John G. Cottone, PhD

John G. Cottone, PhD


Licensed Psychologist #017050-1, New York

Area of Focus:

  • Mood disorders, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, personality disorders – with adults and adolescents
  • Existential and spiritual issues, religion and meditation; Eastern philosophy
  • Psychodynamic therapy, family systems therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy

Areas of Research Specialty:

  • Schizophrenia
  • Cannabis/Marijuana use
  • Executive functioning
  • Moral reasoning
  • Neuroscience
  • Neuropsychological testing
  • Statistics and research methods


Ph.D. in clinical psychology, St. John’s University

John’s Recent Articles

Professional Background

Dr. John G. Cottone is a psychologist in private practice in Stony Brook, NY, as well as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook. He is also the author of numerous peer-reviewed research publications – including articles and book chapters on psychotherapy outcome, executive functioning, schizophrenia, and Kohlbergian moral reasoning – and he’s had vocational and avocational contributions to The New York Times and The Washington Post.

Dr. Cottone has written several books and also maintains a YouTube channel – Mind Cube 3D – focusing on issues related to psychology, philosophy, and spirituality.

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.

Additional Publications:

Cottone, J. G. (2013). Who are you?: Essential questions for hitchhikers on the road of truth. Tucson , AZ: Story Bridge Books.

Cottone, J. G., & Wirchin, J. (2015). Z-score: How a statistic used in psychology will revolutionize baseball. Tucson, AZ, AZ: Story Bridge Books.

Cottone, J.G. (2023). Ketamine-assisted psychodynamic psychotherapy. Psychodynamic Psychiatry, 51, 4, 467-478.

Soon-to-be-released: Goodnight Monarch: A Story for Children About Reincarnation and the Game of Life

Peer-Reviewed Publications:

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.