Experience IS the Best TEACHER
Experience IS the Best TEACHER
READ about areas of Dr. Federici’s experience and how it can help YOU
Schizophrenia, Severe Depression, Paranoid Psychosis
Dr. Federici lived with twenty adult schizophrenic in a beautiful rural setting, at Earth House. Earth House was run by The Brain Bio-Center of Princeton University. He shared everyday activities with the residents, and came to understand the complexity and inherent difficulties in living with severe mental illness. There are many co-morbid illnesses with Schizophrenia, such as Severe Depression, Paranoid Psychosis, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Suicidal Behavior to name a few, that Dr. Federici worked with on an ongoing daily basis. Living together provided comprehensive insight into the depth of misery and daily struggles of severe mental illness. Dr. Federici devised strategies how to individually reach each resident while also providing significant data to the Brain Bio Center of Princeton University.
Conduct Disorders, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Crimes
While working at Bonnie Brae, a residential home for minors that had committed serious crimes, Dr. Federici began to better understand the dynamics of troubled juveniles. These challenged youths had a variety of disorders including Conduct Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and Learning Disabilities. Dr. Federici worked directly with the residents, and then as clinical director, he worked with their supervisors, their therapist, medical doctors and nurses, as well as the legal system. Dr. Federici was able to make an impact on their lives.
Abused, Neglected Children
As the director of Central Jersey Mental Health Center, Dr. Federici was responsible for a 250 patient facility for underprivileged youths with emotional and psychiatric issues. This very young population of children were neglected, abused, emotionally disturbed and profoundly traumatized. In order to advocate for these children, it was necessary for Dr. Federici to deal with the public and political side of psychological care and patient management.
Award Winning Instructor, Rutgers University
As an instructor at Rutgers University, Dr. Federici taught classes in Cognitive Psychology, Perception, Psycho-physics, and Statistics. He was voted Best Teacher three years in a row. Dr. Federici also taught psychology courses at the former University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ).
Prisoners, Effects of Jail, Victims, Legal System
As an expert witness for the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, Dr. Federici administered psychological testing on incarcerated men to determine their fitness to stand trial. Dr. Federici also interviewed the prisoners, and gained a deep understanding of the mentality of prison and the horrible effect it has on prisoners. Additionally, Dr. Federici spoke with victims of crimes, and their families.
Learning Disabilities, Child Advocate, IEP, 504
At Center for Evaluation and Counseling at Morristown Memorial Hospital Dr. Federici reviewed cases for possible errors by school systems. When needed, he administered psychological testing, to determine an accurate profile of the child. By meticulously analyzing test results, along with interviewing the teachers and parents, Dr. Federici was able to more preciously isolate any problems. Dr, Federici then ascertained if the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or the 504 Accommodation Plan, were actually meeting the child’s needs adequately. If more services were required, Dr. Federici worked with the family to successfully advocate for the child with The Child Study Team of both Public Schools and Private Schools.
Trained Judges How to Interview Children
Dr. Federici trained Family Court judges to question children in both custody cases and in abuse cases. Dr. Federici taught the judges how to more effectively communicate with children during the interviews. Dr. Federici taught the judges specifically how to help the child relax, and be forthright,He taught the judges how to interpret body language, how to detect when a child is being deceitful, or is just afraid, and most importantly, how to assure that the interview isn’t another trauma to the child.
Discovery Health Channel Programming
Dr. Federici was fortunate to become involved with programming at Discovery Health, a part of Discovery Channel when it was in its infancy. He worked with producers to develop programing to promote mental health issues.
Sports Psychology, Olympic Medal Winners
Dr. Federici has been personally involved in sports and fitness his entire life. Using the techniques of cognitive therapy, relaxation therapy and mindfulness training, Dr. Federici developed a technique to work with amateur as well as professional athletes in training them to attain peak performance in their game. He has worked with Olympic Medal Winners, and athletes from football to gymnastics with very positive results, especially in effectively eliminating the negative influence of performance anxiety. In February 2019, Dr. Federici completed a week long seminar given by Harvard Medical School, titled Exercise and Other Medical and Complementary Ground Breaking Techniques for the Treatment of ADHD, Aggressions, and Autism Spectrum Disorders.Dr. Federici has found even better results with integrating exercise in his treatment of some mental health conditions.
Multidisciplinary Board Profiling Sexual Offenders
Dr. Federici served as the psychologist on a Board of professionals studying Sexual Offenders. The board, which consisted of medical, psychological and legal experts, attempted to determine the characteristics of repeat sexual offenders. This type of analysis aids in creating an instrument to help professionals develop a profile to identify serial sexual offenders.
Psychology of Trial Preparation
Dr. Federici worked as a consultant to a New York based company devoted to handling trial presentations for very high profile cases. The nature of his work is strictly confidential, but Dr. Federici gained a more lucid understanding of the world of trial preparation and forensic psychology.
Reunification Therapy, Children of Divorce, Family Therapy
Dr. Federici provided Reunification Therapy for divorced families when one parent became estranged from their child(ren). Dr. Federici successfully assisted many families to mend their relationships and find suitable solutions for all parties.
Court Ordered Therapy, Child Psychology
Dr. Federici worked on ‘Court Ordered’ Therapy for minors, ordered by the Superior Court of New Jersey. The conflict between parents had to be severe and significantly damaging to the child for a judge to order mandatory therapy. Divorce brings out the worst in most people, and when children are involved, an irrational emotional element often escalates the situation to extraordinary levels. In those cases, inevitably, one parent would undermine the therapy, making it difficult to help the child.
Safe Driving Assessment for Seniors
After researching twenty years of driving studies and conferring with top experts in the field, Dr. Federici established a comprehensive evaluation program to profile each component of driving ability. Driving requires the coordination of mental and physical functions. Though the testing was able to be completed in less than two hours, it encompassed a wide range of testing. It was comprised of cognitive testing, reaction timing, sign recognition, motor assessment, field of vision and visual evaluations and more. The evaluation can determine very specific functional deficits, and provide suggestions and modifications to diminish the dangers associated with those impairments.
Speaker, Presenter, Lecturer
Dr. Federici has been a guest speaker, presenter and lecturer at universities and forums nationally and internationally. Dr. Federici enjoys sharing his ideas, and knowledge with others, in diverse topics.
Dr. Federici has had a wide range of training and extensive experience in diverse capacities, usually concurrent with his private practice. Dr. Federici is able to draw upon those decades of experience, along with his exceptional intuition and education, he is able to comprehensively diagnose and to successfully treat patients in many areas of mental health.
HOW DOES THIS BENEFIT YOU?
The extraordinary combination of a strong academic background coupled with Dr. Federici’s notable employment history encompassing many types of disorders, empowers him to readily recognize and accurately diagnose a wide array or mental disorders. Instead of diagnosing patients into hackneyed classifications, Dr. Federici, hones in on the root of the problem. Once the issue is pinpointed, Dr. Federici has the advantage of vast experience and can select the most effective treatment modality for the best results.
THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR EXPERIENCE
EFFECTIVE THERAPY BEGINS WITH AN ACCURATE DIAGNOSIS AND A PSYCHOLOGIST YOU CAN TRUST
DR. RICHARD FEDERICI