Monika L. Son joined the Percy Ellis Sutton SEEK Program of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York (CUNY) in 2003 and was awarded tenure in 2009. She has served as a faculty, counselor and advisor over the years. In Fall 2012, Dr. Son began a new role in SEEK as the Counseling Coordinator, overseeing the intake, evaluation and assessment of counseling practices and interventions within the department. In her capacity as Counseling Coordinator, she works closely with her Department Chair/Director and serves as her college liaison on the CUNY Office of Special Programs Council of Counselors. She also works on various campus wide committees providing consultation on best practices for student success. From 2010 to 2012, she served as an Adjunct Lecturer at the Columbia School of Social Work where she supervised first and second year graduate student interns. In that time, she also worked as the coordinator of training for the CUNY Counseling Assistant Program preparing graduate counseling students throughout the various CUNY programs that had been assigned to the John Jay Percy Ellis Sutton SEEK Department.
Dr. Son completed her Master’s in Education and Counseling at the Fordham Graduate School of Education in 2002. She also received her license in Mental Health Counseling (LMHC) in 2006. In 2013, she was awarded a PhD in Developmental Psychology from the CUNY Graduate Center. Her dissertation entitled “Pathways of Activity: Lessons from Dominican College Students”, explored first and second generation Dominican students’ strategies for effectively navigating a wide variety of contexts (e.g., school, work, family, and neighborhood). Her analysis examined their educational efforts within a developmental framework including gender disparities and immigrant psychological processes. Her longstanding research on immigrants, identity and education allowed her to co –author a chapter in 2007, on immigration and school in the The Encyclopedia of Cross-Cultural Psychology. Dr. Son also has a number of conference presentations at the Tri-State Consortium for Equal Opportunity Programs 2013 and 2010, at the Winter Roundtable , Teachers College, 2012, the American Psychological Association (APA) in 2010 and the National Academic Advising and Counseling Association, 2006.
Dr. Son, who is also an experienced yogi and meditation practitioner incorporates the use of mindfulness in her counseling and supervision practices. In the Spring of 2013, she provided two presentations for her colleagues at John Jay and the Office of Special Programs Council of Counselors. The presentation, “Using Mindfulness in the Workplace”, incorporated guided meditation and experiential exercises to help participants become more aware of their moment to moment behaviors and how those behaviors might impact their efficiency and focus at work.