Dr. Cardoso received her master's degree in counseling from Columbia University Teachers College and worked for two years as a vocational rehabilitation counselor in the South Bronx in a residential drug treatment program. She is a liscensed psychologist in the States of New Jersey and New York and a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. She received her Ph.D. in rehabilitation psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She completed a one-year clinical predoctoral psychology internship at Harvard University's, McLean Hospital and a postdoctoral psychology fellowship at Yale University's, Yale Psychiatric Institute. She has served as the President of the New York State Rehabilitation Counseling Assocation in 2002, the executive board of the National Council on Rehabilitation Education and on the American Psychological Association's Committee on Disability Issues in Psychology.