Desirée Santos, LCSW-R, is a psychoanalyst and licensed clinical social worker in private practice with more than 20 years of experience as a psychotherapist, supervisor, lecturer, and program developer in the fields of hospital-based social work, school-based services, community-based health, and mental health. In August 2022, she became the Director of Professional Development for the Advanced Clinical Education Foundation (ACE). Prior to then, she worked at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City for more than 13 years as a clinician and then as continuing education program manager for the Department of Social Work Services.
Ms. Santos is delighted to be an adjunct at Columbia University, where she achieved a BA in Psychology and MS in Advanced Clinical Social Work. In addition, she is a Teaching Faculty Member at the Psychoanalytic Association of New York (PANY) affiliated with NYU School of Medicine, where she graduated from the post-master’s adult psychoanalysis training program. Ms. Santos also enjoys collaborating on various community-based initiatives to promote wellness, growth, and resilience among youth, adults, and families.
Her most recent and current projects include completing her doctoral dissertation, chairing a national Graduate Education in Social Work Committee, developing curricula for early-career clinicians in the community, and working with clinical education programs across the country as a professional development consultant. Clinical research interests include intersubjectivity, human development, narrative therapy, clinical training and supervision.