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Dr. Peter DeNigris earned his Psy.D. in clinical psychology in 2004 from the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP) at Rutgers University. His general practice includes evaluating and treating adolescents and adults using a cognitive-behavioral approach, which is widely considered to be the most effective treatment modality for a multitude of problems. Two of Dr. DeNigris’ primary areas of interest include anxiety and mood disorders. Additional specialties include treatment of sexual behavior problems as well as forensic evaluations assessing parental fitness, level of risk, and fitness for duty.
Many of Dr. DeNigris’ clinical experiences involve working with children and adolescents who have experienced trauma. His research includes developing and implementing a model for treating adolescents affected by trauma who were resistant to traditional modes of psychotherapy. The model, called “Community-Based Intervention for Trauma-Affected Adolescents (CITA),” was applied to adolescents who were directly affected by the terrorism at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Dr. DeNigris remains active with traumatic response, as he is a certified Disaster Response Crisis Counselor for the State of New Jersey.
Prior to joining SPG, Dr. DeNigris was a managing partner at Associates in Psychological Services, P.A., where he worked for ten years. Before entering private practice, Dr. DeNigris worked for the New Jersey Division of Mental Health Services and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide mental health services to children and adolescents who lost parents on September 11, 2001. He also completed an internship in clinical psychology in the Department of Pediatrics at Hackensack University Medical Center. When not practicing psychology, Dr. DeNigris volunteers his time to the Department of Youth Ministry at his church and is the President of the Alumni Organization at the Graduate School of Applied & Professional Psychology at Rutgers University.Download CV
- October 2014-present: Managing Partner, Somerset Psychological Group, PA
- October 2009-present: Clinical Instructor, Department of Psychiatry, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
- March 2007-present: Clinical Supervisor, The Psychological Services Clinic, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University
- January 2008-present: Adjunct Assistant Professor, Drew University
- March 2007-June, 2019: Family Care Team, Emergency Trauma Department at Morristown Medical Center
- September 2016-August 2017: Part-time Lecturer, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University.
- October 2004-October 2014: Psychologist, Associates in Psychological Services, P.A.
- September 2008-May 2009: Contributing Faculty Member, The Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University
- September 1999-September 2005: Clinician, The Psychological Clinic
- July 2003-June 2004: Clinical Psychology Intern, Department of Pediatrics at Hackensack University Medical Center
- March 2002-December 2003: Crisis Outreach Counselor, Project Phoenix
- August 1997-March 2003: Director, Community Care Behavioral Health
- September 2001-May 2002: Intern, Family Intervention Services, Inc.
- September 2000-May 2001: Intern, Bonnie Brae Residential & Special Education Center
- September 1999-May 2000: Intern, John F. Kennedy Medical Center
- October 1996-May 1999: Coordinator, Self-Management and Recovery Training
- Psy.D.—Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Rutgers University, 2004.
- Psy.M.—Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Rutgers University, 2002.
- B.A.—Drew University, 1999. With Honors in Psychology.
PROFESSIONAL CREDENTIALS & LICENSES
- New Jersey Licensed Psychologist (#4410)
- New Jersey Disaster Response Crisis Counselor (#1119)
- The Division of Youth & Family Services Expert Witness/Evaluator Training— November 2004
- DeNigris, P.N. & Hiscox, S. (Spring 2016). Psychological and bonding evaluations in parental rights cases: One approach for structuring conclusions. New Jersey Psychologist.
- DeNigris, P.N. (February 2014). What to do if you walk in on Someone Trying to Commit Suicide.
- DeNigris, P.N. (February 2014). What to do if Your Loved One is having a Severe Panic Attack.
- DeNigris, P.N. (Summer 2008). Trauma in youth: Reactions and interventions. Journal of Psychiatry and Law.
- DeNigris, P.N. (Summer 2008). Book review of E.G. Mart. Issue focused forensic child custody assessment. In Journal of Psychiatry and Law.
- DeNigris, P.N. (Spring 2008). Book review of L.L. Schwartz. When adoptions go wrong: Psychological and legal issues of adoption disruption. In Journal of Psychiatry and Law.
- DeNigris, P.N. (2005). Book review of J.T. McCann. Stalking in children and adolescents: The primitive bond. In Journal of Psychiatry and Law.
- New Jersey Psychological Association
- Rutgers University—GSAPP Alumni Board, President