I obtained a Doctor of Psychology degree from the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Rutgers University, in 1982. To enhance my career in forensic psychology, I obtained a 2-year post-doctoral degree in neuropsychology in 2001 and a law degree in 2007. I have been a licensed psychologist in the State of New York since 1983.
I am President of Long Island Psychological Consulting, P.C. with several offices in Queens and Long Island. I was an adjunct faculty at Hofstra University from 1991 to2006 and developed and taught the course, Psychology and the Law. I performed hundreds of Competence to Stand Trial, Insanity Defense, and Conditional Release evaluations and was a forensic expert in several high profile cases: “Happy Land Case” in the Bronx (involved traveling to Cuba), “Staten Island Ferry Slasher”, “New York Terrorist Trial” of Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman and co-conspirators (involved traveling to Puerto Rico), and the “Little Chester Shoe Store Massacre” in the Bronx. I have traveled extensively and made presentations in Russia, Poland, Ireland, Mexico, Turkey, Puerto Rico, and Argentina where I was awarded the honorary status of Visiting Professor at the John F. Kennedy University in Buenos Aires. In April of 2012, I traveled to Cuba in my capacity as Secretary of the Long Island Hispanic Bar Association as part of a cultural-educational program that involved meetings with law school professors and students.
I was immersed in crisis work after 9/11 and appeared on many news broadcasts and shows. I created an organization, Sunshine Fund, while attending law school to provide relief to students affected by Hurricane Katrina. I made several appearances on Channel 12 News in 2011 and 2012 in connection to several bodies found in Gilgo Beach that involved the suspicion that they were victims of a serial killer.
I became actively involved in performing sex offender evaluations in N.Y. soon after the Article 10 civil management law was passed in 2007. I belong to several professional groups that evaluate and treat sex offenders and have performed many evaluations and testified extensively throughout the state.
I made frequent presentations at universities and professional organizations and have written several articles and presently am co-authoring an article with an attorney. Some of my more recent presentations include the following: I organized a conference on bullying that was held on September 30, 2012 at L.I.U.’s C.W. Post Campus. I was a presenter at the 18th Annual La Vision Hispanic Youth Conference sponsored by the Latin American Student Organization and the National Association of Puerto Rican and Hispanic Social Workers, Inc. held on October 5, 2012 at the Stony Brook University Student Activity Center. I organized a symposium held at the National Latino Psychological Association’s Biennial Conference on October 11 – 13, 2012 in New Brunswick, New Jersey. I made a presentation on violence risk assessment for Suffolk County Psychological Association on December 7, 2012. I made a presentation on forensic psychology as a panelist on Careers in Psychology hosted by the Molloy College Psychology Club at Molloy College on March 5, 2013. I was joined by attorney David Sperling in presenting a workshop at Adelphi University on March 14, 2013 entitled, Navigating the Turbulent Waters of Immigration: Asylum, Hardship, Removal, and U Visas. I made a Presentation sponsored by the New Jersey Neuropsychological Society held on March 22, 2013 at Children’s Specialized Hospital at New Brunswick, NJ, entitled, Neuropsychological Testing Among Hispanics: A Long Road Ahead, Ethical and Practical Issues. I made presentations entitled, Nuts and Bolts of Sex Offender Civil Management and Other Forensic Applications at John Jay College of Criminal Justice on April 24, 2013 to a graduate class in Criminal Behavior and Psychology, and to an undergraduate senior class in Criminal Behavior and Psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice on May 6, 2013. He is scheduled to make another presentation on December 4, 2013.
Dr. Aranda led a symposium entitled, Ethnocultural Issues in Evaluating Latinos on June 2, 2013 at the New York State Psychological Association’s Annual Convention in Manhattan.
Dr. Aranda has been actively involved in relief efforts in the aftermath of the terrible devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy. He made a webinar presentation on November 14, 2012 entitled, Emotional Impact of Hurricane Sandy. He made a presentation entitled, The Twin Sandys: Psychological Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy & Sandy Hook, a half-day conference addressing PTSD and psychological trauma pursuant to natural and man-made tragedies on September 13, 2013 at Adelphi University.
Dr. Aranda made a presentation at the Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture on November 3, 2013 entitled, Parenting a Mentally Ill Adult, in which he talked about his Tool Kit for Families of Hospitalized Mentally Ill Persons.
Dr. Aranda made two presentations, Navigating the Turbulent Waters of Immigration: Asylum, Hardship, Removal and U-Visas, and PTSD and Latinos: Assessment, DSM-IV-TR vs. DSM-5, Clinical and Forensic Applications, at the Latino Psychological Association of New Jersey’s conference at The College of New Jersey on November 22, 2013.
Dr. Aranda was a member of the New York State Psychological Association’s SAFE Act Committee reviewing the recent gun control law enacted in NY following the Sandy Hook shooting, and presently is a member of the Duty to Protect Working Group.
Dr. Aranda, because of his expertise in cultural competence, was invited to participate in the NASW National Think Tank Symposium on Achieving Racial Equality on November 18-19, 2013 in Washington, DC.
Dr. Aranda is an active member of the New York State Psychological Association (NYSPA). He is a Member-at-Large of NYSPA’s Executive Committee, NYSPA Council Representative of Nassau County Psychological Association (NCPA), Chair of the Psychology and Law Committee of NCPA, member of NYSPA’s Legislative Committee, Chair of NYSPA’s Membership Committee, member of Suffolk County Psychological Association and the Psychology and Law Committee, Member-at-Large, Board of Directors of the National Association of Puerto Rican and Hispanic Social Workers, Member-at-Large, Executive Board, Latino Psychological Association of New Jersey, Vice-President of the Long Island Hispanic Bar Association, and is on the Editorial Board of Noticias, the official publication of the Hispanic National Bar Association.
Dr. Aranda has held leadership roles in the Hispanic communities of Long Island spanning more than two decades. He was part of the first group of “pioneros” (pioneers) to attend the “Somos Uno” conference in Albany in March of 1990. Dr. Aranda has been a member of the Hempstead Hispanic Civic Association since 1989 and has served as President of the Board of Directors since 2002.
Dr. Aranda has received several awards throughout his career. He received Suffolk County Psychological Association’s Psychologist of the Year Award on May 31, 2013, and was honored by NYSPA with a Distinguished Service Award on June 1, 2013.
Dr. Aranda was honored recently in Hempstead for 25 years in practice by many professionals and politicians, and was awarded a Citation by the Mayor and Trustees of the Village of Hempstead on June 28, 2013.
Dr. Aranda is President of the Hispanic Neuropsychological Society.