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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 provide therapuetic and business services to individuals in all areas of CO, CT and WA (soon to be 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 simple. I meet weekly with clients to help them therapuetically become more resilience while pursuing their personal and professional goals. My clients have said they appreciate that I am approachable, direct with feedback and possess a positive, open-minded attitude. 

 

As a Psychologist I specialize in working with individual with a variety of psychiatric complaints. While training and working at Seattle Childrens' Hospital, I helped to start their 1st OCD Intensive Outpatient Program. 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, therapuetic relationship with evidence-based interventions (such as CBT, trauma therapy, ACT, parent training) 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 trusted colleagues to achieve sustainable results. I draw upon empirical methods such as emotional intelligence, executive functioning training (ie, time management and task organization) and a professional development training model.  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. My professional skills are influenced by a background in 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 while traveling and volunteering through Central and South America. This helped me gain a new perspective:

 

while we come from different cultures and backgrounds, we are all more alike than we realize.

Formal Education

Yale University Child Study Center, Clinical Instructor

Seattle Childrens' Hospital, Postdoctoral Fellowship & Attending Psychologist

UCLA, Predoctoral Internship, Child Psychology Track

The University of Tennessee, PhD & MA in Clinical Psychology

 Wesleyan University (CT), BA in Psychology

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):  https://trace.tennessee.edu/utk_graddiss/2869/

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