Rik Carl D'Amato



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Department Faculty

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School Psychology
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
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Rik Carl D'Amato, Ph.D. serves as a professor of school psychology for the Ed.S. and Psy.D. Programs in School Psychology and clinical neuropsychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP), Chicago. He joined the TCSPP faculty in 2013. He helped develop the new Psy.D. program and is chair of the Faculty Council for 2018-2019. He also serves as Associate 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 Excellence 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 (63 periodical publications and 10 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 international 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 19-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, and has done so for almost 25 years. 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 History
Degree Institution
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)
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
Area Expertise
Autism/Developmental Disorders Asperger’s
Autistic Spectrum
Social Development
Career/Workplace Issues Career Development
Employee Development
Employee Engagement
Employee Motivation
Performance Management
Talent Staffing and Selection
Work/Life Balance
Child & Adolescent Development Adolescence
Biological Development
Learning/Learning Disabilities
Parenting Styles
School Issues (Bullying)
Social Development
Social Development
Diversity Acculturation
Community Mental Health
Cultural Issues
Diversity Issues
Religion and Spirituality
Marriage & Family Blended Families
Collaborative Parenting
Neuropsychology/Neuroscience Applied Neuroscience
Clinical Neuroscience
Psychology Subdisciplines - Clinical Psychology
Subdisciplines - Counseling Psychology
Subdisciplines - Neuropsychology
Subdisciplines - Neuroscience
Subdisciplines - Positive Psychology
Subdisciplines - School Psychology
Subdisciplines - Social Psychology
School Psychology Academic Interventions
Cognitive Assessment
Cultural Diversity
International School Psychology
Positive Behavior Supports
Response to Intervention
School Law and Ethics
School Neuropsychology
School Supervision
Systems Change
Therapeutic/Theoretical Orientation Adlerian Therapy
Brief Therapy
Constructivist/Narrative Theory
Family Systems Theory
Group Counseling
Jungian Theory
Positive Psychology
Social Psychology
Solution-Focused Counseling Therapy