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Coaching and therapy for positive personal and professional changes 

Climbing the highest mountain begins with just a single step

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"I am a Denver-based psychologist and business coach who also works remotely to almost all states. I feel honored to work with people who are invested in improving themselves, their families and their careers. My passion is helping people create a meaningful life and dive right into it."

Michael Vitulano, PhD
Licensed Child and Adult Psychologist 
(CT PSY #003957, WA PY #60607324, CO PSY #0006009)
Executive & Business/Career Coach

A curiosity for the unknown has drawn me to the helping profession. My approach is to meet weekly with clients to help them become more resilience while pursuing their personal and professional goals. My clients have said they appreciate my direct feedback and approachable, friendly personality.


As a Psychologist, I specialize in working with individuals with a variety of psychiatric complaints. I helped to start the OCD Intensive Outpatient Program at Seattle Childrens' Hospital. Currently, I am involved with the Yale University Medical School's Tics, OCD and ADHD clinic. My professional framework is eclectic and holistic. It integrates the benefits of a warm, empathic, therapuetic relationship with evidence-based interventions and your own personal interests and values. 


As an Executive Business Coach, I use a collaborative process of 1) goal-setting, 2) leadership development and 3) ongoing feedback from colleagues to build upon strenghts and understand areas of improvement. I draw upon empirical methods such as emotional intelligence, executive functioning training (ie, time management, organization) and a professional development plan.  Working with clients locally and globally, my work helps clients achieve meaning and purpose in their work while navigating challenges in the workplace.

I draw upon my background rich in a unique variety of experiences: travel, volunteerism and  sports. My athletic background provides me with first-hand experience in group dynamics and persistence in work ethic. Further, I obtained an abundance of experiential learning through travel and volunteerism in Central and South America. This helped me gain a new perspective: while we may come from different cultures and backgrounds, we are all more alike than we realize.

Formal Education

Michael Vitulano, MA, PhD, a native of Connecticut, earned his undergraduate B.A. degree at Wesleyan University, studying psychology and economics. He received his M.A and Ph.D. degrees at The University of Tennessee (dissertation: developmental trajectories of ADHD). He completed his internship/residency in child psychology at University of California Los Angeles, and a postdoctoral fellowship at Seattle Childrens Hospital where he continued work as an attending psychologist. Dr. Vitulano is also clinical instructor at Yale University's Child Study Center.

Selected Publications

King, R. A., Schwab-Stone, M. E., Bloch, M., Vitulano, M. & Peterson, B. S. (2023). Psychiatric examination of the infant, child, and adolescent. Comprehensive Textbook of Psychiatry, Kaplan & Sadock's Comprehensive Textbook of Psychiatry. 

Vitulano L.A., Mitchell J.T., Vitulano M.L., Leckman, J. F. Saunders, D., Davis, N., Woodward, D., Goodhue, B. Artukoglu, B. and Kober. (2022). Parental perspectives on attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder treatments for children. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry. 27, 1019-1032. doi:10.1177/13591045221108836

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.

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.

PhD Dissertation: Developmental Trajectories of ADHD and Substance Use (Published above in 2014):

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