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José R. Cruz, Ph D.


7420 SW Sunset Drive                                                                                              Home:  (305) 667-2722

Miami, FL  33143                                       Cell:  (786) 236-8131                            






·         Extensive experience with public and private universities/colleges as well as elementary, middle and high schools with varied populations (elite prep, Hispanic, African-American).

·         Successful in founding, directing, developing and reorganizing universities, programs, centers and organizations.

·         Excel in building relationships in academic and socio-political contexts with people from diverse backgrounds.

·         Experience in various positions such as: 

Dean of Graduate Studies

University Rector/President

Program and Department Director

Professor and Teacher

Principal and Assistant Principal

Guidance Counselor

·         Professional educator who has published books and presented numerous papers at national  symposiums. 

·         Work with state, national and international (U.N.) personnel.

·         Spoken before U.S. Congress and a U.S. House of Representatives special committee.





Ph.D. Program – Educational Leadership

Barry University     (completed 10/09)         GPA:  3.9


Doctoral Studies

Florida International University – Community College Teaching   GPA:  3.8

Loyola University of Chicago – 42 semester hours in Psychology; equivalent to Specialist in Guidance and Counseling



Loyola University of Chicago – Guidance and Counseling       GPA:  3.5

Completed four year program from Bellarmine School of Theology of Chicago (four years of Theology)



Spring Hill College in Mobile, AL – Philosophy and Mathematics





College Level Administration:

Rector/President and   

Dean                            World University of Santo Domingo

·         Served 3 years at this American university (with 50,000 English and Spanish students) which was the 4th largest university in Dominican Republic.

·         Designated as Rector/President of this troubled university; successfully reorganized institution academically and reconciled factions.

·         After achieving goals, was designated Dean (VP of Academic Affairs) of Graduate School.


Director                        Master’s Program in Community Psychology at UASD (Universidad Autonoma                               de Santo Domingo), a state university

·         Founded and directed (3 years) the first Master’s degree program in community psychology in Latin America.

Department of Psychology at UNPHU National University of Santo Domingo

·         First Director and served 3 years.

Administrative Services at Miami Institute of Psychology (now  Albizu University).                        

·         Newly created position which entailed re-organization of administrative services; served 2 years.





National Level Administration:

National Director          National Division of Mental Health of the Dominican Republic

·         Reorganized mental health services throughout the country in the direction of community psychology; served 3 years.

National Illiteracy Campaign of the Dominican Republic

·         Directed this national literacy campaign which was entirely funded and supervised by UNESCO experts.

·         Served 2 years; official title was Vice Minister of Education (the equivalent of National Director).



High School, Middle School and Elementary School Level Administration:

Principal                      Loyola School in Miami

·         Academic reorganization (including dual program with local university) for this private religious school with 1,500 students

Santa Barbara High School in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

·         College prep school with 800 students


Assistant Principal       Jose de Diego Middle School in Miami

·         Student population of 1,500 comprised of Hispanics and African-Americans in Miami-Dade County Public School system

Silver Bluff Elementary School in Miami

·         800 Latin and African-American students in this middle to upper middle class school in Miami-Dade County Public School system

Colegio Loyola in Santo Domingo (Jesuit High School)

·         Elite prep school with 1,300 students






Guidance Counselor   

or Counselor                Coconut Grove Elementary in Miami

·         Counseling (2007-present) at this middle class school with 400 students from diverse backgrounds.

Citrus Grove Middle in Miami

·         Originally hired as Assistant Principal, but in order to complete my Ph.D. I asked to become Guidance Counselor; served 4 years.

Joliet Academy for Girls (Catholic) School in Illinois

·         Counselor for 1 year.

Allapattah Middle in Miami

·         Counselor for 8 years at this school comprised of African-American and Hispanic students.



Teacher                        Mathematics

·         Taught 3 years in different private schools, including Belen Jesuit Prep in Miami, Florida.

Psychology and Counseling

·         Taught 15 years at several colleges and universities (including Miami

Institute of Psychology, a graduate APA approved school) and counselor at

Loyola University of Chicago (three years).

Psychology & Philosophy of Faith/Religion

·         Taught at Loyola University of Chicago (3 years); Columbus High School in Miami; Joliet Academy for Girls (Catholic) School in Illinois; and Loyola School in Santo Domingo.




Founder & Director       Casa Abierta (psychological and prevention center), Archdiocese of Santo       Domingo

·         Founded and directed (4 years) this center offering professional services in counseling, education, drug prevention workshops and community psychology for youth and adults.

·         VP of Board of Directors (1974-present) composed of 25 community heads of organizations (including youth and sport socio-culture clubs, the Police Department, 3 local Universities and 3 local High Schools, and the Rotarios Domincanos Club).

·         NOTE:  the UN’s office for science and education (UNESCO) recommended the “Casa Abierta” approach be used as a working model for the rest of Latin America.


                                    El Rincon Community Center (general counseling and prevention center) and El            Rincon Clinic (drug addiction clinic), Archdiocese of Chicago and Illinois Drug                             Abuse Programs (IDAP).

·         Founded and directed (4 years) these two institutions that had one common Board of Directors composed of 15 community leaders (including two Catholic Parishes, the public high school, and several Polish-American, Puerto Rican American and African American organizations).

·         Member of Board of Examiners of IDAP for Drug Abuse Specialists I, II, III and IV.


Executive Director        DARE Program of the Archdiocese of Miami

·         During one year tenure, organized workshops for adults and coordinated training of students as peer counselors in their elementary, middle and high schools in the private sector and in Miami-Dade County Public Schools.



Coaching and

Athletic Director           Athletic Director and Commissioner (several high schools and clubs, including             Belen Jesuit Preparatory School.)

                                    Basketball and Baseball Coach (middle schools and athletic clubs in Miami)






Principal Writer            National Drug Abuse Prevention Projects for Ecuador, Peru, Costa Rica and    Dominican Republic

·         Worked in conjunction with the Faculty of Education at the University of Miami.

·         Worked under direct supervision of the United Nations Fund for Drug Abuse Control (UNFDAC).


Civic and Political Activities   

·         Interviewed in Chicago by U.S. House of Representatives’ Select Committee on Crime due to extensive involvement in the community as Founder/Director of El Rincon Community Center and Clinic. Claude Pepper presided and entire Board of Directors were interviewed.


·         Invited by U.S. Congress to speak on U.S.-Cuban relations (past and present) to the Foreign Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere; was 1 of 4 Cuban American selected. 


·         Founder/President/CEO of a not-for-profit, civic and political action organization designed to promote solutions to problems confronting Cuban American community.  This included legal, social, economic and political

difficulties standing between the Cuban community residing in Cuba and the Cuban American community.


·         Active in Dade County politics for 5 years.





Certifications in Educational Leadership and Guidance & Counseling from the State of Florida




Towards Personality Development

(College textbook in Guidance and Counseling for high schools)


A Psychology for the Young Dominican

(High school textbook in Psychology)


Religion and Youth in Latin America

(A comparison study of youth in Caracas and Santo Domingo)






Juvenile Delinquency Today:  Analysis and Suggestion.

Presented at the Regional Symposium on Juvenile Delinquency, Universidad Nordestana, San Francisco de Macoris, D.R., January 1985.


Notes About the Future of Psychology in the Dominican Republic. 

National Congress of Psychology, organized by the Dominican Association of Psychology (ADOPSI), Santo Domingo, D.R., June 2, 1984.


Juvenile Gangs (with Ramos, C., Belliard, L., and Gonzalez, F.)

National Congress of Psychology, organized by ADOPSI, Santo Domingo, D.R., May 14, 1983.


A Master’s Degree in Community Psychology.

American Psychological Association, 90th Annual Convention, Washington, D.C., August 23-27, 1982. 


College Teaching:  Some Modifications to the Rogerian Method.

National Congress of Psychology, organized by ADOPSI, Santo Domingo, D.R., April 3, 1982.


Contributions of Community Psychology to Drug Preventive Education.

Organized by Casa Abierta, Archdiocese of Santo Domingo, National Public Library, 1981.


The Licentia and Master’s Programs of Psychology in Santo Domingo, D.R.

First Latin American Seminar on the teaching of psychology (college level).  Organized by the Universidad Central de Venezuela, Caracas, 1981.


From Rogers to Freire: Part II.

International Congress of Psychology, organized by the Interamerican Psychological Association (SIP), Santo Domingo, D.R., June 25, 1981.

Social Role of the Professional Psychologist in Santo Domingo.

Seminar organized by the Department of Psychology of the State University of Santo Domingo (UASD), November 26, 1980.

The Master’s Program in Community Psychology at the State University of Santo Domingo.

Symposium organized by ADOPSI in recognition of the development of community psychology in the D.R. and the contributions made by Jose R. Cruz.  National Public Library, October 15, 1980.


A New Role for the Community Psychologist.

International Congress of Community Psychology.  Havana, September 1979.


Rappaport:  A Critical Appraisal.

International Congress of Community Psychology.  Havana, September 1979.


The Foundation of the Department of Psychology of the National University Pedro Henriquez Urena (UNPHU):  1967-1969.

Organized by ADOPSI as an act of recognition to Jose R. Cruz, its first Director and Founder.  National Public Library, October 20, 1977.


Drug Rehabilitation Techniques for Santo Domingo.

Symposium of the half-way house concept of re-education.  Organized by Casa Abierta of the Archdiocese of Santo Domingo, June 1977.


Techniques and Therapeutic Style of Casa Abierta, Archdiocese of Santo Domingo.

Organized by the First National Congress of Psychiatry of the D.R., 1976.


The Moral Judgment of the Child According to Jean Piaget.

Published by:  Revista Casa Abierta, II, 2, 1976, 28-32.


Drug Addiction and Coercive Education.

Published in El Sol, Santo Domingo, May 13 and 14, 1974.


The Latins and the Americans:  A Comparative Essay.

Professional presentation at the Symposium of the Department of Philosophy of Loyola University of Chicago, September 1970.  Published by the Chicago Sun-Times, January 5, 1971.


Towards a Psychology of the Young Dominican.

In the Symposium of Psychosocial Studies, Santo Domingo High School of the Adrian Dominican Sisters.  Published in Estudios Sociales, II, 3, 1969, 143-147.