Rev. Dr. Melinda Contreras-Byrd
THE REVEREND MELINDA CONTRERAS-BYRD is a New Jersey state licensed psychologist and owner of the Generations’ Center. The center specializes in meeting the psychological and spiritual needs of all women, and both men and women of color. Dr. ContrerasByrd’s general areas of expertise involve issues of class, gender, ethnicity and faith; while her clinical areas of expertise are depression and anxiety. She has served as a clinical psychologist for juvenile offenders, homeless men, and adult substance abusers. Dr. Contreras-Byrd has directed programs for bilingual preschoolers and the intellectually gifted. She has been a professor of psychology, Christian and pastoral counseling, and black studies. For six years, she served as the special services advisor to the Office of the Dean of Students at Princeton University. In addition, she h served as a consultant psychologist and clinical supervisor for LifeTies, Inc. of Trenton and Ewing, New Jersey serving populations with backgrounds of abuse and neglect, including teens who were medically fragile, gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. She is a graduate of Rutgers University, the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology and the Princeton Theological Seminary. She serves presently as adjunct professor. She is a published writer and poet, and ordained elder of the African-American Episcopal Church, and joints her husband, the Rev. Vernon Byrd, Jr. Pastor in ministry at St. Matthew A.M.E. Church in Philadelphia PA.