabama, Georgia, and Florida, earning degrees from Boston College (B.S., M.A.) and the University of Missouri-Columbia (PhD, Counseling Psychology).

Toti is active in a number of professional organizations including the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) Commission for Counseling and Psychological Services, and the American Psychological Association (APA) Division 17 (Society of Counseling Psychology). Within Division 17, Toti served as VP for Communications, VP for Diversity & Public Interest, SERD chair, and Division 17 Fellows Committee Chair.  Toti has also served in a number of roles in APA leadership and governance, including past member of the Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest (BAPPI), past member of the Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice (CAPP), former member of the Division 17/45 Joint Task Force on Multicultural Guidelines, former member of the Commission on Accreditation, and current member of the APA Board of Educational Affairs Commission on Accreditation Standing Appeal Panel.

Toti is the co-editor of the Handbook of Counseling and Psychotherapy with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Clients (1st ed.) (2nd ed.) and the Handbook of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity in Counseling and Psychotherapy, published by the American Psychological Association. He is a Diamond Honoree Recipient of the American College Personnel Association and an APA Fellow in Division 17 and Division 44.