Lisa C. Amato

Position at CCPH: Psychiatric Social Worker

Years at UMass: September 2022-Present


University of Massachusetts, Amherst (PhD), 2018—2022;

Smith College School for Social Work (MSW), 2005 – 2007;

NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study (MA), 2000—2002;

SUNY Buffalo, American Studies (BA), 1992—1996

About Me:

Since graduating with my MSW in 2007 I have worked primarily in Holyoke and Amherst, Massachusetts as a community-based, school-based, and private practice therapist.


My clinical work focuses largely on relationship and attachment in the treatment of trauma, depression, and anxiety. I incorporate fundamentals and principles from multiple psychodynamic schools of thought and supplement these ideas with skills from CBT, EMDR, relational, and narrative therapy. I work to guide my clients in building on their strengths and in shaping the direction of their own healing and empowerment.

Clinical and Pedagogical Research and Program Development:

Informed by the voices of the many students I have had the privilege to work alongside, I have applied my work within school settings to research and programming that focuses on student voice and the development of culturally responsive trauma-informed care in education. I am committed to addressing the impact of systemic disparities by centering student voices and developing students as leaders in order for schools to better understand and respond to their needs, foster resiliency skills, and promote emotional wellbeing and academic achievement.