Niara J Carrenard is a temporary Survivor Advocate in the Sexual Violence Response Office, joining the team as a staff member in December 2019. Niara was an Administrative Intern for two years at the SVR CUIMC location, where she planned and facilitated tabling events for Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Relationship Violence Awareness Month.
During her time as an Administrative Intern, Niara completed her Master of the Arts in Clinical Psychology at Teachers College Columbia University. She was a research assistant in the Psychology, Psychotherapy and Technology Lab, where she decoded Talkspace transcripts and analyzed the strength of the therapeutic alliance, giving her insight on the fundamentals of psychotherapy.
Prior to joining Sexual Violence Response, Niara was a Senior Counselor in social services at Union Settlement. Here, she provided support for and worked with children who were survivors of physical and sexual abuse and had various mental and physical disabilities along with providing support for their parents. Her Haitian-American background has fueled her interest in improving mental health and reducing stigma surrounding mental illness and therapy in her community. She does this through her weekly podcast and speaking engagements. Niara has spoken to hundreds of elementary and middle school students throughout Harlem and the South Bronx about the importance of mental health and continues to do so regularly. Niara is currently working on her New York State Department of Health Certified Rape Crisis Counselor Certificate. She is passionate about sexual violence trauma, intergenerational trauma and she is a strong advocate for mental health.
- M.A. Clinical Psychology, Teachers College Columbia University
- B.A. Psychology, Hunter College
- Senior Counselor at Union Settlement, 2016-2018
- Psi Chi: The International Honor Society in Psychology