Rafael Art. Javier is long-standing Faculty member at the Object Relations Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, where he teaches a course (during the First Year of training) on Freud as an Object Relations Thinker. Dr. Javier is also a Professor of Psychology and the Director Inter-agencies Training and Research Initiatives and the Post-Graduate Professional Programs at St. John’s University. He also functioned as the first Director of the Center for Psychological Services and Clinical Studies at St. John’s University for almost 20 years. He is currently on the faculty and a supervisor at New York University Medical Center, Department of Psychiatry, and the Object Relations Institute. Prior to joining St. John’s University, he was the head of psychology at Kingsboro Psychiatric Center and on the faculty at Downstate Medical Center.
Dr. Javier has presented at national and international conferences on psycholinguistic and psychoanalytic issues in research and treatment and on ethnic and cultural issues in psychoanalytic theories and practice, including on issues of violence and the impact on general cognitive and emotional functioning. He has published extensively on the subject including several co-edited books: “Reaching Across Boundaries of Culture and Class,” “Domestic Violence” and “Personality Development and Psychotherapy in our Diverse Society: A Source Book” all published by Jason Aronson. The “Patterns of desire: Sexual diversity in psychoanalysis,” coauthored with Dr. William Herron was published by Nova Science Publishers, Inc. in the spring 2006. Early in 2007, he was the senior editor for the “Handbook of Adoption: Implication for Researchers, Practitioners and Families” co-edited with Amanda Baden, Frank Biafora and Alina Camacho-Gingerich, published by Sage Publications. Another book scheduled for publication by the fall 2007 is “The Bilingual mind: Thinking, Feeling and Speaking in two Languages,” to be published by Springer Publications.
He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, the Journal of Social Distress and the Homeless, and the Journal of Infant, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy. He is Associate Editor for the Journal of Social Distress and the Homeless and was recently appointed as the Associate Editor for the Journal of Psycholinguistic Research. His current research activities include issues of violence and moral development, suicide in adolescents and young adults, and bilingualism. He is in private practice. He holds a diplomate in psychoanalysis by the American Board of Professional Psychology and another diplomate in clinical psychology by the same board. He was also awarded a diplomate of the American Board of Psychological Specialties with a Forensic Specialty in Psychological Assessment. It was issued by the American College of Forensic Examiners.
- 1982 received Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from New York University
- 1976 received M.A in Clinical Psychology from New York University
- 1988 received Postgraduate Certificate in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis from New York University.
Academic Awards and Honors
- Appointed to Task Force by State Deputy Commissioner of Mental Health to study community support programs (1988 — 89).
- St. John’s University Merit Awards (1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 996, 1997, 1999).
- Appointed to the Editorial Board for the Journal of Social Distress and Homeless (1992) and to head its clinical Psychology Division (1995).
- Appointed to the New York State Professional Board of Psychology-Vice-Chair of the Board (1992).
- Special invitation to special meeting on Infectious Diseases in Minority and Undeserved populations, sponsored by the Center of Disease Control and Prevention. Atlanta, 10/94.
- Service Award, New York State Psychological Association, Spring Meeting, 1995.
- 1997 Gradiva Award Nominee for Best General Book. Presented by the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis for “Reaching Across Boundaries of Culture and Class.”
- Appointed to Editorial Board of Journal of Infant, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy — August 1997.
- Awarded Diplomate in Psychoanalysis by the American Board of Professional Psychology (1998).
- Received Outstanding Faculty Achievement Award, St. John’s University (June, 1999).
- Awarded a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychological Specialties with a Forensic Specialty in Psychological Assessment, Evaluation and Testing. Issued by the American College of Forensic Examiners (July, 1999).
- Awarded a Diplomate in Clinical Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology (November, 2000).
- Appointed Associate Editor of the Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, 2006.
Services to St. John’s University
- Founding and first Director of the Center for Psychological Services and Clinical Studies for 20 years.
- Member of the Department of Psychology P&B
- Member of the Multicultural Concerns Committee (current)
- Member of the Committee of Latin American and Caribbean Studies (current)
- Member of the Vincentian Award Committee (current)
- Fellow in the Vincentian Center (current)
- Director of the Postgraduate Professional Development Programs and Interagencies Clinical and Research Initiatives (Presently)
- Organize biannual conferences to address relevant issues in psychology from a multicultural perspective (1991-present).
- Involved in Bilingual Research (with M. Alpert and Luis Marcos), New York University Medical Center, NYU (1975).
- Co-investigator in a research study with Dr. Felix Barroso to investigate the role of language in cognition and emotion, Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York (1986–1993) and St. John’s University.
- NIH Research Grant on “Minority Specific Intervention for Hispanic Smokers” with Dr. Jeffrey Nevid and Awarded by National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institute of Health 9/29/89–7/31/92.
- Investigation on the relationship between moral development and violent behavior.
- Effect of community violence in children ages 8–16 in a multicultural context (currently)
Selected peer-reviewed publications (in chronological order).
(Publications selected from over 60 peer-reviewed journal publications and 5 books)
- Javier, R. A. & Marcos, L. (1989). The role of stress on the language independence and code-switching phenomena. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, 18 (6), 449–472.
- Javier, R. A. (1989). Linguistic considerations in the treatment of bilinguals. Journal of Psychoanalytic Psychology, 6(1), 87–96.
- Javier, R.A. (1992). Design and implementations as a function of models: Critical assessment of models. In Health Behavior Research in Minority Populations: Access, Design, and Implementation. Published by National Health, Lung and Blood Institute and the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions.
- Javier, R.A., Barroso, F., & Munoz, M.A. (1993). Autobiographical memories in bilinguals. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, 22(3), 319–338.
- Nevid, J., Javier, R.A. & Moulton III, J.L. (1996). Factors predicting participant attrition in a community-based culturally-specific smoking cessation program for Hispanic smokers. Health Psychology, 5(3), 226–229.
- Javier, R.A., Herron, W.G., & Bergman, A.J. (Eds.). (1996). Domestic violence: Assessment and treatment. Northvale, N.J.: Jason Aronson, Inc.
- Perez-Foster, R.A., Moskowitz, M. & Javier, R.A. (Eds.). (1996). Reaching across boundaries of culture and class. Northvale, N.J.: Jason Aronson, Inc.
- Javier, R.A. (1996). In search of repressed memories in bilingual individuals. In R.M. Perez-Foster, M. Moskowitz, & R. A. Javier (eds.) Reaching Across Boundaries of Culture and Class, Northvale, N.J.: Jason Aronson, Inc., pp. 225–241.
- Javier, R.A., Yanos, P.T., Kirshenbaum, S., Herron, W.G., Vazquez, C.I., & Primavera, L.H. (1997). Methodological problems encountered in research with psychiatric inpatients: A case example. Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic, 61(4), 520–531.
- Nevid, J.S. & Javier, R.A. (1997). Preliminary investigation of culturally specific smoking cessation intervention for Hispanic smokers. American Journal of Health Promotion, 11(3), 198–207.
- Javier, R.A. & Herron, W.G. (Eds.). (1998). Personality development and psychotherapy in our diverse society: A source book. Northvale, N.J.: Jason Aronson.
- Javier, R.A. & Herron, W.G. (1998). Views of mental health, mental illness and personality development in a diverse society: An introduction. In R.A. Javier & W. G. Herron (Eds.). Personality development and psychotherapy in our diverse society: A source book. Northvale, N.J.: Jason Aronson.
- Javier, R.A., Herron, W.G. & Yanos, P.T. (1998). Urban poverty, ethnicity, and personality development. In R.A. Javier & W.G. Herron (Eds.), Personality development and psychotherapy in our diverse society: A source book. Northvale, N.J.: Jason Aronson.
- Javier, R. A., Vazquez, C.I. & Marcos, L.R. (1998). Communicating with linguistically diverse patients: Common errors by interpreters. In R.A Javier & W.G. Herron (Eds.) Personality development and psychotherapy in our diverse society: A source book. Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson.
- Javier, R.A. & Yussef, M. (1998). A Latino perspective on the role of ethnicity in the development of moral values: Implications for psychoanalytic theory and practice. In R.A. Javier & W.G. Herron (Eds.), Personality development and psychotherapy in our diverse society: A source book. Northvale, N.J: Jason Aronson.
- Herron, W. & Javier, R.A. (2006). Patterns of Desire: Diversity in Psychoanalysis. New York: Nova Sciences Publications.
- Javier, R.A., Baden, A., Biafora, F. & Camacho-Gingerich, A. (2007). Handbook of Adoption: Implications for Researchers, Practitioners and Families. CA: Sage.
- Javier, R.A. (in press). The bilingual mind: Thinking, feeling and speaking in two languages. New York: Springer Publications.
Membership in Professional Societies (Currently Active)
- New York Academy of Sciences (1975 — present)
- American Psychological Association (Divisions 12, 39, 40, 45, 52) (1982 — present)
- Eastern Psychological Association (1982 — present)
- Inter-American Society of Psychology (1982 — present)
- National Hispanic
Psychological Association (1988 — present).
- New York State Psychological Association (Academic/Clinical/Social Divisions) (1982 — present).
- Association for Hispanic Mental Health Professionals (1985 — present)
- Elected representative Executive Board, Clinical Division (1988 93) New York State Psychological Association
- Psi Chi Member, St. John’s University Chapter
- Membership Committee, Association for Hispanic Mental Health Professionals