Adam Gonzalez, PhD, Selected as Fellow for SUNY's 2024 Hispanic Leadership Institute

Adam Gonzalez, PhD, Associate Professor and Vice Chair of Behavioral Health, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at the Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University.Dr. Adam Gonzalez, Associate Professor and Vice Chair of Behavioral Health, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at the Renaissance School of Medicine (RSOM) at Stony Brook University, is among eleven Hispanic/Latinx leaders and allies to be selected as fellows for State University of New York's (SUNY) 2024 Hispanic Leadership Institute (HLI) class.

SUNY Chancellor John B. King, Jr. on Thursday made the announcement regarding Dr. Gonzalez and the 2024 HLI class. This marks the seventh class since the HLI’s inception in 2017. During that time, 60 fellows representing campuses from all four SUNY sectors have graduated from the program, including newly appointed HLI Director-in-Residence Doris Diaz-Kelly.

“By working to increase Hispanic and ally representation in leadership positions, the HLI provides its fellows with the skills needed to ensure they are represented at the decision-making table and know they’ll be valued and supported throughout their careers at SUNY,” Chancellor King said in a statement, adding that Dr. Gonzalez and the other class members “are role models to colleagues and students, and we congratulate them as they start their HLI journey. I would also like to thank our legislative partners for their continued and unwavering commitment to the success of the HLI.”

A licensed clinical psychologist and academic, Dr. Gonzalez is an expert in cognitive behavioral treatment for mood and anxiety disorders, relaxation and mindfulness-based treatments, and behavioral medicine. His research, including work focused on evaluating stress management and resilience training programs, has been supported by over $5 million in federal funding. He received his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from St. Francis College and his PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Vermont, then completed his postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School before joining the RSOM in May 2012. In Jan. 2015, Dr. Gonzalez became the Founding Director of Stony Brook’s Mind-Body Clinical Research Center, which seeks to improve the mental and physical health of individuals and communities through providing integrative mental and physical healthcare, conducting basic and applied innovative research, and training tomorrow’s clinical research leaders. He was appointed Vice Chair of Behavioral Health in Nov. 2022.

“I am incredibly honored to have been selected as a fellow for the SUNY HLI 2024 cohort,” said Dr. Gonzalez. “Thank you to SUNY leadership for this opportunity. I look forward to learning from others and doing my part to advance SUNY's mission.”

The HLI program is a rigorous six-month hybrid experience designed to identify, develop and recruit, and ultimately support, retain and foster the success of Hispanic/Latinx leaders and their allies at the University President and President’s Cabinet level (Provosts, Chief Financial Officers, Chief Business Officers, etc.). The curriculum for Dr. Gonzalez and his HLI peers will begin in January.