Dr. Michelle Santiago
Assistant Professor of Clinical Counseling
Psy.D., The School of Professional Psychology at Forest Institute (APA Accredited)
Dr. Santiago joined the faculty of Moravian Theological Seminary in 2015 after 19 years of providing clinical counseling services. She has worked in a wide variety of areas, including maximum security federal corrections, survivor services, critical incident stress management, EAP supervisor training, homeless populations and as a staff member of college counseling centers at JMU, UTM, and Moravian College.
Dr. Santiago likes to be engaged far beyond the seminary walls. She is the combined faculty secretary at Moravian College, a member of Moravian College’s Discipline Review Committee and a Title IX Investigator. She is the elected Professional Affiliate Representative and member of the Executive Committee of APA Div 35 (Society for the Psychology of Women), a member of D35’s Sizeism Task Force and a member of Div 44 (LGBTQ); She also serves as D35 liaison to D56 (Trauma Psychology). For the 2016-2017 year, she is part of the APAGS LGBT Mentoring Program. She has also been a long-time program reviewer for many professional conferences.
Dr. Santiago is currently a board member of the Center for Humanistic Change, New Bethany Ministries, and the Northampton County DOC Jail Advisory Board. She also volunteers with the LV Literacy Project as a GED tutor.
(Dr. Santiago likes to lie under her desk for quiet time during the day. There are theories that she has discovered a time warp portal while under there.)
She has been an invited senior panel member at Long Island University “Slut Shaming: Girls against Girls,”, given guest lectures on alternative lifestyle/sexualities and has been known to protest protesters at political rallies.
She has led service experiences for undergraduate students, conducts Safe Zone trainings across campus, is the advisor to Spectrum and conducts Safe Zone training; Come this Spring- she will be the faculty liaison (a different kind of coach) for the Women’s Greyhound Softball Team
She has recently reviewed book chapters in two different textbooks on Counseling Theory and Multicultural Strengths Based Counseling. More recently, she has been interested in research areas such as male/female supervisory relationships, inter/intra cultural mentoring, and the imposter syndrome in new faculty members.