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Consuelo Cavalieri

Associate Professor

  • Education
  • PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison

    MEd, University of Idaho

    BS, University of Idaho

  • Research Interests
  • Early Childhood Mental Health

    Indigenous Psychology

Dr. Consuelo Cavalieri completed her Ph.D. in counseling psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As a doctoral intern at the University of California's Child Trauma Research Project, she served as a treating clinician in a randomized control trial of Child Parent Psychotherapy, and evidence-based approach to treating trauma in young children. Her doctoral research investigated the attachment representations of mothers of preschool aged children.

Dr. Cavalieri combines her interest in early childhood mental health with a focus on Indigenous perspectives on family and tribal wellness. She is interested in indigenizing early childhood psychotherapy for tribal peoples by drawing upon their knowledge systems and care networks to inform the healing process.

As a teacher, Dr. Cavalieri is passionate about advancing her students' critical thinking about their areas of interest, whether it is the development of a theoretical orientation or pursuit of a doctoral project. She enjoys integrating online technologies into her teaching and explores professional development opportunities in online environments.

Dr. Cavalieri actively cultivates professional relationships with local communities. She has been an invited speaker at the Minnesota American Indian Mental Conference, delivered guest presentations at the Indian Health Board in Minneapolis, and has been involved in a collaboration with the State of Minnesota and University of Minnesota to train early childhood mental health clinicians in developmentally informed evidence-based approaches across Minnesota.

Vang, T., Tindi, A.A., & Cavalieri, C.E. (2017, January). Giving voice to silenced epistemologies: Integrating ancestral and contemporary knowledge from African, American Indian and Hmong perspectives.  Roundtable conversation delivered at the National Multicultural Conference and Summit, Portland, Oregon.   

Cavalieri, C. E. (2014). Situating psychotherapy with tribal peoples in a sovereignty paradigm. Journal for Social Action in Counseling & Psychology, 5(3), 25–43.

Cavalieri, C.E. (2012, July) Towards sovereignty based practice: Rooting infant and early childhood (mental) health to lands and stories. Invited address for the Minnesota American Indian Mental Health Conference, White Earth Nation.

Outstanding Graduate Faculty Award, Minnesota Psychological Association