Mercedes J. Okosi is a bilingual (English/Spanish) licensed clinical psychologist working on the Safe Mothers, Safe Children Project at NYU McSilver. Prior to joining the McSilver Institute, she trained in a variety of clinical settings including universities, K-12 schools, community-based clinics, and hospital systems providing intervention and assessment to individuals, groups, and families across the lifespan.
Dr. Okosi has experience treating populations with a range of complex and co-morbid psychological disorders and socioeconomic stressors. During her studies, she also worked part-time in HIV case management and advocacy as well as career development with young adults who were formerly homeless or aged-out of foster care.
Dr. Okosi’s primary interest is trauma in marginalized populations, in addition to psychodynamic psychotherapy, severe mental illness, personality disorders, and global mental health. She is dedicated to translating psychological clinical concepts and research into interventions that meet the needs of the most impacted communities.
Dr. Okosi received her Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology at New York University in 2013. She completed her Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) degree in Clinical Psychology with concentrations in Multicultural Psychology and Community Psychology at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University.