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Joseph (J.J.) Ferrito, Psy.D.


NJ License #35SI00582400

Dr. Joseph (J.J.) Ferrito is a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist in New Jersey. He specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Dr. Ferrito has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults across a variety of levels of care including schools, outpatient therapy clinics, intensive outpatient treatment programs, partial hospitalization programs, residential treatment centers, and inpatient hospital settings. Dr. Ferrito provides individual and family therapy, as well as psychological and psycho-educational evaluations to address a wide variety of mental health concerns. Treatment offered by Dr. Ferrito can address a variety of concerns ranging from depression, anxiety, trauma, and behavioral difficulties, to parenting skills, social skills, and methods for promoting general well-being. Dr. Ferrito is strengths-oriented, solution-focused, and emphasizes active collaboration and communication with clients, families, and others involved in the client’s life (e.g., school, physicians, programs). Evaluations typically address questions related to accurate psychiatric diagnosis (e.g., depression, anxiety, ADHD), patterns of cognitive and academic functioning (e.g., learning disorders, processing difficulties), and social, emotional, and behavioral functioning so as to best inform treatment and intervention planning (e.g., to inform ongoing therapy, educational interventions, behavior interventions).

Dr. Ferrito’s research has focused on sustainable methods for fostering and assessing Social Emotional Learning and Character Development (SECD) in children and adolescents. He co-authored several articles on SECD and co-authored a book on the topic with Dr. Maurice Elias  and Dr. Dominic Mocceri (The Other Side of the Report Card,

Dr. Ferrito earned his undergraduate degree in Psychology from Marist College, Master’s Degree in School Psychology from Rutgers University, and Doctorate in Applied Psychology from Rutgers University’s Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology. He completed an APA Accredited Pre-Doctoral Internship at Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital in San Diego California. He then completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Forensic Psychology at Hackensack University Medical Center during which he received advanced training in the recognition, treatment, and assessment of risk associated with child abuse and maltreatment, as well as earned additional certifications through Montclair State University in Civil and Family Forensic Psychology and Criminal Forensic Psychology.  

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