Dr. Santos has an extensive academic and applied background in Psychology. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Stony Brook University and a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Columbia University. She holds a Master of Science and Doctorate in Psychology (Psy. D) from St. John's University. Dr. Santos is also a New York State Certified Bilingual School Psychologist and Licensed Psychologist.
Dr. Santos is a cognitive-behavioral psychologist who specializes in the treatment of Anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Spectrum Disorders such as OCD, PANDAS/PANS, Body Dysmorphic Disorder and Hoarding. Dr. Santos has co-authored publications on the Status of Body Dysmorphic Disorder in Argentina, Advances in the Treatment of Body Dysmorphic Disorder. Dr. Santos also recently did a TED-Ed Lesson on Debunking the Myths of OCD. Her expertise has been sought in interviews on the eHealth Radio and The Changing Behavior Networks, EmpowHER and she has been an on-air therapist on TLC’s Hoarding: Buried Alive.
Dr. Santos also devotes her time to raising awareness on school mental health issues and under-represented groups. Dr. Santos recently co-authored a publication, Toward a Blueprint for Trauma-Informed Service Delivery in Schools. As a certified bilingual school psychologist, she has raised awareness on educational issues such as the lack of representation of the culturally-linguistically diverse gifted (CLDG) population, necessary reform of the nation’s gifted education policy, and ethnic disparities in securing autism services. Her work has been featured in publications such as the Queens Family Magazine and Long Island Parent. Dr. Santos provides workshops to schools, families, and community organizations to better serve children and adolescents with anxiety and OCD issues.
Dr. Santos also loves to mentor and teach undergraduate students. She is an Adjunct Instructor at SUNY Old Westbury and NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.