Maritza Gallardo-Cooper PhD

School Psychologist, Palm Beach County Schools

Dr. Maritza Gallardo-Cooper has been a mental health practitioner for the past 35 years in the private and public sector. She has been a clinician, a director of outpatient and residential treatment programs, and a coordinator of schoolbased consultation and treatment programs. Her practice has focused on marriage and family therapy, school psychology, clinical supervision, training, program development, and the effectiveness of service delivery. Her involvement with Latino mental health issues began in 1978 when she was a member of the Hispanic Task Force of the President’s Commission of Mental Health. She is an active member of the American Counseling Association and the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development and is a past-vice-president of the Latino Concern Group. She is also a member of the National Latina/o Psychological Association and the Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues (Division 45) of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Gallardo-Cooper teaches graduate courses in clinical supervision at the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala and is a respected author in the areas of bilingual counseling and multicultural family therapy. Dr. Gallardo-Cooper holds a doctorate from the University of Florida.