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Rik Carl D'Amato

Department Faculty
  • TCS Education System Los Angeles
    The Chicago School Chicago
Department
School Psychology
Address
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Office Location
Office Phone
On-campus Ext.
Email
rdamato@thechicagoschool.edu
Website
Biography

Rik Carl D’Amato, Ph.D. serves as a professor of school psychology for the Ed.S. and Ed.D. Programs in School Psychology and Clinical Neuropsychology at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago. He also serves as Editor-in-Chief of the International School Psychology Association’s International Journal of School & Educational Psychology. From 2008 to 2013 he was founding Director of the Centre for Teaching and Learning Enhancement and Professor and founding Head of the Department of Psychology at the University of Macau (UM), Taipa Island, Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR), China. D’Amato is a prolific scholar and award winning professor.

Professor D'Amato has published or presented more than 400 books, articles, chapters, reviews, papers, posters, workshops, etc., including (57 periodical publications and 8 books), most of which address the integration of the practical and scientific aspects of ecological neuropsychology, schooling, interventions, and cross-cultural psychology. He also has presented across the U.S., in Europe, the Middle East, and in Asia. A hallmark of his career has been his collaboration with students or young professors and some 85% of his publications and presentations are co-authored with students or student-faculty research teams.

D’Amato is an elected member of the Society for the Study of School Psychology and was the only member elected while living abroad. He was awarded a Medal of Achievement for serving a distinguished term as Editor-in-Chief of School Psychology Quarterly, the American Psychological Association (APA) School Psychology Division journal.  For 18-years, D’Amato served as a Professor of School Psychology and in other roles such as a Research Center Director. Neuropsychology Laboratory director and Assistant Dean at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) in the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences. He was named an M. Lucile Harrison Professor of Excellence for outstanding teaching in the classroom, and an Albert M. and Jo Winchester Distinguished University Scholar for his research. He also was selected as Graduate Professor of the Year. Before working at UNC, D’Amato was Director of School Psychology at the Mississippi State University. D’Amato founded the Neuropsychology in the School interest group within the National Association of School PSYCHOLOGISTS’ (NASP) in 1987.

Dr. D’Amato began his career as a U.S. high school teacher and a school psychologist.  He serves as a site visitor reviewing chair for the APA. He was a NASP Program Reviewer for 22-years typically reviewing 2 programs a year. D’Amato was twice awarded the Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers award after being nominated by his students.  In 2005, D’Amato’s research group received the Best Applied Neuroscience Paper of the Year award from the Division of Clinical Neuropsychology of the APA. He was selected as a Senior Fulbright Scholar to train teachers and collaborate on curriculum re-design at the Liepaja Pedagogical Institute in Latvia (the Former Soviet Union).  He also taught in Indonesia. Dr. D’Amato is a Fellow in School Psychology and Clinical Neuropsychology of the APA.

Education
  • Ph.D., BALL STATE UNIVERSITY, 1987
    School Psychology Program (Educational Psychology)
    Specialization: Clinical Neuropsychology
    (American Psychological Association-Accredited Program)
    (NCATE/NASP-Accredited Program)
  • PREDOCTORAL INTERNSHIP, 1985/1987
    Ball Neuropsychology Laboratory/Memorial Hospital
    Ball State School Psychology Clinic
  • POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP, 1987/1989
    Clinical Neuropsychology
    Ball Neuropsychology Laboratory and Mississippi State
    University Neuropsychology Laboratory for Evaluation and Therapy
  • M.S., UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON, 1981
    Department of Educational Psychology
    Program in School Psychology
  • B.S., UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-WHITEWATER, 1979
    Psychology Education and Theater Arts
    (Speech) Education
    (NCATE-Accredited Program)
Licensure(s)
  • NATIONALLY CERTIFIED SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST. Currently certified by the National School Psychology Certification Board, National Association of School Psychologists, 1989-2018. Certification Number 13477.
  • NATIONALLY CERTIFIED COUNSELOR. Currently certified by the National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc., NBCC. 1998-2014. Certification Number 55476.
  • LICNSED SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST. Have held certification by the State Board of Education in Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Mississippi, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Currently certified in Mississippi.
Areas Of Expertise

Recent Editorial Activities

  • Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of School and Educational Psychology, Official Journal of the International School Psychology Association (ISPA)
    2011-Current.
  • Editorial Board, Applied Neuropsychology-Child.
    2010-Current.
  • Editorial Board, Psychology in the Schools.
    1988-1997; 1999-2010; 2014-Current.
  • Editorial Board, IPediatric Neuropsychology: A Journal on Normal and Abnormal Development in Childhood and Adolescence
    2014-Current.

Recent Publications

*Bolded Names signify work with students, graduates, or mentees.

  • Periodicals (National/International)
    • Titley, J. E., D’Amato, R. C., & Koehler-Hak, K.  (2014).  Utilizing teacher ratings of student literacy to identify At-Risk students: An analysis of data from the early childhood longitudinal study. Contemporary School Psychology, 18, 59-68. DOI: 10.1007/s40688-013-0005-3

    • D’Amato, R. C.  (2013).  Will you help us change our world? [Welcome and introduction from the Editor-in-Chief]. International Journal of School & Educational Psychology, 1(1), 1-3. DOI: 10.1080/21683603.2013.799026

    • van Schalkwyk, G. J., & D’Amato, R. C.  (2013). Providing psychological services and counseling in Pacific Rim countries: Where is school psychology in Asia? Introduction to the Special Issue. School Psychology International,. 34(2), 123-130.

              >        2010 Impact Factor  0.716; Psychology--Educational ranking 38 of 50.

    • D’Amato, R. C., van Schalkwyk, G. J., Zhao, B. Y., & Hu, J. (2013). School psychology in Mainland China. School Psychology International.

              >        2010 Impact Factor  0.716; Psychology--Educational ranking 38 of 50.

    • Yuanyuan, W. & D’Amato, R. C. (2013). Understanding and evaluating school psychology in Taiwan. School Psychology International.

              >        2010 Impact Factor  0.716; Psychology--Educational ranking 38 of 50.

  • Books
    • van Schalkwyk, G. J., & D’Amato, R. C. (Eds.). (in press).  Excellence in Asian university teaching: Collaborative construction of knowledge, attitudes, and skills (Vol. I).  New York, NY: Springer.

    • van Schalkwyk, G. J., & D’Amato, R. C. (Eds.). (in press).  Excellence in Asian university teaching: Practical and Theoretical implications for successful teaching and learning (Vol. II). New York, NY: Springer.

    • Zaroff, C., & D’Amato, R. C. (Eds.). (in press).  Neuropsychology of men. (submitted as part of the Issues of Diversity in Clinical Neuropsychology series). New York, NY: Springer.

    • Davis, J. M., & D’Amato, R. C.  (Eds.). (2014).  Neuropsychology of Asians and Asian-Americans: Theory and Practice.  (part of the Issues of Diversity in Clinical Neuropsychology series).  New York, NY: Springer.

  • Book Chapters
    • Wang, Y. Y, & D’Amato, R. C.  (in press).  Why must we understand a brain-based approach to collaborative teaching if we are to succeed with Asian learners.  In G. J. van Schalkwyk & R. C. D’Amato (Eds.), Excellence in Asian university teaching: Collaborative construction of knowledge, attitudes, and skills.  New York, NY: Springer.

    • Zaroff, C., D’Amato, R. C., & Smith, J. P.  (2014).  Understanding the cognitive development of Asian and Asian-American clients. In J. M. Davis & R. C. D’Amato (Eds), The neuropsychology of Asian-Americans.  New York, NY: Springer.

    • D’Amato, R. C., Wang, Y. Y. & Davis, J. M.  (2014).  What we need to know before serving Asian and Asian American Clients? In J. M. Davis & R. C. D’Amato (Eds), The neuropsychology of Asian-Americans.  New York, NY: Springer.

  • Book Reviews
    • D’Amato, R. C., & Power, E. M.  (2014). Who needs neuropsychological rehabilitation?  Review of C. A. Noggle, R. S. Dean, & M. T. Bariosa’s Neuropsychological Rehabilitation.  PsycCRITIQUES, 56, 6.

  • Test Reviews
    • Wang, Y. Y., & D’Amato, R. C.  (in press).  Review of The Calibrated Neuropsychological Normative System. In J. Impara & B. Plake (Eds.), Buros 19th Measurements Yearbook (pp. 000-000). Lincoln, NE: Buros Institute of Mental Measurements.