Dr. Joseph Amato is licensed as a Psychologist and practices at The Center for Revitalizing Psychiatry in Sarasota, FL. He received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from NYU, in 1990. He completed his internship and residency at Mercy Hospital in San Diego California, and also a Clinical Fellowship in Child Psychology at The Newington Children’s Hospital in Connecticut (Now the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center). He served as the Suicide Prevention Coordinator for the VA Health Care Systems in the Greater New York Metropolitan area, from 2007 until March 2015. He was nationally recognized clinical leadership role in this groundbreaking work. For his work he was given the prestigious Federal Executive Board (FEB) “Call to Service Award" in 2010. Dr. Amato was an Adjunct Professor at UCONN-Stamford, from 1999 to May 2015. Before becoming a Psychologist, he served as a Roman Catholic Priest for 12 years from 1980 to 1992. His theological training was received from The Catholic University of America, in Washington.
Dr. Joseph J. Amato research interests are in the role of Religion and Spirituality in Suicide Prevention. His recent paper is titled: “Religions and Spirituality, neglected factors in Veteran Suicide Prevention?”, was published in the Journal of Pastoral Psychology.