The historical origin of Carlos Albizu University dates back to the year 1966, when the Puerto Rico Institute of Psychology was founded with the specific objective of offering a Master of Science degree in clinical psychology. At that time, there were very few mental health professionals on the Island and most of them received their professional education outside of Puerto Rico.
Upon completion of professional studies outside of Puerto Rico, returning mental health professionals were confronted with the necessity of adapting their training to Puerto Rican sociocultural realities. The Puerto Rico Institute of Psychology was developed in response to the need for culturally sensitive professional training. SJC continues in this tradition and is today an educational Institution whose programs of study and research are founded, both in theory and practice, on the multicultural heritage of Puerto Rico.
With the establishment of the Miami Campus of Carlos Albizu University in 1980, the Institution responded to the need in the continental USA for graduate psychology programs sensitive to cultural and ethnic issues. Through the programs at its two campuses, CAU provides professional training that is relevant and responsive to the mental health needs of the communities served and to the needs for culturally sensitive research, thereby contributing to the development of the professions of psychology and health.