Hola! Soy Madeline...
Hello! I'm Madeline
It is such a pleasure to be meeting you here. To get to know me, I have added a little bit of who I am as a clinician, family member and humanitarian.
Madeline believes in teaching & empowering her clients to be their own therapists and advocates, and in working with community partners as allies to address issues in our communities. She confronts problems with teamwork and solution focused strategies. Madeline’s progressive leadership style and vision have resulted in four mental health programs successfully passing their license re-certifications. Her participation in writing several grant proposals, resulted in federal grants to create two innovative programs at Comunilife, Inc. targeting Latina adolescent suicide: “Life is Precious” and the “Bronx Grassroots Latina Suicide Prevention Program”.
Madeline was featured in the NASW’s Hispanic Heritage Month as an “Outstanding Therapist” in both 2008 and 2011 and in the Healthcare Foundation of Kansas City Program Spotlight Video in 2011. She has been invited to speak at Fordham University, Defiance College, and Missouri Western State University on: Latino Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, Effects of Bullying on Children’s Mental Health, and Ethical Decisions in Social Work Interventions. Madeline has collaborated with Spanish television network Telemundo/ Channel 47 on multiple news segments discussing child and adolescent mental health.In 2022 Madeline presented at the National Latino Behavioral Health Conference in Las Vegas, NV and at the NASW-NYC Social Work in the City conference on Addressing the Mental Health Implications on the Latinx/Hispanic Community via a Cultural and Competency Humble Lens. Madeline is the former chair of the NASW-NYC chapter Committee on Nominations and Leadership Identification (CNLI). She was featured in the first episode of the Latinx in Social Work Podcast in February 2022. She was also featured in the Beauteous Me Podcast segment “Mental Health in the Latinx Community”. Madeline has co-authored the book “Latinx in Social Work-Stories that Heal, Inspire and Connect Communities” and the Spanish translation “Latinx en el Area de Trabajo Social: Historias que inspiran y conectan comunidades”.
Madeline has a master’s degree from New York University Silver School of Social Work and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Hunter College of CUNY. She fluently speaks, reads and writes in Spanish. Madeline is currently the President & Owner of Madeline Maldonado, LCSW Consulting P.C. and is an adjunct professor and field advisor at Fordham University’s MSW Program. Madeline is an avid animal lover and shares her home with her adorable daschund Moofasah and handsome tabby cat Poombah.
Marcela B. Yussef, Ph.D / Psychologist
I have nothing but the utmost respect and admiration for Ms. Maldonado and feel privileged to know her, always an inspiring clinician, and a leader. From the moment I first met Ms. Maldonado, far too many years ago, during a professional training, I was immediately taken by how clinically skilled she is, as was readily illustrated by her insightful comments during the public discussion. Since then, I have had the opportunity to consult with her, I have read her comprehensive evaluation reports, and have had the good fortune of getting to know her. She is not only an astute clinician, but most importantly, she is warm, approachable, and truly cares. One tiny example of her commitment and how she goes the extra mile to care for those who are fortunate to work with her, be that as clients, both children and their families, as well as her colleagues, is how generous she always is, not just sharing her well informed clinical opinions, but always sharing additional resources to support the families she works with, and happily sharing such information with other clinicians as well, because her priority is to educate, support, and do her best for our community at large.
Kimberly McCoy, Esq., M.S.Ed./Senior Family Educator
Madeline Maldonado is a consummate professional and absolute pleasure to work with. I have recommended her services to various clients and they always rave about her. Madeline is relatable and has a knack of having difficult conversations with clients--while still instilling hope, helping them to see that while their path may be difficult, it is not impossible and can still be great. This is important when dealing with parents of children with disabilities.
Denora Phillips, M.S./Developmental Evaluator
Madeline elevates the field of social work to exceptional heights and works tirelessly to ensure that people from all communities and walks of life have equal access to resources. She is a warrior of social justice and truth. She gives a voice to and breathes hope in the lives of marginalized and oppressed people. She meets clients and families where they are at and skillfully listens to them in order to get to the root of the issues that affect them. She does not just offer solutions, but also arms her clients with tools to empower themselves and navigate challenges they will face in the future.