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Dr. José Pons Madera appointed new President  of Carlos Albizu University

Published on Thursday, February 2, 2017

Dr. José Pons Madera appointed new President of Carlos Albizu University

Recognized scholar in the field of psychology

 SAN JUAN – January 26, 2017. – Carlos Albizu University (“UCA”, by its Spanish acronym) Board of Trustees Chairman Julio F. Juliá, today announced the appointment of Dr. José I. Pons Madera as new UCA President, as of Monday, January 30.


 “Having completed a rigorous selection process, we are proud to announce the appointment of this distinguished psychologist, professor, academic and clinical administrator to be President of our university. Dr. Pons Madera is a veritable eminence in the field of psychology…a Puerto Rican scholar who has dedicated his entire professional life to the advancement of knowledge in the fields of conduct and health sciences, in their multiple dimensions. His professional journey started under the tutelage of Dr. Carlos Albizu, who was his mentor and inspiration,” said Juliá.


Pons Madera obtained his BA in Psychology in 1976 from Salem State University in Salem, Massachusetts. He later obtained his MS and PhD in Clinical Psychology in 1979 and 1982, respectively, from the Carlos Albizu University and later, in 1991, completed post-doctoral training in Clinical Neurosciences and Neuropathology at the Boston Neurobehavioral Institute in Brighton, Massachusetts. He also completed a “Visiting Fellowship” in Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging investigation at the Rowland Center of the Massachusetts General Hospital – Harvard University.


For more than 35 years, Pons Madera has undertaken a broad range of teaching, clinical and administrative functions in psychology in any number of prestigious institutions, including the University of Puerto Rico (Cayey); the Child and Family Services in Hartford, Connecticut; the Northampton State Hospital; the Central Connecticut State University; the Westfield State College; the University of Massachusetts at Amherst; and the Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Since 1998, Dr. Pons Madera has been associated with the Ponce Health Sciences University (formerly, the Ponce School of Medicine) where he has served as Full Professor, Dean and Founder of the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences. 


Dr. Pons Madera is the author of several chapters of various books and of a vast number of scholarly articles published in academic and trade journals. He has presented works on intelligence evaluation, cultural diversity training, applied neurosciences and behavioral epigenetics regionally, nationally and internationally. Much of his scientific and intellectual work product is used and consulted by psychology students and professors in Puerto Rico and abroad.


“For me, this appointment represents the return to my alma mater and a unique opportunity to contribute to the optimal development of Puerto Rico’s premier graduate-level educational institution specialized in the study of psychology. I am immensely grateful to the Board of Trustees for trusting me to carry out this endeavor. My commitment to the Board, the students, the faculty and non-teaching staff, to the entire university community and to Puerto Rico in general, is to put my more than 35 years of experience as psychologist, professor and academic and clinical administrator at the service of this cherished institution to foster its development to the highest levels of academic and professional excellence,” said Pons Madera.


“We give Dr. Pons Madera the warmest and most enthusiastic welcome as new President of the Carlos Albizu University. We trust that his presidency will mark a new era of progress and unity for all of us in this institution,” concluded Juliá.

About Carlos Albizu University

The Carlos Albizu University—Puerto Rico and the Caribbean’s first and premier institution specialized in the graduate study of psychology—has served Puerto Rico for more than 50 years, educating and developing professionals in the field of mental health.


UCA offers programs in psychology, both academic and geared to health services, education, speech therapy and pathology and professional counseling to more than 2,000 students from more than 65 countries.


UCA is proud to educate culturally competent professionals, capable of rendering services to diverse populations in the global community. Today, more than 9,000 alumni call the Carlos Albizu University their alma mater.

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