Important Information: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

All academic instruction will continue online through the end of the spring 2020 terms. Residence halls, and faculty and staff offices are closed. All events and activities are cancelled until further notice. Read more here for up-to-date resources and communications. For questions or to provide information that might be useful to the College, please email

Monday, July 31, 2017 - 3:30pm

Mercy College's Rossi A. Hassad, PhD, MPH, Professor, School of Social & Behavioral Sciences and President of the Faculty Senate, has been awarded the Diplomate Status by the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA), with the designation of “Clinical Mental Health Specialist in Substance Abuse and Co-occurring Disorders Counseling.”

The award recognizes both advanced practice and professional clinical expertise in clinical mental health counseling, and is the highest level of professional recognition. The AMHCA is the leading national organization for licensed clinical mental health counselors. “This award is truly a special honor and distinction, and a testament to the high level of expertise that the faculty in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences bring to the classroom in preparing our students for the counseling profession,” Hassad said. “Not to mention, there is a dearth and growing need for advanced practice clinicians with specialist training in substance abuse and co-occurring disorders counseling.”

Hassad possesses expertise in mental health counseling, epidemiology, and statistics. He joined the faculty of Mercy College in 1999, where he teaches in the psychology and counseling programs. Additionally, he serves as a member of the New York State Board for Mental Health Practitioners.

Hassad was officially awarded the AMHCA Diplomate Status on July 15th, 2017