Sam Moncata Samuel J. Moncata, PsyD

samuel_moncata@williamjames.edu

Role(s)

  • Associate Professor

Degrees

  • PsyD, University of Hartford (Hartford, Connecticut), Clinical Psychology, 1990
  • MA, University of Hartford (Hartford, Connecticut), Clinical Practices, 1983
  • BA, College of the Holy Cross (Worcester, Massachusetts), Psychology, 1980

Teaching

  • Advanced Assessment: Integrated Team Clinic, 2001 - Present
  • Psychopathology of Childhood and Adolescence, 2009 – Present
  • Integrated Psychological Assessment, 2013 - Present
  • Assessment Seminar, Brenner APA Consortium, 2014 - Present
  • Child Psychotherapy, Spring 2015 – Present
  • Cognitive Assessment, Fall 2015 – Present
  • Psychological Assessment II: Advanced Cognitive Testing, 1994 - 2015
  • Psychological Assessment I: Cognition and Intelligence, 1994 - 2014

Research and Practice Interests

  • Developmental trauma
  • Integrated psychotherapy across the life span
  • Cross-cultural assessment
  • Learning style issues
  • Adolescent depression
  • Neuro-cognitive and personality assessment
  • Autistic spectrum disorders
  • Differential diagnosis

Professional Licenses and Certifications

  • Licensed Psychologist and Health Service Provider
  • Division of Professional Licensure, Psychology
  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Current License Expiration Date: June 30, 2018
  • Initial License Date: June, 1992

Publications and Presentations

Moncata, S. (2006). An Introduction to Asperger Syndrome: Information for Families of Children and Adolescents. Watertown, MA: AANE Press. Chpt. 2, The AS Child at School, pp. 40 – 44. (Funded by the Massachusetts Department of Mental Retardation’s Autism Spectrum Division).

Moncata, S. (1999). The Asperger’s diagnosis within the school setting. Asperger’s Association of New England Periodical, AANE Press.

Calicchia, J., Moncata, S., & Santostefano, S. (1993). Cognitive control differences in violent juvenile inpatients. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 49, (5). 731-740.

Calicchia, J., Santostefano, S., & Moncata, S. (1990). Predicting dangerousness in juvenile inpatients: The ecological validity of cognitive controls. Paper presented: APA Conference, Boston, MA

Santostefano, S. & Moncata, S. (1989). A psychoanalytic view of cognition within personality: Cognitive dysfunction and educating troubled youth. Residential Treatment for Children and Youth, 6(4), 41-62.

The Fourth Annual Panel on Boys' Education: Special Topic Area – Boys That Bully. Featured Speaker. Sponsored by the Association of Independent Schools in New England (AISNE) and the Community and Cultural Programming Department of The Fessenden School, in West Newton, Massachusetts. April, 2011.

Cambridge Hospital Professional Services, Department of Psychiatry. The Cambridge Series: Child Neurodevelopmental Disorders. The challenges of working with different learning styles: Accounting for children’s common cognitive “fingerprints” within the clinical process. January, 2004.

 

Continuing Education and/or Professional Development Presentations:

ICD-10-CM training session: DSM-5, we hardly knew ya. Workshop presented to the Department of Community Engagement at William James College. Fall, 2015

Careers in mental health: Psychological and neuropsychological assessment. Community event sponsored by the Admissions Department of the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology/William James College, October, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015

The developmental effects of maltreatment, catastrophic events, and relational trauma understood through the lenses of psychological and neuropsychological testing. In- service series presented to “The Red Batons”, a Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology/William James College service group, in preparation for their yearly mission serving “Hurricane Katrina” victims in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Fall, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014

Integrating projective personality data with cognitive, intellectual, and academic measures: A beginning primer for testing professionals working within school systems. A workshop series presented to special educators and school psychologists at Dover-Sherborn Regional Middle and High Schools, Dover, Massachusetts, Spring, 2009

Understanding common cognitive “fingerprints”: A guide to enhanced teaching and parenting for your child. A presentation to parents as part of the Parent Forum Series at The Fessenden School, January 2009

The burnout phenomenon within special education: Helping special educator’s deal with on the job stress. A workshop series presented to special educators at Dover-Sherborn Regional Middle and High Schools, Dover, Massachusetts. November, December of 2008

Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, Continuing Professional Education Programs: Getting more from the WISC-IV. Spring 2004, Fall 2004, Spring 2005

Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, Continuing Professional Education Programs: Brenner Center Lecture Series – Testing assessment round table. Program Moderator, Fall 2004

Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, Continuing Professional Education Programs: Getting more from the WISC-III: Cognitive “fingerprints” and effective bridge-building to the classroom. Fall 2000, Fall 2001, Spring 2002, Fall 2002, Spring 2003

Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, Continuing Professional Education Programs: Testing and assessment for the new millennium, Spring 2001

Diversity in learning: Understanding your child’s unique cognitive “fingerprint”. A workshop series presented to faculty and parents at Noble & Greenough School, February, 2000, February, 2001

The Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children, Third Edition (WISC-III) as a component of the independent school admissions process: Fostering a more sophisticated utility. A presentation to area independent school admission directors, February, 1999

Learning and teaching styles: Searching for common ground. A teaching workshop presented to the faculty of Brimmer & May School, February, 1998

Learning style differences in the classroom: A primer for independent schools. A teaching workshop presented to the faculty of The Fessenden School, April, 1997

Cognition and trauma: A yearlong curriculum. In-service series presented to the clinical staff of Children’s Charter, Inc., Academic Year 1996-1997

Current Professional Leadership and/or Concurrent Work Experience

August 1, 2014 – Present
Clinical Faculty, APA Consortium Internship Program
Leon O. Brenner Assessment and Consultation Center
William James College
One Wells Avenue
Newton, Massachusetts 02459

August 1994 – Present
Core Faculty
William James College
One Wells Avenue
Newton, Massachusetts 02459

August 1992 – Present
Founder, Clinical Director
The Center for LifeSpan Development, Inc.
91 Wyman Street, Suite One
Waban, Massachusetts 02468

Governance Committee Membership
Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology/William James College:

  • Faculty Evaluation Committee (1995 – 1999)
  • TED Task Force (Chair, 1996 - 2000)
  • Admissions Committee (1996 – 2002)
  • Assessment Task Force (Chair, 1996 – 2011, 2016)
  • Faculty Liaison Committee (Chair, 2004)
  • Steering Committee (2005)
  • Human Subjects/Research Committee (2004 – 2006, Chair 2006 -2008)
  • Faculty Stewardship Committee (2009 -2011, Chair 2012 – 2016)
  • Clinical PsyD Curriculum Review Committee (2016)

Prior Professional Leadership and/or Work Experience

January 2004 – July 31, 2014
Founder, Clinical Director
Leon O. Brenner Center Assessment and Consultation Center
William James College
One Wells Avenue
Newton, Massachusetts 02459

June 1990 – August 2009
Instructor in Psychology
Harvard Medical School
Department of Psychiatry
25 Shattuck Street
Boston, MA 02115

July 1993 – June 2009
Attending Child and Adolescent Psychologist
McLean Hospital
115 Mill Street
Belmont, Massachusetts 02178

June 1990 – June 1993
Assistant Child and Adolescent Psychologist
McLean Hospital
115 Mill Street
Belmont, Massachusetts 02178

April 1988 – August 1992
Director of Clinical Training, Staff Psychologist
Cognitive Therapy and Diagnostic Service
169 Grove Street
Wellesley, Massachusetts 02481

September 1986 – May 1989
Clinical Fellow in Child and Adolescent Psychology
McLean Hospital
115 Mill Street
Belmont, Massachusetts 02178

September 1983 – June 1985
Psychological Consultant
Avon Public School System
Avon, Connecticut 06001

January 2004 – July 31, 2014
Founder, Clinical Director
Leon O. Brenner Center Assessment and Consultation Center
William James College
One Wells Avenue
Newton, Massachusetts 02459

July 1993 – June 2009
Attending Child and Adolescent Psychologist
McLean Hospital
115 Mill Street
Belmont, Massachusetts 02178

Professional Affiliations

  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Massachusetts Psychological Association (MPA)

Community Engagement

Significant Honors, Service to the Profession:

  • 2006 Commencement, Faculty Address to Graduates, Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology/William James College
  • Massachusetts Psychological Association – Psychological Assessment Task Force

Social, Charitable Organization Service Activities:

Order of Sons of Italy in America
Grand Lodge of Massachusetts
Francesco DeSanctis Lodge # 1411
Natick, Massachusetts 01760
2014 – Present

Coach
Little League - Girls’ Softball Division
Natick, Massachusetts 01760
2008 - 2012

Board Member
Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, Board of Directors
1999 – 2009

Board Member
Hospice West, Inc., Board of Directors
1990 – 1999

Education Advisory Committee
Town of Needham
Needham, Massachusetts, 02492
1994 – 1995