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Chatham University

Counseling Psychology (PsyD) Faculty and Staff

Anthony Isacco Ph.D.

Anthony Isacco

aisacco@chatham.edu
Associate Professor, Director of Training for PsyD Program, Masters Programs Coordinator
Hometown : Pittsburgh
Joined Chatham : 2009

Academic Areas of Interest

I enjoy teaching in the Graduate Psychology Programs. Some courses that I teach include Foundations of Counseling Psychology, Practicum Supervision, Research Methods, and Vocational Psychology. My research and clinical interests include positive father involvement, religious and spiritual factors to men's health, and working with religious populations such as priests, deacons, seminarians, and women religious.

Biography

Hello! I have been at Chatham University since 2009. Before that I lived in Boston, Chicago, and Oregon as a professional student. As a native Pittsburgher, I was very happy to boomerang back to Pittsburgh and be part of Cougar Nation. I enjoy family time with my wife and four daughters, playing basketball, running, biking, going to the gym, watching the Steelers and Penguins. I drink a lot of coffee too!

Education

  • BA, Franciscan University Steubenville, 2002
  • MA, Boston College, Counseling Psychology, 2004
  • Ph.D., Loyola University Chicago, Counseling Psychology, 2009

Publications

  • Isacco, A., & Wade, J. (2019). Religion, Spirituality, & Masculinity: New Insights for Counselors. Routledge Publishing.
  • Isacco, A., & Tirabassi, D. (2018). All In: Breaking Barriers to Discerning the Priesthood. Lambing Press.
  • Garfield, C.G., Rothson, J., Fischer, S., Barretto, D., & Isacco, A. (2019). Development and validation of the Paternal Involvement with their Toddler Scale. Psychology of Men and Masculinity. 20(1), 148-160.
  • Singley, D., Cole, B., Hammer, J., Rowell, A., Molloy, S., & Isacco, A. (2018). Development and Validation of the Paternal Involvement with Infant Scale. Psychology of Men and Masculinity, 19(2), 167-183.
  • Isacco, A., Tirabassi, D., Porada, K., & Rogers, T. (2018). An examination of spiritual interventions to address problematic pornography consumption. Book chapter in T. Plante (Ed.), Healing with Spiritual Practices: Proven Techniques for Disorders from Anxiety and AIDS to Depression and Diabetes. ABC-CLIO.
  • Hofscher, R., Russell, E., Crabtree, M., Bennett, E., & Isacco, A. (2017). The Difference between National Guard and Reservists on Posttraumatic Stress Symptomatology. Journal of Military Behavioral Health.5(2), 157-162.
  • Isacco, A., & Wade, J. (2017). A Review of Theoretical Perspectives and Research in the Psychology of Men and Masculinities. In R. Levant & J. Wong (Eds.) The Psychology of Men and Masculinities (chapter 5). Washington D.C.: American Psychological Association.
  • Isacco, A., Sahker, E., Krinock, E., Sim, W., & Hamilton, D. (2016). How religious beliefs and practices influence the psychological health of Catholic priests. American Journal of Men’s Health, 10, 325-337.
  • Isacco, A., Hofscher, R., & Molloy, S. (2016). An examination of fathers’ mental health help seeking: A brief report. American Journal of Men’s Health. 10(6), 33-38.
  • Isacco, A., Hammer, J., Shen-Miller, D.S. (2016). Outnumbered but meaningful: A qualitative study of the experience of male doctorate students in psychology. Training and Education in Professional Psychology, 10, 45-53.
  • Isacco, A., & Mannarino, M.B. (2016). “It is not like undergrad:” The experience of male graduate students at an “all women’s college.” Psychology of Men and Masculinity, 17(3), 285-296.
  • Isacco, A.* (2016). Measuring masculinity: Developmental contexts, men’s health, and qualitative research. Psychology of Men and Masculinity, 16, 141-144 *Invited commentary as part of a special issue focused on masculinity ideology.
  • Isacco, A., Sahker, E., Hamilton, D., Mannarino, M.B., Fendenheim, M.E., & Sim, W. (2014). A qualitative study of mental health help-seeking among Catholic priests. Religion, Mental Health, and Culture. 17(7), 741-757.
  • Isacco, A., Warnecke, A., Ampuero, M., Donofrio, L., & Davies, J.A. (2013). Evaluation of a Leadership Program for Fraternity Men. Journal of Men's Studies. 21(3), 217-235.
  • Shen-Miller, D., Isacco, A., Davies, J., St. Jean, M., & Phan, J. (2013). The Men’s Center Approach: Ecological interventions for college men’s health. Journal of Counseling and Development. 91(4), 499-507.
  • Isacco, A. (2012, June). We are all prodigal sons: Spirituality can help redeem men's health. Op-Ed. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
  • Isacco, A. & Morse, J.Q. (2015). Male Graduate Students at a
  • Isacco, A. (2015, June).* Postpartum Depression: A Tough Reality for Fathers.
  • Garfield, C.F., Isacco, A., & Rogers, T.E. (2012). Men, Masculinity, and Health (pp. 1718-1730). In J.M. Rippe (Ed.). Encyclopedia of Lifestyle Medicine and Health. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  • Garfield, C.F., Isacco, A., & Sahker, E. (2013). Religion and spirituality as important components to men's health: An analytic. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine.7(1), 27-37.
  • Garfield, C.F., & Isacco, A. (2012). Urban fathers' involvement in their child's health and healthcare. Psychology of Men and Masculinity, 13(1), 32-48.
  • Brinkman, B., Isacco, A., & Rosen, L. (2015). College men’s experiences of gender prejudice. Journal of Men’s Studies. 24(3), 312 – 325.
  • Isacco, A., Talovic, E., Yallum, N., & Chromik, L. (2013). Addressing men's mental health with a strength-based approach. In J.M. Rippe (Ed.). Lifestyle Medicine (2nd Ed.). Boca Raton, Florida: CRC Press.
  • Isacco, A., Yallum, N., & Chromik, L. (2012). A review of gay men’s health: Challenges, strengths, and interventions. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, 6(1), 45-62.
  • Makahamadze, T., Isacco, A., & Chireshe, E. (2012). Zimbabwean women perceptions' of the Domestic Violence Act. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 27(4), 706-727.
  • Isacco, A., Garfield, C.F., & Rogers, T.E. (2010). Correlates of coparental support among married and non-married fathers. Journal of Psychology of Men and Masculinity, 11(4), 262-278.
  • Isacco, A. (2010, June). Father types. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
  • Davies, J.A., Shen-Miller, D.S., & Isacco, A. (2010). The men's center approach to addressing the health crisis of college men. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 41(4), 347-354.
  • Garfield, C.F., Isacco, A., & Bartlo, W. (2010). Men's health and fatherhood in the urban midwestern United States. International Journal of Men's Health, 9(3), 161-174.
  • Isacco, A. & Garfield, C.F. (2010). Child healthcare decision-making: Examining ‘conjointness’ in paternal identities among residential and non-residential fathers. Fathering: A Journal of Theory, Research and Practice about Men as Fathers, 8(1), 109-130.
  • Garfield, C.F. & Isacco, A. (2009). Urban fathers’ role in maternal post-partum mental health. Fathering: A Journal of Theory, Research and Practice about Men as Fathers, 7(3), 286-302.
  • Shalowitz, M.E., Isacco, A., Barquin, N., Clark-Kauffman, E., Delger, P., Nelson, D., Quinn, A., Wagenaar, K.A. (2009). Community-based participatory research: A review of the literature with strategies for community engagement. Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics, 30(4), 350-361.
  • Garfield, C.F., Isacco, A., & Rogers, T.E. (2008). A review of men’s health and masculinity. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, 2(6), 474-487.
  • Vera, E.M., Buhin, L., & Isacco, A. (2008). The role of prevention in psychology's social justice agenda. In M.E. Kenny, A.M. Horne, P. Orpinas, & L.E. Reese (Eds.), Realizing Social Justice: The Challenge of Preventive Interventions. Washington D.C., American Psychological Association.
  • Garfield, C.F. & Isacco, A. (2006). Fathers and the well-child visits. Pediatrics, 117, 637-645.

Certifications

  • State of Pennsylvania Licensed Psychologist. License #PS017182

Awards

  • Technology Teaching Fellowship, 2013-2015
  • Problem-Based Learning Teaching Fellowship, 2012-2013
  • Certificate of Merit, Division 18 of APA: Psychologists in Public Service, 2006
  • The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship, The Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows Program, 2006. Awarded for outreach to underserved high school students.

Organizations

Presentations

  • Select Presentations Representative of Research Activities
  • Isacco, A., & Wade, J. (2019, August). Religion, Spirituality, & Masculinity: New Insights for Clinical Practice. Co-chair of symposium presented at American Psychological Association annual convention, Chicago, IL.
  • Isacco, A., & Azzam, P. (2019, August). Reconstructing Dad: Conceptualizing Fatherhood in the Psychology of Men and Masculinities. Co-chair of symposium presented at American Psychological Psychological annual convention, Chicago, IL.
  • Isacco, A., Finn, K., Tirabassi, D., & Plante, T. (2019, August). Are applicants to the seminary and diaconate psychologically healthy? Poster presentation at American Psychological Association annual convention, Chicago, IL.
  • Isacco, A., Tirabassi, D., & Maede, K. (2018, August). A spiritual-sensitive approach to addressing problematic pornography consumption. Presented at American Psychological Association Convention, San Francisco, CA.
  • Isacco, A., & Wade, J. (2018, August). Integrating religion and spirituality in clinical practice with men. Presented at American Psychological Association Convention, San Francisco, CA.
  • Isacco, A., Tirabassi, D., Porada, K., & Delany, J.J., (2017, August). Are applicants to the Catholic diaconate and seminary programs psychologically healthy? A replication study. Presented at American Psychological Association Convention, Washington, DC.
  • Isacco, A., & O’Shea, M. (Co-Chairs) (2016, August). Translating research with National Guard and Reserve veterans into effective clinical practice. Symposium presented at the American Psychological Association Convention, Denver, Colorado.
  • Isacco, A., & Plante, T. (Co-Chairs) (2016, August). The integration of psychological research, practice, and policy with Catholic seminarians and priests. Symposium presented at the American Psychological Association Convention, Denver, Colorado.
  • Orbe, J. & Isacco, A. (2016, August). The psychosexual development of Filipino priests: A qualitative study. Presentation given at the American Psychological Association Convention, Denver, Colorado.
  • Isacco, A. (2016, August). Exploring the relationship between possible masculinities and spirituality in religious men. Presentation given at the American Psychological Association Convention, Denver, Colorado.
  • Singley, D., & Isacco, A. An investigation of psychosocial correlates of depression in fathers. Presentation that is part of Division 51’s (Men and Masculinity) program. 2015 American Psychological Association annual convention, Toronto, Canada.
  • Isacco, A., & Wade, J. (co-chairs). Examining the intersectionality of religion, spirituality, and masculinity in diverse men. Collaborative symposium sponsored by APA and Divisions 36 (Religion/Spirituality) and 51 (Men and Masculinity). 2015 American Psychological Association annual convention, Toronto, Canada.
  • Isacco, A. (2014, March). Can you pray with your clients? Presentation at Counseling Psychology in Action conference, Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Isacco, A. (discussant). A quantitative evaluation of new fatherhood: Implications for policy and practice. Symptom that is part of Division 51’s (Men and Masculinity) program. 2015 American Psychological Association annual convention, Toronto, Canada.
  • Krinock, E., Sahker, E., Kuwlewski, K., & Isacco, A. Perceptions of diocesan-level supports among Roman Catholic priests. Poster presentation in Division 36 (Religion/Spirituality). 2015 American Psychological Association annual convention, Toronto, Canada.
  • Isacco, A. (2014, June). I pray with clients! And other confessions integrating spirituality into my clinical work with men. Presentation at the National Psychotherapy with Men conference, Fullerton, California.
  • Shen-Miller, D.S., & Isacco, A., (2014, August). New applications and research of the Men’s Center Approach. Co-Chairs, Symposium at American Psychological Association convention, Washington, D.C.
  • Isacco, A., & Stocker, R., (2014, August). Connecting research to practice in multi-faceted ways with male veterans. Co-Chairs, Symposium at American Psychological Association convention, Washington, D.C.
  • Molloy, S., & Isacco, A. (2015, November). The developmental of a father involvement with infants scale. Biennial Perinatal Mental Health Conference, Chicago, Illinois.
  • Cole, B., Singley, D., Isacco, A., & Molloy, S. (2015, November). A social cognitive model of men’s adjustment to fatherhood. Biennial Perinatal Mental Health Conference, Chicago, Illinois.
  • Isacco, A., Sahker, E., Mannarino, M., Hamilton, D., St. Jean, M., Pizzuto, J. (2013, March). Catholic priests’ Dynamic relationship with God: Implications for health. Poster presentation for Division 35 Mid-Year Conference, Baltimore, Maryland.
  • Isacco, A., Sahker, E., Garfield, C., Molloy, S., & Ampureo, M. (2013, August). Father involvement as a mediator between religion/spirituality and health outcomes in a diverse sample of fathers. Symposium presentation at American Psychological Association convention, Honolulu, Hawaii.
  • Isacco, A.,(chair) Sahker, E., St. Jean, M., Pizzuto, J., Mannarino, M.B., Hamilton, D., Sim, W. (2012, August). Toward a holistic understanding of Catholic priests’ health and wellness. Conversation hour given at the American Psychological Association convention, Orlando, Florida.
  • Isacco, A. (2011). Understanding coparental support among married and non-married fathers. In C.Z. Oren and D.C. Oren (co-chairs), Context matters- Fathers across settings symposium. Annual American Psychological Association convention, Washington D.C.
  • Isacco, A., & Rogers, T.E. (2008, August). Examining paternal depression in coparenting. Poster presentation at American Psychological Association Convention. Boston, MA.
  • Garfield, C., & Isacco, A. (2008, May). A qualitative study of father’s health. Poster presentation at Pediatric Academic Society Convention. Honolulu, Hawaii.