Psychology, Interamerican
60 Years of Clinical Psychology in Puerto Rico

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Cronología de eventos sobre la Psicología Clínica en Puerto Rico

How to Cite

Bernal, G. (2014). 60 Years of Clinical Psychology in Puerto Rico. Revista Interamericana De Psicología/Interamerican Journal of Psychology, 47(2).



This article examines the history of clinical psychology in Puerto Rico since its beginnings in 1946, summarizing the events that led to the field’s emergence and looking closely at the sixty years of its subsequent development. The information presented is based on a review of publications, theses and dissertations, and interviews with professionals working in the field. The objective of this article is to raise awareness and interest in the many chapters that make up the history of psychology. Clinical psychology in Puerto Rico can reach new heights if its practitioners are aware of its history.  Such awareness enables the creation of a socially informed discipline, firmly and conscientiously placed within the rich contexts of Puerto Rico.






Este artículo examina aspectos de la historia de la psicología clínica en Puerto Rico a partir de sus inicios en 1946. El escrito presenta el surgimiento en el 1946 y resume los hechos en los  sesenta años de su desarrollo. El trabajo se documentó a base de publicaciones, tesis y disertaciones, y entrevistas con profesionales del campo. Este trabajo pretende estimular el conocimiento y el interés por conocer y aportar a las “historias” de la psicología. La disciplina puede alcanzar mayor madurez si conoce su historia y así, se logrará la construcción de una disciplina socialmente informada y responsable de su entorno.

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