Sal Núñez

PhD. Capella University, Minnesota

MS. Nova Southeaster University, Florida

BA. Interamerican University of Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico

Sal Núñez, PhD is a licensed psychologist and marriage family therapist, researcher, educator, and community advocate. Sal is a senior associate adjunct professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies and has taught in the College of Mind-Body Medicine at Saybrook University. He is tenured faculty at City College of San Francisco and founding Director of their Community Mental Health Certificate Program, funded by the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH).

Sal developed the Medicinal Drumming therapeutic approach which incorporates indigenous medicine, behavioral medicine, and traditional Afro Puerto Rican rhythms. The practice has been endorsed by the San Francisco Department of Public Health, the National Network to Eliminate Disparities in Mental Health, and the University of South Florida through a research grant from SAMHSA. For the past 20 years he has been investigating the therapeutic effects of rhythms, medicinal plants, song, storytelling and ceremony on trauma. In 2017, with the assistance of the community and a team of researchers, Sal conducted a research project evaluating the impact of drumming on brain wave activity, cardiovascular response, respiration, and galvanic skin temperature.

In collaboration with SFDPH Sal created a mental health academy designed to train community-based service providers in the application of behavioral health and social justice interventions in marginalized communities. He is the President of Crossing Edge Consulting and maintains a private practice in organizational psychology and community-based mental health.

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