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Estela M.  Rivero

Director of Counseling
University at Albany
Department: University Counseling Center


Clinical psychology; addiction; recovery; prevention

Campus phone: (518) 442-5800
Campus email:


Estela M. Rivero, University Counseling Center Director, is a New York State licensed psychologist who has been director of the Counseling Center at the University at Albany since 1989. She received her doctorate in psychology with a specialty in clinical psychology from the University of Michigan. Rivero has extensive experience in the delivery of outpatient mental health and psychological counseling services, and is currently the project director for a SAMHSA Campus Suicide Prevention Grant. In addition to supervising the UAlbany Counseling Center, she has also held positions in other university and four-year college counseling centers; has been a psychologist on the outpatient service of the Capital District Psychiatric Center in Albany, N.Y., and provided court consultation with the University of Michigan Family and Law Program. At UAlbany, she spearheaded the effort to establish alcohol and other drug intervention, prevention and health promotion services and programs, and made essential contributions to the growth of nationally recognized programs such as the Middle Earth Peer Assistance Program. Dedicated to the creation of an integrated and accessible health care delivery system, Rivero has been recognized at the University for her strong commitment to diversity issues, in part reflected by the diversity of the Counseling Center staff as well as its commitment to insuring access to health care for all students. In acknowledgment of her expertise in the field of psychology, she was appointed in 1991 to the New York State Board for Psychology.