1994-1998, BS Biology - University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus
1998-2002, MD – University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine
2002-2006, General Psychiatry Residency – University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine
2006-2008, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship – Emory University School of Medicine
Dr. Aponte Rivera is a bilingual (English/Spanish) and bicultural child and adolescent psychiatrist interested in the mental health of minority children and families; particularly immigrant Latino children and their families. She has extensive experience working with immigrant communities through research activities, direct patient care and community service. The education and development of culturally competent physicians and mental health professionals are of great importance to her. Dr. Aponte Rivera is also interested in interdisciplinary approaches to patient care.
Years at Tulane:
"Global Ethical Issues in the Clinical Setting: Visas Not Required!" Clinical Case Conference - American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX, October 2015
Aponte-Rivera V, Dunlop BW, Ramirez C, Kelley ME, Schneider R, Blastos B, Larson J, Mercado F, Mayberg H, Craighead WE. (2014) Enhancing Hispanic Participation in Mental Health Clinical Research: Development of a Spanish-speaking Depression Research Site. Depression and Anxiety 31(3):258-67.
Dunlop BW, Binder EB, Cubells JF, Goodman MG, Kelley ME, Kinkead B, Kutner M, Nemeroff CB, Newport DJ, Owens MJ, Pace TWW, Ritchie JC, Aponte-Rivera V , Westen D, Craighead WE, Mayberg HS. (2012) Predictors of Remission in Depression to Individual and Combined Treatments (PReDICT): Study Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Trial. Trials 13(1):106.
“Green Card Missing: Ethical, Clinical and Systems Issues When Working with Children, Adolescents and Families Who Are Not Legal Immigrants” Clinical Case Conference - American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, October 2012
Aponte-Rivera, V and Dunlop, B.W. (2011) Public Health Consequences of State Immigration Laws. Southern Medical Journal 104(11):718-719. “Child Psychiatry in the Trenches: Clinical and Ethical Dilemmas when Treating Poor Children and Families” Clinical Case Conference - American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Annual Meeting, New York, New York, October 2010