Dr. Alonso completed her graduate training at the Miami Institute of Psychology and obtained her license as a psychologist in Florida in 2002. She has worked as an adjunct professor in higher education since 1996 and has been a full-time Associate Professor and Director of the Goodman Center for CAU since 2011. She is currently the Director of the Goodman Psychological Services Center and Associate Professor at Albizu University.
Dr. Alonso has worked as a clinical supervisor in community mental health centers for over 15 years in children & adolescent units that served underprivileged youth and families. While at the agency, she was part of the executive leadership and served as the Peer Review Chairperson, member on the Leadership Committee, Quality Assurance Committee, Managed Care Committee, and Forms committee. She was also the Coordinator of the Comprehensive Community Services Team and worked closely with the Department of Children and Families and South Florida Behavioral Health Network regarding the federal grant for Family and Communities Empowered for Success (FACES). She was an intricate part of the team serving on the Program Subcommittee, Training Subcommittee, Cultural and Linguistic Competency Subcommittee, Logic Model Workgroup, and was the Leader of Change for her agency.
Dr. Alonso received the 1994 Most Distinguished Student Award, 1998 Outstanding Undergraduate Faculty Member of the Year Award, 1999 Honorary mention in The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education, Honorary Mention in The Voice of Hispanic Higher Education, the 2011 First Annual Community Collaboration Award for FACES, and the 2014 Faculty Member of the Year for Albizu University. She has presented at the National Council for Schools of Professional Psychology (NCSPP) on training students to be culturally competent regarding religion and spiritual diversity, and is currently a member and Chair-Elect for the American Psychological Association's Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest. Her interests are helping underprivileged communities and increasing the awareness of the importance of multicultural psychology.