Coaching and therapy for positive personal and professional changes 

Climbing the highest mountain begins with just a single step

 
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"I feel honored to work with people who are invested in improving themselves, their families and helping those around them. My passion is people. I believe that creating a meaningful life and diving into it, is vital to personal and professional fulfillment."

Michael Vitulano, PhD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist (PSY 003957)

Executive & Life Coach

A curiosity for the unknown has drawn Michael to the helping profession. The core of his approach is engaging in genuine, productive dialogue, exploring challenges and pursuing goals. Michael's clients appreciate that he is approachable, direct and possesses a positive, open-minded attitude. 

 

Michael has long been involved in teaching and training graduate and undergraduate students, who have informed his work. He taught Developmental Psychology, trained in the assessment and treatment of executive functioning skills and has supervised numerous graduate students from top tier programs in Seattle. He learns and regularly seeks feedback from students and trainees to develop his professional weaknesses (which he is happy to openly share!). Further, he has been lucky to work alongside the best and brightest colleagues in his field at top academic institutions (U of Washington, Yale University). Working in interdisciplinary medical teams has lead him to adopt a holistic approach that integrates aspects of health, wellness practices, core values and personal interests. 

 

As an Executive/Life Coach, he uses an interactive process of goal-setting with ongoing follow-up to achieve sustainable results. He draws upon empirical methods such as emotional intelligence, executive functioning training (i.e., prioritizing time and task organization) and a feedforward process from colleagues.  Working with clients locally and globally, his focus includes leadership development, achieving meaning and purpose in work and navigating generational challenges in the workplace. This process results in improving productivity, job satisfaction and interpersonal dynamics. He regularly consults with a team of renown coaching colleagues and attends the national conferences, such as the Institute of Coaching. 

Michael draws upon a background rich in a unique variety of experiences. His professional skills are influenced by a background in travel, volunteerism and coaching sports. His athletic background provides him with first-hand experience in group dynamics and persistence in work ethic. Further, Michael obtained an abundance of experiential learning while backpacking and volunteering through Central and South America. This helped him gain unique perspectives in cultural differences, but more importantly commonalities in human nature. 

Formal Education

Research Faculty at Yale University Child Study Center

Bachelors in Arts - Wesleyan University (CT)

Masters and PhD in Clinical Psychology - The University of Tennessee

Predoctoral Internship - UCLA, Child Psychology Track

Postdoctoral Fellowship - Seattle Childrens' Hospital/University of Washington

Clinical Psychologist License in WA - PY 60607324

Clinical Psychologist License in CT - #003957 

Selected Publications

Vitulano, M. L., Fite, P. J., Hopko, D. R., Lochman, J., Wells, K., & Asif, I. (2014). Evaluation of Underlying Mechanisms in the Link between Childhood ADHD Symptoms and Risk for Early Initiation of Substance Use. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 28, 816-827.

Becker, S. P., Fite, P. J., Vitulano, M. L., Rubens, S. L., Evans, S. C., & Cooley, J. L. (2014). Examining anxiety and depression as moderators of the associations between ADHD symptoms and academic and social problems in Hispanic adolescents. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment,  36, 265-275.

Vitulano, L. A., Mitchell, J. T.,  Vitulano, M. L.,  Leckman, J. F.  Saunders, D., Davis, N., Woodward, D.,  Goodhue, B. Artukoglu, B. and Kober. H. (under review). Parental perspectives on ADHD treatments for children. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry.

Asta, L., Vitulano, L.,  Vitulano, M, Scandroglio, F., & Caffo, E. (in preparation). Screen time and mental health in youth. Journal of Pediatrics.  

Vitulano, L., Kober, H. Mitchel, J., Vitulano, M. Leckman, J., Saunders, D., Davis, N. Goodhue, B., Artukoglu, B. & Woodward, D: (under review). ADHD Parental Survey of Traditional and Non-Traditional Attitudes and Utilization. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 

Vitulano, M. & Vitulano, L. (2018). How to Deal Effectively with Difficult People at Work [Review of the book The Schmuck in My Office by J. J. Foster & M. Joy. 2017. St. Martin’s Press, New York, NY]. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry,
57, 982-983.


Vitulano, L., M. Vitulano, R. King and J. Leckman. (2015) Neurodevelopmental disorders: Motor disorders. In: Psychiatry, 4th ed, A. Tasman, J. Kay, J. A. Lieberman, M.B. First and M.B. Riba (Eds.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley
 

Vitulano, M., Fite, P., Wimsatt, A., Rathert, J., & Hatmaker, R. (2012). Gender Differences in Consequences of ADHD Symptoms in a Community-Based Youth Organization. International Journal of Behavioral Development. 36, 157-166.


Fite, P. J., Wimsatt, A. R., Vitulano, M. L., Rathert, J. L., & Schwartz, S. (2012). Examination of Peer Rejection and Depressive Symptoms as Mediators of the Link between Rule-Breaking Behavior and Poor Academic Performance. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 34, 164-171.


Fite, P., Vitulano, M., & Preddy, T. (2011) The positive impact of attending a community-based youth program on child depressive symptoms. Journal of Community Psychology, 39, 804-814.

Vitulano, M., Fite, P., Rathert, J., Gaetner, A., Wynn, P., & Hill, R. (2011). The Influence of Neighborhood Safety on the Relation between Caregiver Alcohol Use and The Risk for Child Symptoms of Depression. Journal of Substance Use, 16, 359-366.


Vitulano, M., Fite, P., & Rathert, J. (2010). Delinquent Peer Influence on Childhood Delinquency: The Moderating Effect of Impulsivity. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 32, 315-322.

Dissertation on Developmental Trajectories of ADHD and Substance Use:  https://trace.tennessee.edu/utk_graddiss/2869/