Dr. Elise Vandamia, EdD, LPC
Dr. Vandamia graduated from Penn State University in 1994 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology followed by a Master Degree of Science in Counseling Psychology and Certification for Secondary Education Guidance Counseling from Gannon University in 1998. She completed Post-Graduate course work (MAATI) at Indiana University of Pennsylvandia (2006) and went on to earn a Doctorate of Education in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University in 2014. Earning her Registered Mental Health Therapist (1999) in New Mexico led to her obtaining her Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) status in New Mexico (2001) and Pennsylvania (2006).
Beginning as a Counselor in an intensive residential treatment facility (ITU) for adjudicated delinquent adolescent females, Dr. Vandamia later became a Guidance Counselor for Secondary Education prior to relocating to New Mexico where she worked as an outpatient therapist. Dr. Vandamia has extensive experience in individual, family, couples, substance abuse, and group therapy. After becoming a part of an elite Access Team that specifically dealt with intakes/treatment plans/crisis intervention, she transitioned to the Director of a Dual Diagnosis Transitional Living Center. Relocating to Pennsylvania as a Program Coordinator for a female adolescent residential treatment facility she transitioned to a Team Leader for a substance abuse treatment program working directly with CYF and specializing in Trauma. Dr. Vandamia was an Assistant Online Program Director of General Education – Sciences at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Online Division (2006-2016) and continues as an Adjunct Faculty at AIP teaching various Psychology courses including Psychology, Cross Cultural Psychology, Personality Theories, Cognitive Psychology, and Organizational Psychology. In addition, Dr. Vandamia has also been an Adjunct Professor at the Community College of Allegheny County teaching various levels of Psychology since 2009.
Dr. Vandamia is proud to be a part of the Cognitive Behavior Institute as it compliments her beliefs and style of therapy in which all people can benefit from emphasizing their positive attributes, recognizing their strengths, and learning how to live a healthy life.