Ernesto Lira de la Rosa

Ernesto Lira de la Rosa joined Columbia Health in 2019. He completed his pre-doctoral internship at NYC Health and Hospitals Woodhull Medical Center in Brooklyn and worked with adults and children/adolescents in the outpatient clinic, mobile crisis team, and the pride health center. Prior to joining Columbia, he worked as a Psychologist in the Chemical Dependency Division and in the Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP) at Woodhull Medical Center.

He received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and trained in diverse settings, such as hospitals, community health centers, and nonprofits that provided mental health services to survivors of sexual abuse, veterans, racial and ethnic minorities, and members of the LGBTQ+ community. His professional interests include, trauma-related disorders, anxiety and depression, substance abuse, acculturation, first generation college students, racial and ethnic identity development, as well as sexual and gender identity development. In his clinical work, Ernesto draws from various approaches and strives to create a warm, supportive, and collaborative environment where healing and growth can take place.


• Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

• B.A., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Certifications and Licensure:

•Licensed to practice Psychology in New York State

Published Articles:

• Alomá, A., Lira, E. N., & López, M. (2013). Commercial Tobacco Use and Smoking Cessation for American Indian Communities, Prevention and Health Promotion: Research, Social Action, Practice and Training, 6(2) 16-26.

• Hunt, J., Alomá, A., Lira, E. N., Wohlers, H., López, M., & Sapp, M. (2013). Attitudes Towards Patients with a Mental Illness: A Comparative Analysis of Stigma in Counseling Students and Nursing Home Care Providers. The Wisconsin Counseling Journal, 27, 37-51.

Foreign Languages:

• Spanish


• American Psychological Association (APA) • National Latinx Psychological Association (NLPA) • LGBTQ+ Scholars of Color Network • Society for the Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity (APA Division 44)