Frances Ruiz Alfaro, Ph.D.

Clinical Psychologist and Adjunct Professor at University of Puerto Rico

PO Box 193191
San Juan, PR 00919-3191
Tel: 787.307.1115

Dr. Frances Ruiz Alfaro is a clinical psychologist, professor and researcher. As a professor at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus she is member of the faculty in the area of Clinical Psychology teaching various graduate level courses. As a clinical supervisor, she promotes a generative and collaborative approach to the therapeutic and assessment formation of her students. Through her clinical experience, she has worked with individuals, families and groups of different ages in hospital settings, community centers, and her private practice. As a clinician, she has had experience in the area of forensic psychological assessment for people with special needs. Specifically, she has worked collaboratively with legal aid organizations in Puerto Rico providing a voice for low income families of children who need reasonable accommodations to enrich their academic experience. As a researcher, she is interested in issues related to family bonding, relational constructionism and generative practices in psychotherapy and assessment. She has presented her work in Latin America, the United States and Europe. She is currently working on a qualitative phenomenological research on families’ experiences with autism.