Elizabeth Da Silva Cardoso

Professor of Counseling, Chair of the Department of Educational Foundations and Counseling Programs


Dr. Cardoso received her master’s degree in counseling from Columbia University Teachers College and worked for two years as a vocational rehabilitation counselor in the South Bronx in a residential drug treatment program. She is a licensed psychologist in the States of New Jersey and New York and a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. She received her Ph.D in rehabilitation psychology from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She completed a one-year clinical predoctoral psychology internship at Harvard University’s, McLean Hospital and a postdoctoral psychology fellowship at Yale University’s, Yale Psychiatric Institute. She has served as the President of the New York State Rehabilitation Counseling Association in 2002, the executive board of the National Council on Rehabilitation Education and on the American Psychological Association’s Committee on Disability Issues in Psychology.


Professor Cardoso’s teaching responsibilities have been at the master’s level with an emphasis on rehabilitation and school counseling, including clinical and didactic coursework in psychosocial aspects of disability, counseling and interviewing skills, practicum, internship, and individual clinical supervision. She is also interested in distance education and developed the counseling program’s first online course in psychosocial aspects of chronic illness and disability using the Blackboard web training software. The development of this online course was funded by the New York State Office of Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities. She has also received the Rehabilitation Services Administration Vocational Rehabilitation Long-Term training grant that provides tuition and a stipend to rehabilitation graduate students who want to pursue training as a professional rehabilitation counselor.


Professor Cardoso has published extensively in the areas of substance abuse assessment and treatment, multicultural counseling, psychosocial aspects of chronic illness and disability, and evidence-based practice. She has received an American Rehabilitation Counseling Association (ARCA) research awards in 2004 and 2005 for an empirical research papers entitled, “Readiness to change among individuals in therapeutic community programs for treatment of substance abuse” and “Rehabilitation counseling students’ attitudes toward people with disabilities in three social contexts: A conjoint analysis”, that were published in the Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin. Some of her research has been funded by PSC-CUNY, Junior Faculty Development Award, and the George N. Shuster Faculty Fellowship.


She has been awarded a $3.1 million grant by the National Science Foundation for her project “MIND Alliance for Minority Students with Disabilities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics,” designed to increase the quantity and quality of minority students with disabilities in the field of sciences at the high school, community college, college level and in the work force. She is also the Co-PI for the Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics, (StatsRRTC) funded by National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research for 4.25 million.