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Catrina Vitagliano, Psy.D.

Catrina Vitagliano, Psy.D.

Title: Associate Professor of Psychology; Executive Training Director of Immaculata University's Psychology Internship Consortium; Director of Clinical Training

Department: Psychology and Counseling

Office: 14 Nazareth Hall

Phone: (610) 647-4400 Ext: 3464

Education:Psy.D., LaSalle University
M.A. in Clinical Psychology, LaSalle University
B.A., Psychology, LaSalle University
Licensed Psychologist, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania


Dr. Vitagliano received her doctorate in clinical psychology from LaSalle University, and she is a licensed psychologist in the state of Pennsylvania. She completed an internship through Immaculata University’s Pre-doctoral Internship Consortium, where she trained at Upper Bay Counseling and Support Services, an outpatient community mental health center.  She completed her post-doctoral training at Upper Bay Counseling and Support Services, focusing on psychotherapy and psychological testing with adults and adolescents.

Dr. Vitagliano has worked in a variety of clinical settings. She trained at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where she provided assessments and manualized treatment for children presenting with symptoms consistent with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.  She has also provided psychotherapy to students with Counseling and Psychological Services at the University of Pennsylvania. Currently, Dr. Vitagliano maintains her clinical work in private practice part-time, providing individual psychotherapy and diagnostic evaluations for adults, adolescents and children.

Dr. Vitagliano is primarily trained in cognitive behavioral therapy and holds a special interest in mindfulness and acceptance-based approaches to treatment. Research interests include exploring treatment outcomes and receptivity to acceptance-based approaches to treatment, as well as exploring professional and ethical issues associated with the practice of psychology.

Teaching Philosophy: 

As a faculty member in Immaculata University’s Graduate Psychology and Counseling Department, I approach teaching in a manner that serves to maximize students’ interest, and I encourage students to play an active and equal role in their learning. My goal is to foster an environment that is interactive and collaborative, where thinking critically and creatively is encouraged. I utilize my clinical experience to help bring life to the course content and help students transition from simply acquiring and memorizing information, to developing a profound understanding of how the course material applies to the professional world of clinical psychology.

Courses Taught: 

  • Professional Issues and Ethics – PSY 702
  • Human Development – PSY 705
  • Assessment in Counseling – PSY 641

Research Interests: 

  • Treatment outcomes and receptivity to treatment interventions
  • Acceptance and mindfulness-based approaches to treatment
  • Emotion regulation
  • Professional issues and ethics


Vitagliano, C. (August 2014). Acceptance-Based Behavioral Therapy for Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Comorbid Disorders. Guest speaker at Immaculata Pre-Doctoral Internship Consortium Seminar.

Professional Memberships: 

  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Pennsylvania Psychological Association (PPA)
  • Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS)
  • Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT)


The Effects of Valued-Living and Experiential Avoidance on Affect following a Brief Values Intervention

Committee: Jennifer Block-Lerner, Ph.D. (chair), LeeAnn Cardaciatto, Ph.D. and Andrew Wolanin, Psy.D.

Investigated immediate affective responses towards engagement in an acceptance-based values writing exercise in an undergraduate college sample. Examined how individual differences, such as degree of values-consistent living and experiencing avoidance, impact individuals’ receptivity towards values exploration.


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