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Lisa Aronson Fontes
Lisa Aronson Fontes

Area of expertise: Expert in cultural competency in victim services

Location: Massachusetts

Lisa Aronson Fontes, Ph.D., has dedicated two decades to making the mental health, social service, and criminal justice systems more responsive to culturally diverse people. She is the author of Interviewing Clients Across Cultures: A Practitioner's Guide and Child Abuse and Culture: Working with Diverse Families. She has written numerous journal articles and chapters on cultural issues in child maltreatment and violence against women, cross-cultural research, and ethics. She teaches at the University of Massachusetts and in the Clinical Psy.D. program at Union Institute & University. Dr. Fontes has worked as a family, individual, and group psychotherapist. Fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, she has conducted research in Santiago, Chile, and with Puerto Ricans, African Americans, and European Americans in the United States. She is a popular conference speaker and workshop facilitator. Dr. Fontes completed a Fulbright Foundation Grant in Buenos Aires, Argentina. As a volunteer, Dr. Fontes worked for 3 years with Somali refugees in Springfield, Massachusetts. She earned a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Massachusetts in 1992 and an M.S. in journalism from Columbia University in 1984. Dr. Fontes has provided a training for OVC TTAC which addresses cultural issues that impact child abuse as well as the interrelationship of domestic violence and child abuse in culturally diverse populations.