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Dr. Stephen DiDonato came to Thomas Jefferson University with deep passion and strong evidence-based clinical skills in the professional counseling, specifically in child and family traumatic stress, domain. He completed his Master’s Degree in Counseling in 2012 from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his Ph.D. in International Psychology in 2017 from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Stephen is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the State of Pennsylvania and holds his National Certified Counselor (NCC) credential.

Stephen has clinical expertise working with children, families, and communities who have been exposed to potentially traumatic events. Specifically, Stephen’s clinical focus has been on enhancing the adaption to the inherently complex traumatic environments that children and families face in underserved communities. Stephen’s research agenda and scholarly work is primarily focused on how adherence to myths, implicit stereotypes, and restricted stereotypes influence how counselors (and other health professionals) engage with their clients.

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  1. Articulate how stress / trauma of social distancing impacts our relational brain
  2. Examine how COVID-19 has impacted their individual and cultural well-being
  3. Formulate a plan for caring for self during this period