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Dr. Vicente is a counselor educator with over 20 years of experience as a clinician. She has worked in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors in both urban and suburban communities. Dr. Vicente began her career journey as a Crisis Intervention Specialist in New York City, then moved on to become a Psychiatric Emergency Screener and Children's Specialist, for over 10 years. Dr. Vicente has worked in rural, suburban and urban school districts as a School Social Worker and has been in private practice specializing in children and adolescents in the areas of trauma and grief integration, LGBTQIA+ issues, diversabilities, spirituality and indigenous healing practices in mental health.

Dr. Vicente has been part of the Bergen County Trauma Response Team and specialized in Trauma and Grief Recovery having been trained by the National Organization of Victim Assistance (NOVA), FEMA and Maureen Underwood's "Getting On After Loss (GOALs)" program where she ran a group for children who lost parents to the 9/11 attacks.

Currently Dr. Vicente has put her efforts and research in examining the treatment outcomes of integration spiritual and indigenous healing practices with traditional mental health practices. As an educator, clinician and shamanic practitioner, spirituality in mental health is an area that she is passionate about and regularly incorporates exposure and education on these topics into her courses and clinical practice.


Education and Credentials:

  • Ed.D., Human Services Administration, Nova Southeastern University
  • MSW, Social Work, Rutgers University
  • B.A., Social Work, Rutgers University
  • NJ Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • Certified School Social Worker
  • Certified Family Trauma Professional-CFTP
  • Certified in Dialectical Behavior Therapy-C-DBT
  • Certified Mindfulness-Informed Professional-CMIP
  • Certified to Supervise LCSWs for clinical hours
  • SIFI Certified to provide clinical supervision
  • Certified Death Doula
  • Certified Mental Health Screener (2001-2011)

Courses Taught:

  • CED 5915 Multicultural Counseling
  • CED 5963 Group Process
  • CED 5965 Introduction to Family Counseling
  • CED 5966 Advanced Skills
  • CED 7915 Sexuality in Counseling
  • CED 7959 Social and Cultural Perspectives in Counseling
  • CED 7980 Advanced Practicum in Counseling

Areas of Expertise

  • Trauma and grief recovery
  • Diversabilities
  • LGBTQIA+ issues and spirituality

Research and Publications:

Research in Progress (approved July 2022): Project Title: Integrating Spiritual Healing Practices and Mental Health Services: An examination of treatment outcomes

Kean University, University Relations Spotlight October 2022: LGBTQIA History Month

Hope and Resilience in Mental Health: Published in Therapy Wisdom, December 2022 Spotlight Issue, page 35.

The Frontier of Psychotherapy in Social Change and Spirituality: Published in Therapy Wisdom, December 2021 Spotlight Issue, page 30.

The Intersectionality of Psychotherapy, Spirituality and Social Change: Published in Therapy Wisdom, December 2020 Spotlight Issue, page 42.


  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee
  • Racial and Social Justice Committee
  • The Pride Index Committee
  • Lavender Graduation Committee 
  • Public Health Advisory Board for NJCU