John G. Cottone, PhD

Biographical Sketch
Dr. Cottone received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from St. John’s University and has had clinical and research fellowships at Zucker Hillside Hospital, Northport VA Medical Center, Creedmoor Psychiatric Center, and Stony Brook University Counseling Center.

At Stony Brook Psychotherapy and Wellness (SBP&W), Dr. Cottone provides individual and group psychotherapy to adults and older adolescents (ages 16+). He also provides psychotherapy to couples and families. In addition, he has served as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University since 2019.

Dr. Cottone is a columnist/blogger for Psychology Today and maintains a YouTube channel - Mind Cube 3D - focusing on issues related to psychology, philosophy and spirituality. He is the author of numerous peer-reviewed research publications – including articles and book chapters on psychotherapy outcome, executive functioning, schizophrenia, and Kohlbergian moral reasoning – and has had vocational and avocational contributions to The New York Times and The Washington Post. Dr. Cottone is also the author of Who Are You? Essential Questions for Hitchhikers on the Road of Truth, a book of Socratic-style essays on psychological and spiritual topics, as well as Z-score: How a Statistic Used in Psychology Will Revolutionize Baseball, which details the benefits of applying standardized scores to baseball statistics for more accurate historical comparisons. Findings from Z-score were recently presented at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.

Therapeutic Philosophy
Dr. Cottone has obtained doctoral-level training in psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and family systems orientations of assessment and treatment. Though he primarily works from a psychodynamic perspective – helping patients uncover and understand the hidden patterns, relationships, and processes that underlie their symptoms – he will sometimes use interventions from cognitive-behavioral, dialectical-behavioral, and family-systems approaches when clinically appropriate. In addition, Dr. Cottone integrates Zen concepts into his treatment strategies, striving to help patients enact change without disturbing the delicate balances of their internal and external environments.

Dr. Cottone’s training in meditation includes doctoral level instruction in mindfulness meditation at the Stony Brook University Counseling Center for primary use in mental health contexts. Complementing Dr. Cottone’s formal training is his lifelong practice of meditation, including his participation in Buddhist, Zen and Hindu sanghas, along with his continued study of meditation techniques and their associated teachings.

Contact Information for Dr. Cottone:
Phone (Direct Line): 631-941-2211


Who Are You? Essential Questions for Hitchhikers on the Road of Truth

by John G. Cottone, Ph.D.

© 2013 - Story Bridge Books, Tucson, AZ

Z-score: How a Statistic Used in Psychology Will Revolutionize Baseball

by John G. Cottone, Ph.D. & Jason Wirchin

© 2015 - Story Bridge Books, Tucson, AZ

Peer-Reviewed Articles & Book Chapters:

Ashtari, M., Cervellione, K., Cottone, J., Ardekani, B.A., Kumra, S. (2009). Diffusion abnormalities in adolescents and young adults with heavy cannabis use. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 43(3), 189-204.

Cottone, J.G. & Kumra, S. (2008). Children and adolescents, in D. Jeste and K. Mueser's Clinical Handbook of Schizophrenia. New York, Guilford Press.

Ashtari, M., Cottone, J., Ardekani, B.A., Cervellione, K., Szeszko, P.R., Wu, J., Chen, S., Kumra, S. (2007). Disruption of white matter integrity in the inferior longitudinal fasciculus in adolescents with schizophrenia as revealed by fiber tractography. Archives of General Psychiatry, 64, 11, 1270-1280.

Cervellione, K.L., Burdick, K.E., Cottone, J.G., Rhinewine, J.P., & Kumra, S. (2007). Neurocognitive deficits in adolescents with schizophrenia: Longitudinal stability and predictive validity for short-term functional outcome. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 46,7 867-878.

Cottone, J.G., Javier, R. & Drucker, P., (2007). Predictors of moral reasoning: Components of executive functioning, and aspects of religiosity. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 46, 1, 37-53.

Roofeh, D., Cottone, J.G., Burdick, K.E., Lencz, T., Gyato, K., Cervellione, K.L., Napolitano, B., Hana Kester, H., Anderson, B., & Sanjiv Kumra, (2006). Deficits in memory strategy use are related to verbal memory impairments in adolescents with schizophrenia-spectrum disorders. Schizophrenia Research, 85(1-3), 201-212.

Cottone, J.G., Drucker, P., & Javier, R. (2002). Gender differences in psychotherapy dyads: Changes in psychological symptoms and responsiveness to treatment during three months of therapy. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training, 39(4), 297-308.

Javier, R.A., Baden, A.L., Cottone, J.G., & Denham, S. (2002). Taking adoption issues into the new millennium. Journal of Social Distress and the Homeless, 11, 127-130.