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Charlene Desir

Charlene Desir
Department of Education
(954) 262-8488
Office: DeSantis 4108


  • Ed.D. - Harvard University - Learning and Teaching
  • M.A./C.A.G.S.- Tufts University - School Psychology
  • B.A. - Tufts University - Social Psychology & American Studies

Dr. Charlene Désir is a professor at Nova Southeastern University’s Abraham S. Fischler College of Education and School of Criminal Justice. She received her doctorate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Dr. Désir’s academic interest is in the social, psychological, and spiritual adjustment of immigrants, specifically psycho-social trauma, and how psychosocial issues affect social, cognitive, identity, and spiritual development. Dr. Désir has presented various papers on the topic of immigrants and their adjustment to the US. She has also published on the topic of immigrant identity, spirituality, and becoming a reflective researcher. Dr. Désir founded the Empowerment Network (TEN), Global, a non-profit that supports the personal, spiritual, and academic development of women and students in Haiti and the US. She is a member of the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and the vice president of Kosanba, an academic association on the study of  PanAfrican Religions. She was the 2012 president of the Haitian Studies Association and a gubernatorial appointee to the Children’s Services Council in Broward County, FL. Dr. Désir has worked as a school psychologist, K-12 school counselor, school administrator, academic advisor, and professor.  

Areas of Research

Psycho-Social and Racial Development Immigrant Students and Academic Development
PanAfrican Spirituality
Black Psychology Qualitative Research
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