Claudia-Santi F. Fernandes, Ed.D., LPC, MCHES, NCC is an adolescent mental health and wellness expert with experience in public schools, clinical settings, and research institutions. After completing her bachelor's, Dr. Fernandes taught and developed a compelling interest in bridging the achievement gap through school support services. This interest led her to become a bilingual school counselor where she supported student development through evidence-based counseling interventions and programs. As a career highlight, she played a leadership role in opening a Bard High School Early College in Newark, New Jersey. She was the Director of Student Activities and organized school-wide initiatives that concentrated on social and emotional learning and talent development as students worked toward a high school diploma and an AA degree from Bard College. Dr. Fernandes later became a project director at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence.
Currently, Dr. Fernandes is the Associate Director of the play2PREVENT Lab at the Yale Center for Health & Learning Games and an associate research scientist at the Yale School of Medicine. As part the Lab, she conducts research involving the design, development, and evaluation of digital health interventions and educational technology, including videogame interventions. Other research interests include evidence-based school interventions that improve adolescent mental health and wellness, student performance, and graduation rates; the translation of policies into practices; and, successful transitions from high school to postsecondary education/employment. She aims to use evidence-based research to inform federal-, state-, and local-level policies and provide support to schools in implementation. Dr. Fernandes also practices as a licensed professional counselor at Connecticut Psychiatric & Wellness Center. She received her BA from Villanova University, MA from NYU, and doctorate from Columbia University.
Education & Training
- EdDColumbia University Teachers College, Health & Behavior Studies (2017)
- MANew York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, Applied Psychology (2009)
- BAVillanova University (2003)
- Postdoctoral TrainingYale School of Medicine