Nicole Vigoda Gonzalez

Nicole Vigoda Gonzalez, Psy.D., joined Columbia Health in 2017. Prior to joining Counseling and Psychological Services, Nicole completed a pre-doctoral internship at Jacobi Medical Center with rotations in neuro-pediatric developmental psychology, medical rehabilitation, and inpatient and outpatient treatment for adults. She has also completed clinical externships working with survivors of trauma, cross-cultural issues, crisis intervention and community mental health with English- and Spanish-speaking populations.

Nicole earned her B.A. and M.A. in anthropology from the Universidad de los Andes in her hometown of Bogota, Colombia. Later, she completed an Ed.M in psychological counseling at Teachers College, and a Psy.D. in clinical psychology at Rutgers University. In her clinical work, Nicole uses a primarily psychodynamic approach, yet strives to create an individualized treatment that best fits the needs of the patient. As a bicultural and bilingual woman, Nicole pays particular attention to aspects related to cultural identity that may impact the treatment. In addition to English, she is fluent in Spanish.


  • Psy.D., Clinical Psychology, Rutgers University
  • Ed.M., Psychological Counseling, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • M.A.,  Anthropology, Universidad de los Andes, Bogota, Colombia
  • B.A., Anthropology, Universidad de los Andes, Bogota, Colombia

Professional Experience:

  • Clinical Psychology Pre-doctoral Internship, Jacobi Medical Center
  • Clinical Psychology Externships: Columbia University Medical Center, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Bellevue Hospital Center - WTC Health Program, Psychological Clinic, Rutgers University, Foster Care Counseling Project, Bellevue Hospital Center – Bilingual Treatment Program
  • Research: The New York State Psychiatric Institute (Trauma and PTSD Program), Center for HIV Educational Studies & Training

Published Articles:

  • Florez Malagon, A. G., Millán de Benavides, C., González, C., & Vigoda, N. (2002). Introducción. In A.G. Florez Malagon, & C. Millán de Benavides (Eds.) Desafíos de la Transdisciplinariedad (pp. 3-19). Bogota, DC: CEJA 

Awards and Honors:

  • Grace Smith Award, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Rutgers University
  • Schulman Fellowship, Rutgers University
  • Peer Counseling Fellowship, International House of New York


  • American Psychological Association, Division of Psychotherapy
  • American Psychological Association, Division of Psychoanalysis
  • American Psychological Association, Division of the Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race

Languages Spoken:

  • Spanish
  • English