Posted: 02/20/2014

The Hispanic Counseling Center’s Board of Directors is very proud to announce the appointment of Maria Muñoz Kantha Ph.D., LCSW-R as the newly elected Chief Executive Officer.

Dr. Muñoz Kantha is a motivational speaker, trainer on diversity, leadership and sexual harassment.

She is also a Mental Health consultant to Head Start Programs in the Tri-State Area. She isan independent consultant hired by not for profit child welfare agencies, Head Start and Daycare to provide on-site observations, staff and parent education workshops on child development and developing a agency child centered systems approach. Professional specialties include expertise in, but, not limited to: Head Start Performance Standards, Mental Health and Organizational management systems development.

Dr. Muñoz Kantha is the founder and past president of Hispanic Women Leaders of Westchester County, Inc;. She was born in Puerto Rico and raised in the South Bronx for the first 22 years of her life. She has extensive experience working with diverse families in the South Bronx and Westchester County, and is known for her community involvement, activism, and leadership and as a human rights advocate. She is also known for her clinical work with criminals and sociopaths in Family Court and the NYC Criminal Court system. Dr. Muñoz Kantha received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, a Masters in Social Work, and a Doctorate in Philosophy, with specialization in Children, Adolescents and Families, all from New York University.

She was recognized in 1999 by el Diario, La Prensa as one of the top fifty Latinas in the USA. In the year 2000, she received the Headliner Award from the Association of Women in Communications. In addition, she is the recipient of numerous awards in women's issues, politics, education, mental health and drug enforcement administration. In 1996, she was appointed to the commission of Child Abuse and to the Westchester County Board of Legislatures Task Force on Families. She also served as a member of the Westchester District Attorney's Committee on Community Affairs.

Dr. Muñoz Kantha has worked as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia University School of Social Work, Hunter College Graduate School of Social Work, and as an Adjunct Associate Professor at Fordham University Graduate School of Social Services. She has various publications, namely community articles on child abuse, selections of nursery schools, a textbook chapter for the CUNY System on Family Violence and Dimensions of the Problem. Most recently, she conducted a Day Laborer’s research project in the City of New Rochelle and Mamaroneck in conjunction with the city government and police department. 

She is also a volunteer Mental Health Provider for the Red Cross, has traveled to Puerto Rico to work on the psychological aftermath of Hurricane Georges. She has served on the board of Directors of the Northern Westchester Shelter for Battered Women, Junior League, Lions Club, the Puerto Rican Day Parade Foundation, UNA VOZ, Ser of Westchester, etc. She is an active fundraiser for many Hispanic programs and organizations in WestchesterCounty such as the YWCA, women organizations, Bellas Artes Business Council, and the Ursuline outreach center to learn English as a second language. 


Maria Muñoz Kantha Ph.D., LCSW-R can be reached at: tel:  516-538-2613.