Christine D. Cea
Christine D. Cea was appointed by a joint session of the New York State Legislature to a five-year term as a member of the New York State Board of Regents effective April 1, 2009. She was again elected to a five-year term effective April 1, 2014. She holds the 17th seat on the Board, representing Staten Island, the newly created XIII Judicial District. Regent Cea brings to the Board her experiences as a researcher, educator, and advocate for individuals with disabilities.
Regent Cea is a researcher at the New York State Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities. She received her doctorate in Developmental Psychology from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Fordham University and completed a post-doctoral fellowship as Associate Director of the Developmental Disabilities Project at the Fordham University Center for Ethics Education.
In her work, Regent Cea has developed techniques to enhance the comprehension of persons with intellectual disabilities to enable participation in the informed consent process for health treatments and to understand their rights as research participants. She has authored articles and chapters concerning the rights and ethical treatment of persons with disabilities. Most recently, she co-developed and published a health promotion program now being used on Staten Island to encourage adults with intellectual disabilities to lead healthier lifestyles. She is also evaluating an initiative for individuals with autism spectrum disorders who are transitioning from school to work or college.
In her local community, Regent Cea advocates for better services, fairer treatment, and enhanced quality of life for persons with disabilities and their families. She is Vice-Chair of the Staten Island Developmental Disabilities Council, a consortium to ensure a continuum of services for people with disabilities, which is comprised of parents, local not-for-profit agency representatives, and city and state officials. Regent Cea is also a member of the Borough President’s Advisory Board on Disability, the board of directors of the Staten Island Mental Health Society, and serves on the local Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Human Rights Committee on Informed Consent, which reviews psychiatric and behavioral treatment recommendations for individuals without representation.
Regent Cea is an active member of both the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and the American Psychological Association and serves as a consulting editor to the journal, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. She has also taught psychology and sociology as an Adjunct Associate Professor at CUNY/The College of Staten Island.
Regent Cea has been recognized by Soroptimist International as a Woman of Distinction for her leadership in human rights for people with disabilities.
She and her husband Peter have two adult children, a son, Peter, Jr., and daughter, Stephanie, who has special needs.