Andrew J. D’Amico PH.D. received his bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Swarthmore College in 1978, his masters of arts degree from the Department of Human Development, Bryn Mawr College in 1982, and his doctorate of philosophy degree from the Department of Human Development, Bryn Mawr College in 1986. He completed an internship in counseling psychology from the Glen Mills Schools in 1984 and began his training in family systems approaches at the Presbyterian Children’s Village in 1987. He received his Pennsylvania License in 1987.
Dr. D’Amico was trained in cognitive behavioral therapy by a nationally recognized expert and author in the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and anxiety disorders. While being mentored from 1987 to 1997, he learned some of the gold standards of treatment which include exposure and response prevention (ERP), behavioral activation (BA), mindfulness, and habit reversal training (HRT). Especially devoted to working with children, adolescents, and families, Dr. D’Amico adapted these techniques to his treatment of childhood disruptive, impulse-control, anxiety, and depressive disorders.
Since 2012 Andrew has taken a keen interest in the more contemporary third-wave behavioral therapies such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Relational Frame Theory (RFT) and Compassionate Focused Therapy (CFT). Trained by some of the most influential figures in these areas, he has used these methods in his every day practice over the last five years.
Dr. D’Amico is dedicated to enhancing the mission of behavioral and cognitive behavioral psychology. A past president of the Philadelphia Society of Clinical Psychologists PSCP, he helped shape the landscape of psychology at that time by ushering in the era of social media as a way of reaching those in need of mental health services. Having received recognitions from PSCP for his work, he has since, become actively involved in some of the premier cognitive behavioral organizations such as the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies ABCT, the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science ACBS, the International Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Foundation IOCDF, and the Anxiety and Depression Association of America ADAA. He serves on the membership committee of ABCT, helping to recruit new members to the organization. In addition, as past president of the Pennsylvania Chapter of ACBS, he strives to increase interest in the contextual behavioral sciences. He is co-founder of the PA ACBS Chapter affiliate, the Delaware Valley ACT Learners, a group of professionals dedicated to honing their skills in these newer protocols through training, supervision, and peer consultation. He recently presented his work at the ACBS World Conference 16 in Montreal.
In his thirty-fourth year of private practice, Dr. D’Amico enjoys the reputation of being a sought after psychologist in his areas. Rated as one of the top psychologists in the Greater Philadelphia Area by Open Care and Health Grades, he regularly trains other professionals who seek to increase their skills in the mindfulness-based behavioral therapies.