Brief Biography: Lourdes Rivera

Email: lourdes.rivera@qc.cuny.edu

Lourdes M. Rivera is an Associate Professor in the Counselor Education Program at Queens College of the City University of New York. In addition to teaching the career counseling and assessment courses at Queens College, Dr. Rivera teaches courses in multicultural counseling, counseling techniques, and counseling theories. Prior to becoming a counselor educator, Dr. Rivera was a counselor in a college setting providing career, academic and personal counseling to a diverse student population; she also has experience providing mental health services in hospitals and community counseling settings.


Dr. Rivera’s main area of interest is in career counseling and development with a focus on multicultural issues. Most recently, Dr. Rivera has focused her attention on how best to address the career development needs of children and adolescents in the school setting. Working with teachers and administrators, she has participated in the development and implementation of a career development intervention program for students attending an early college high school (grades 6 through 12).

Dr. Rivera has served in a number of leadership positions in professional organizations and is a past-president of the New York State Career Development Association. She has been a long-standing member of NCDA and completed the NCDA Leadership Academy in 2009.


Dr. Rivera received her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Fordham University and holds a Master’s in counseling from New York University.