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Dr. Luz Towns-Miranda

Dr. Luz Towns-Miranda

Psychologist

New York, NY, USA


Luz Towns-Miranda obtained her Ph.D. in Clinic Psychology in 1985 from New York University.  She obtained a post doctorate in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy in 1995.  Having pursued an internship in early childhood, she worked in Headstart programs in Newark.  She ran an Early Childhood Program at Bronx Lebanon, that worked intensively with autistic and behaviorally disturbed toddlers. She was principally involved a special Bronx initiative between the Office of Mental Health and NYFD to provide mental health services Juvenile Fire-setters. She became the administrator of the Child and Adolescent Service that was the largest child psychiatry service in NYC at the time. She went on to serve as administrator of the Geriatric Psychiatry service.

In 1993, Dr. Towns-Miranda obtained the position of Behavioral Science Coordinator at Bronx-Lebanon’s Family Practice Department. In 2000, she joined the faculty of the Department of Social Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center training family physicians in the biopsychosocial aspects of their medical care. She was been on the faculty of Albert Einstien College of Medicine from 1985 to 2009.

Dr. Towns-Miranda was involved with the Coalition for Hispanic Families since its inception, providing evaluations and psychotherapy for many of foster children in the agency. She oversaw the clinical psychology services from 1993 to 2003.

Dr. Towns-Miranda maintained an active involvement in the mental health issues affecting the Hispanic community. She was a founding member of the Association of Mental Health Professionals and was president of the organization from 1997-1999. She became an HIV trainer through the HOPE program of the American Psychological Association. She obtained EMDR training to provide more effective care to the traumatized individuals that she sees in her practice, primarily sex abuse survivors.  She volunteered to be a firehouse clinician to provide on-going data and support to a firehouse that had suffered significant losses. She is a member of the Trauma Specialization Certification Program Committee, NYU Postdoctoral Program of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, teaching about the impact of trauma on children.

Dr. Towns-Miranda has conducted custody and visitation evaluations for all five boroughs for over 20 years.  She was appointed to the New York State Psychology Board in 2000. She continues to serve. 

Dr. Towns-Miranda feels blessed to be married to her supportive and loving partner, Luis A. Miranda, Jr.  She is also the proud mother of her daughter Luz, who obtained her MBA from NYU and her son Lin-Manuel, a composer, lyricist and performer, who wrote the Broadway shows, In the Heights and Hamilton and recently received a MacArthur Award.

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