Amelio A. D'Onofrio

PhD

Amelio D'Onofrio

Clinical Professor and Director of the Psychological Services Institute

45 Columbus Avenue
Room 725
212-636-6434
amdonofrio@fordham.edu

Dr. D'Onofrio is clinical professor and director of the Psychological Services Institute in the Graduate School of Education at Fordham University. He has served on the faculty of Fordham's Graduate School of Education for the past two decades teaching advanced doctoral students on the art and science of psychotherapy and about the transformative power of relationship. His approach to psychotherapy and supervision is informed by attachment theory, the effects of faulty holding environments and insecure frames, relational psychoanalysis, and interpersonal neurobiology. As a teacher, Dr. D'Onofrio is passionate about his students' learning and continuously seeks to provide them an experience of the therapeutic rather than simply a conceptual understanding about the therapeutic.

His professional experience includes serving in a number of leadership capacities for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Centers in the New York Metropolitan area as well as serving on national taskforces responsible for developing VA-wide treatment protocols and establishing best practices in clinical services. He was Chief of Domiciliar Care (Residential Psychosocial Rehabilitation) for Homeless Veterans at the New York Harbor VA Health Care System and Chief of Education Service at the Hudson Valley VA Health Care System.

Dr. D'Onofrio is founder of the Institute of Psychoanalytic-Existential Psychotherapy whose mission is to offer advanced training for clinicians interested in working at greater depths with their patients and who seek a more sophisticated understanding of unconscious processes at play in the therapeutic endeavor. He is also founder of The Florence Seminars: Summer seminars held in Florence, Italy designed for individuals who wish to expand their clinical imagination and bring greater sophistication to their practice.

He maintains a part-time private practice in psychotherapy and clinical supervision in northern Westchester and New York City, and consults to schools and mental health agencies on matters of psychological well-being and clinical practice. He is author of Adolescent self-injury: A comprehensive guide for counselors and Healthcare Professionals (Springer Publishers, 2007).

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Education

Fordham University (PhD, 1995)
The University of Chicago (MA 1987)
Georgetown University (BS, 1985)

Research

Clinical Supervision
Developmental Psychopathology
Treatment of Trauma
Psychoanalytic and Existential Approaches to Psychotherapy
The Neuropsychobiology of Affect Regulation

Grants

Dr. D’Onofrio is the recipient of a $311,768 two-year training grant (D40HP26911-01-00 for Graduate Psychology Education Programs) provided by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The grant will fund the following project:

Structured Interventions Program for Inner City (NYC) Students and Parents Exposed to Chronic Stress (aka: In-School Traumatic Stress Treatment Program (ISTSTP))

The grant will fund 6-9 doctoral students in the Counseling Psychology Program over the next two years in a two-phase project. Phase I consists of selected doctoral students undergoing intensive training in the treatment of children and adolescents exposed to complex forms of traumatic stress. Phase II consists of the assessment, triage, and provision of treatment services through the implementation of an in-school treatment program at a number of underserved NYC schools.

The grant will fund students interested in developing an expertise in the treatment of trauma during the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 academic years.

Selected Publications, Presentations, and Workshops

D’Onofrio, A. (2015, August). Toward a Psychotherapy of Depth: Psychodynamics and the Interactional Unconscious. Five-day intensive seminar presented at the 2nd Annual Florence Seminars in Mental Health, Florence, Italy.

D’Onofrio, A. (2015, August). Cultivating the Therapeutic in Clinical Supervision. Five-day intensive seminar presented at the 2nd Annual Florence Seminars in Mental Health, Florence, Italy.

D’Onofrio, A. (2015, April). Containment and projective identification in treatment. Didactic training workshop present at the Mount Sinai Medical Center, Program in Adolescent Treatment, New York City.

D’Onofrio, A. (2015, March). Convened regional conference at Fordham University: Treating Trauma in Children and Adolescents. Keynote Address: Treating Trauma in Schools: A pilot project. New York City.

D’Onofrio, A. (2015, March). The healing power of the therapeutic frame. Didactic training workshop presented at the Fordham University Counseling Center, New York City.

Kiraly, Z., & D’Onofrio, A. A. (2015, January). Psychological Report Writing. Workshop presented in the Division of Psychological and Educational Services, Graduate School of Education, Fordham University.

D’Onofrio, A. A. (2014, October). Developing an attachment-informed counseling approach. Presentation made at the Westchester County Guidance Expo. White Plains, New York.

D’Onofrio, A. A. (2014, July). Healing psychological trauma: Attachment, mind, body, and brain. Five-day seminar presented at the 1st Annual Florence Seminars in Mental Health, Florence, Italy.

D’Onofrio, A. A. (2014, July). Advanced Principles of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. Five-day seminar presented at the 1st Annual Florence Seminars in Mental Health, Florence, Italy.

D’Onofrio, A. A. (2007). Adolescent Self-Injury: A Comprehensive Guide for Counselors and Healthcare Professionals. New York: Springer Pub.

D’Onofrio, A. A. (2013, November). On containment and the therapeutic frame. Inservice training provided for the clinical staff and trainees of the Mt. Sinai Medical Center Adolescent Clinic. New York City.

D’Onofrio, A. A. (2013, November). Psychological Containment and the management of self-destructive behavior on the college campus. Inservice training provided for the senior staff of the Yeshiva University Counseling Staff. New York City.

D’Onofrio, A. A. (2013, October). Developing a trauma-informed counseling approach. Presentation made at the Westchester County Guidance Expo. White Plains, New York.

D’Onofrio, A. A. (2013, June). Dignity for all students training workshop (DASA). Presentation made to graduating class of the Graduate School of Education, Fordham University, New York City.

D’Onofrio, A. A. (2013, January). Listening to Inner Spaces: Making Contact with depth in our patients and in our selves. Keynote address delivered at the New York College Counseling Center Conference. New York, NY.

D’Onofrio, A. A. (2012, October). Teen depression and self-harm. Presentation delivered to the entire student body of Loyola School. New York, NY.

D’Onofrio, A. A. (2012, October). Understanding the Bully: Learning to break the cycle of violence. Presentation made at the Westchester County Guidance Expo. White Plains, New York.

D’Onofrio, A. A. (2012, April). Understanding adolescent depression and self-destructive behaviors. Presentation made to the Loyola School Parent Association. New York, NY.

D’Onofrio, A. A. (2012, March). Victim and Aggressor: Paradoxes in the Inner Life of the Bully and What Adults Can Do. Workshop presented at the annual meeting of the Rockland County Psychological Society, New City, New York.

D’Onofrio, A. A. (2011, November). Interpersonal process in the supervision of the school psychologist. Workshop presented to the clinical supervisors at the Rosa A. Hagin Consultation & Early Childhood Centers, Graduate School of Education, Fordham University, New York City.

D’Onofrio, A. A. (2011, October). Self-destructive behavior of elementary and middle school aged children. Workshop conducted for the principals and mental health staff of the Nativity Schools, New York City.

D’Onofrio, A. A. (2011, October). Understanding the bully: Learning to break the cycle of violence. Presentation delivered at the 2011 Guidance Expo, White Plains, NY.

D’Onofrio, A. A. (2011, July). Dante and the hero’s journey: A model for transformational leadership (Or, the archetype of the truly loving leader). Paper presented at Cultural Treasures, an Educational Renaissance, The XII Annual International Catholic School Leadership Symposium, Florence, Italy.

D’Onofrio, A. A. (2011, March). Learning to love the bully: Breaking the cycle of violence. Featured Speaker at The Celebration of Teaching and Learning 2010, Presented by Thirteen and WLIW21, New York City.

D’Onofrio, A. A. (2011, February). Learning to love the bully: Breaking the cycle of violence. Clinical Grand Rounds, Fordham University, Graduate School of Education, New York City.

D’Onofrio, A. A.(2011, January) Technical considerations in psychodynamic supervision. Training workshop for senior clinicians presented at Fordham University Counseling Center at Lincoln Center, New York City.

D’Onofrio, A. (2010, March). The psychodynamics of clinical supervision. Training workshop for senior clinicians presented at Fordham University Counseling Center at Lincoln Center, New York City.

D’Onofrio, A. A. (2010, March). A cry for help: Understanding adolescent depression and suicide. Featured speaker, The Celebration of Teaching and Learning 2010, Thirteen and WLIW21, New York City.

D'Onofrio, A. (2010, February). Adolescent self-injury: Engagement, Intervention, and Treatment. Presentation delivered at the annual meeting of Professional Counselors, United Federation of Teachers, New York City.

Balzano, J., & D’Onofrio, A. (2009, August). The Self-Injury Assessment Checklist: A Guide for Clinicians. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Toronto, Canada.

D'Onofrio, A. (2009, May). The prevention counselor in the school: Managing expectations and maximizing impact. In-service training conducted for the mental health and prevention professionals of the Archdiocese of New York, New Paltz, NY.

D'Onofrio, A. (2009, April). Managing the difficult student in the classroom: Finding the person behind the behavior. Faculty In-service training conducted at Cardinal Hayes High School, Bronx, NY.

D'Onofrio, A. (2009, April). Attunement and the birth of the secure self Presentation delivered at: Empathy, Attunement, and Emotional Development: Listening to the Inner Lives of Children: A Conference for Mental Health Professionals. Fordham University, New York City.

D'Onofrio, A. (2009, April), The transformative power of listening. Presentation delivered at: Empathy, Attunement, and Emotional Development: Listening to the Inner Lives of Children: A Conference for Mental Health Professionals. Fordham University, New York City.

D'Onofrio, A. (2009, March). Ambivalence and guilt in the Psychology of St. Paul. Paper presented at the Annual In-service Training Day for Principals of the Brooklyn Diocese Schools, Queens, NY.

D'Onofrio, A. (2009, March). Complex Trauma and Child Development: Creating a Trauma-Informed Counseling Approach. Clinical Grand Rounds Presentation, Psychological Services Institute, Fordham University, New York City.

D'Onofrio, A. (2009, February). Cutting the Skin to Find Oneself: Understanding, Assessing, and Treating Self-Injury. Clinical Grand Rounds Presentation, Psychological Services Institute, Fordham University, New York City.

D'Onofrio, A. (2009, February). The Treatment of Complex Trauma. Psychology Grand Rounds Presentation, Jacobi Hospital Center, Bronx, NY.

D'Onofrio, A. (2009, February). The Treatment of Complex Trauma: Psychotherapy and the Brain-Mind-Body Link. Clinical Grand Rounds Presentation, Psychological Services Institute, Fordham University, New York City.

D'Onofrio, A. (2008, December). The Complex Trauma of Childhood, Ruptured Attachment, and Adult Psychopathology. Clinical Grand Rounds Presentation, Psychological Services Institute, Fordham University, New York City.

D'Onofrio, A. (2008, July). Ambivalence, guilt, and the search for self: From duality to wholeness in the Psychology of St. Paul. Paper presented at the IX International Catholic School Leadership Symposium, Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome, Italy.

D'Onofrio, A. (2008, March). The treatment of complex trauma: Understanding Brain-Mind-Body connection . Clinical Grand Rounds Presentation, Psychological Services Institute, Fordham University, New York City.

D'Onofrio, A. (2008, February). Adolescent self-injury: Engagement, Intervention, and Treatment. Presentation delivered at the annual meeting of Professional Counselors, United Federation of Teachers, New York City.

D'Onofrio, A. (2008, February). Adolescent self-injury: Pathogenesis, Assessment, and Treatment. Clinical Grand Rounds Presentation, Jacobi Hospital Center, Bronx, NY.

D'Onofrio, A. (2008, February). Cutting the skin to find the self: Understanding, assessing, and treating self-injury. Presentation delivered at: Self-Injury, eating disorders and suicidality: Understanding adolescent self-destructiveness. A conference for Mental Health Professions in the Schools. Fordham University, New York City.

D’Onofrio, A. (2007, April). Managing adolescent self-injury in schools. Presentation delivered at the annual meeting of the Rockland County School Counselors, Congers, NY.

D’Onofrio, A. (2007, March). Adolescent self-harm: A practical approach to early intervention. Presentation delivered at the annual meeting of the United Federation of Teachers: Healthcare Division, Albany, NY.

D’Onofrio, A. (2007, March). Adolescent self-injury: Pathogenesis, Assessment, and Treatment. Grand Rounds Presentation, Jacobi Hospital Center, Bronx, NY.

D’Onofrio, A. (2007, March). Adolescent self-injury: Pathogenesis, Assessment, and Treatment. Presentation delivered at the annual in-service training for the Bergen County Department of Mental Health, Bergen, NJ.

D’Onofrio, A. (2007, March). Adolescent self-injury: A primer for frontline professionals. Presentation delivered at the annual meeting of the United Federation of Teachers: School Counselor Division, New York City.

D’Onofrio, A. (2006, July). Adolescent self-injurious behavior: Diagnostic and treatment considerations. Presentation delivered at the Pace University, Counseling Training Program, Pleasantville, NY.

D’Onofrio, A. (2005, October). Adolescent self-injurious behavior: Diagnostic and treatment considerations. Presentation delivered at the Autumn meeting of the Rockland County Psychological Society, Congers, NY.

D’Onofrio, A. (2005, July). Adolescent Self-Destruction: A practical approach to assessment and treatment. Workshop presented at the Summer Counseling Institute, Fordham University, New York, NY.

D’Onofrio, A. (2004, November). Understanding Adolescent Sexuality: Jesuit Education in Dialogue with Popular Culture. Workshop presented at the annual faculty in-service training of Jesuit High School, Sacramento, CA.

D’Onofrio, A. (2004, September). Building effective teams: Using the MBTI to better understanding individual differences and strengths. Workshop presented at the annual faculty in-service of Loyola School, New York, NY.

D’Onofrio, A. (2003, October). Building Healthy Relationships with Students: Exploring the Issue of Professional Boundaries. Workshop presented at the annual faculty in-service of St Peter’s Prep, Newark, NJ.

D’Onofrio, A. (2003, September). “All Kinds of Minds”: Understanding and working with the special learning needs of students. Workshop presented at the annual faculty in-service of Loyola School, New York, NY.

D’Onofrio, A. (2003, February). Building Healthy Relationships and Maintaining Professional Boundaries. Responding to the Sexual Abuse Crisis: A Workshop for Jesuits and Their Colleagues. Workshop presented at the annual meeting of the New York Province Society of Jesus (The Jesuits), New York, NY.

D’Onofrio, A. (2003, January). How to handle difficult people and conflict. Workshop presented at the Leadership Development Institute of the Veterans Affairs Hudson Valley Healthcare System, Castle Point, NY.

D’Onofrio, A. (2002, October). Changing organizational culture and enhancing clinical practice. Workshop presented to the Executive Leadership and the medical staff at the annual leadership retreat of the Veterans Affairs Hudson Valley Healthcare system, Castle Point, NY.

D’Onofrio, A. (2002, September). Building Healthy Relationships with Students: Exploring the Issue of Professional Boundaries. Workshop presented at the annual faculty in-service of Loyola School, New York, NY.

D’Onofrio, A. (2002, June). The dance of change: Transforming leadership in clinical settings. Workshop presented at the Leadership Development Institute of the Veterans Affairs Hudson Valley Healthcare System, Castle Point, NY.

D’Onofrio, A. (2002, May). Developing mentoring relationships in clinical settings. Presentation delivered to the medical staff at the Veterans Affairs Hudson Valley Healthcare System, Montrose, NY.

D’Onofrio, A. (2001, June). Integrating psychiatric, vocational, and housing services in residential rehabilitation programs. Presentation delivered at the annual meeting of the National Domiciliary Care Program Chiefs of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington, DC.

D’Onofrio, A. (2000, June). Managing the dual-diagnosed schizophrenic patient in residential treatment programs. Presentation delivered at the annual meeting of the National Domiciliary Care Program Chiefs of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, San Antonio, TX.

D’Onofrio, A. (1999, April). The psychosocial rehabilitation of the dual-diagnosed homeless veteran. Psychiatry Grand Rounds Presentation, Veterans Affairs New York Harbor Healthcare system, New York, NY.

D’Onofrio, A. (1998, January). Helping geriatric patients manage stress. Workshop presented at the Veterans Affairs Geriatric and Extended Care annual conference, Brooklyn VA Medical Center, St Albans Extended Care Division, Jamaica, NY.

D’Onofrio, A. (1997, November). How to handle the difficult patient: A practical guide for the medical staff. Medical Grand Rounds Presentation, Brooklyn VA Medical Center, St. Albans Extended Care Division, Jamaica, NY.

D’Onofrio, A. (1997, February). Treating the dual-diagnosed homeless veteran. Workshop presented at the Psychology intern seminar at the Brooklyn Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY.

D’Onofrio, A. (1997, September). Treating the dual-diagnosed homeless veteran. Psychiatry Grand Rounds Presentation, New York Veterans Affairs Medical Center, New York, NY.

D’Onofrio, A. (1996, March). Understanding and treating depression on the college campus. Workshop presented to the annual inservice of the Student Affair staff of Fordham University, Bronx, NY

Ponterotto, J. G., Burkard, A. W., Rieger, B. T, Grieger, I., D’Onofrio, A., Dubuison, A., Heenahan, M., Millstien, G., Parisi, M., Rath, J. F., & Sax, G. (1994, August). Development and initial validation of the Quick Discrimination Index (QDI). Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Los Angeles, CA.

Lonow, D., & D’Onofrio, A. (1991, June). Tackling contemporary problems on the college campus: A psycho-educational approach. Workshop presented at the annual meeting of the Northeast Association of College and University Housing Officers, Storrs, CT.

D’Onofrio, A., & Lonow, D. (1990, October). Peer education on the college campus: A practical approach. Workshop presented at the annual meeting of the New York Association for Counseling and Development, Kiamesha Lake, NY. 

Courses

Frequently Taught

  • Clinical Supervision and Consultation in Counseling Psychology (PSGE7649)
  • Doctoral Practicum in Counseling Psychology I: Humanistic (PSGE7654)
  • Doctoral Practicum in Counseling Psychology III: Psychoanalytic (PSGE7656)
  • Doctoral Practicum in Counseling Psychology IV: Integrative (PSGE7658)
  • Interpersonal Neurobiology and Clinical Practice (PSGE6659)
  • Practicum in Supervision and Consultation in Counseling Psychology (PSGE7657)
  • Theories of Counseling (PSGE7620)
  • Theories of Family Therapy (PSGE5625)

Occasionally Taught

  • Adult Psychopathology (PSGE7615)
  • Advanced Measurement and Appraisal in Counseling (PSGE7610)
  • Advanced Personality Assessment (PSGE7609)
  • Field Experience III in Mental Health Counseling (PSGE6655)
  • Group Counseling (PSGE5630)
  • Intro to Counseling (PSGE5620)
  • Pre-Practicum in Counseling (PSGE5622)
  • Pre-practicum in Counseling (PSGE5632)

Website

Dr. D'Onofrio lectures widely to mental health professionals on a variety of topics in psychopathology, human development and psychotherapy in New York City and can be contacted through his website at: www.drdonofrio.com/