Mayra Humphreys joined the College of Staten Island’s Department of Social Work faculty in 2016. Her research focuses on restorative approaches with justice-involved populations in the criminal justice system. Currently, she serves as the principal investigator in an academic- community partnership with Community Connections for Youth (CCFY) on a research project that examines peer-mentoring interventions with justice-involved youth and adults. Additionally, her interest in critical multiculturalism has focused on evidence-based interventions and pedagogical approaches in social work education.  Her work has been published in the Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work, Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare and The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social and Community Studies.

Dr. Humphreys has 15+ years of non-profit leadership experience in organizational development, program evaluation, and community organizing. She has conducted participatory program design & evaluations for various asset-based interventions, mostly related to afterschool and positive youth development programs.


Ph.D. in Social Welfare Policy, The Graduate Center, City University of New York

MSW, CUNY Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, New York

Scholarship / Publications

Araujo Dawson, B., Lopez-Humphreys, M. (2015). Understanding the Role of Sex in Perceptions of Discrimination among Dominican Immigrants, The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social and Community Studies.

Lopez-Humphreys, M., Araujo Dawson, B. (2014). From Education to Action: The Immediate and Long Term Impact of Intergroup Dialogue on Students’ Social Justice Activity. Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work, 19, 31-43.

Lopez-Humphreys, M. (2011). A pedagogical model for integrating cultural competence within a social justice framework. The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, 6, 199- 214.

Mizrahi, T., Lopez-Humphreys, M., & Torres, D. (2009). The social construction of client participation: The evolution and transformation of the role of service recipients in child welfare and mental disabilities. Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, 36, 35-60.

Araújo, B., Williams, S., & Lopez-Humphreys, M. (2007). Examining the relationship between language barriers and life satisfaction among immigrant children: An evaluation of a pilot intervention. Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Services, 5, 61-76.

“Synergistic Opportunities: Faith-basedWork, Community Collaborations, and Influencing Policy.” In Social Work Matters: The Power of Linking Policy and Practice (pp.143-148). Edited by Hoffler, E. & Clark, E., Washington, D.C.: NASW Press, 2012.