Linda Raffaele Mendez

Associate Professor, School of Psychology and Counseling

Contact Information

Courses

  • Seminar in Child and Adolescent Intervention
  • Prevention and Intervention
  • Pediatric Psychology Dissertation Seminar
  • History and Systems of Psychology
  • Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology

Research

  • Cognitive-behavior therapy with youth
  • School-based mental health delivered through a multi-tiered system of supports
  • Understanding and meeting the needs of vulnerable and at-risk youth in schools
  • Social justice in schools
  • Family-based interventions to address mental health concerns

Education

  • BA, Union College, Schenectady, NY
  • MA, The University of Texas at Austin
  • PhD, The University of Texas at Austin

Academic Profile

I have been preparing school psychologists since 1996 and joined the faculty in School Psychology in FDU in 2018. My primary teaching responsibilities are in the area of school-based mental health. I also teach a 2-part Dissertation Seminar through which I guide PsyD students in preparing a dissertation proposal. Additionally, I direct a school-based mental health practicum through which PsyD and Ph.D. students deliver individual counseling to students in local schools. My theoretical orientation is cognitive-behavioral, although I also include trauma-informed and DBT in my work. I also lead an active research group that is focused on understanding and meeting the needs of vulnerable and at-risk youth in schools through tiered mental health interventions and trauma-sensitive initiatives. In 2019, I received a 5-year grant from the US Department of Education through which School Psychology students from FDU are delivering counseling to students in 6 demonstration schools in the Newark Public Schools.