Vice President for International Affairs

Andrés J. Consoli: 2020-2023


My name is Andrés J. Consoli (preferred gender pronouns: he, him, él), and I am a formerly undocumented immigrant from Argentina. I work as a faculty member in the Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology; I am a faculty affiliate in the Chicana/o Studies Department, and a faculty affiliate in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). At UCSB, I facilitate The Building Bridges Collective. I am a distinguished visiting professor at the Universidad del Valle in Guatemala (2004-present) and a licensed psychologist in California. Prior to joining UCSB I was professor and associate chair of the Department of Counseling, College of Health and Social Sciences, at San Francisco State University (1996-2013).

I was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where I received a licenciatura degree in clinical psychology at the Universidad de Belgrano (1985). I 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 serving as SCP’s Vice-President for International Affairs (2020-2023), I served as president of the National Latina/o Psychological Association (2014), member-at-large of APA’s Division 52: International Psychology (2011-2013), president of the Interamerican Society of Psychology (2007-2009), and president of the Western Association of Counselor Education and Supervision (2001). I 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, I received the Interamerican Psychologist Award for distinguished contributions to the advancement of psychology in the Americas, granted by the Interamerican Society of Psychology. In 2020, I received the Excellent Contribution Award for remarkable contributions to international research, program development, and teaching/mentoring by the International Section of SCP.

I am a fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 52: International Psychology; Division 29: Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy).

My professional and research interests include access and utilization of mental health services by Latinxs within a social justice framework, the development of a bilingual (English/Spanish) academic and mental health workforce, transnational collaborations, program evaluation and community based participatory action research, multicultural supervision, psychotherapy integration and training, systematic treatment selection, and ethics and values in psychotherapy.

I am a coeditor of a multinations’ project, the Comprehensive Textbook of Psychotherapy: Theory and Practice (Oxford University Press); and a coauthor of a binational project, CBT Strategies for Anxious and Depressed Children and Adolescents: A Clinician’s Toolkit (Guilford Press).