Dr. Taravella is a licensed clinical psychologist with a private practice in New York and currently working at NYU Langone Medical Center’s Rusk Rehabilitation as supervisor of the pediatric psychology service, www.rusk.med.nyu.edu . His clinical work is based in cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy with psychodynamic theory, assisting clients with a variety of congenital, emotional, and traumatic disorders.
Dr. Joe’s expertise lies in identifying and treating neurological, behavioral, and environmental problems that cause breakdown in a family, including bullying and children falling behind in school. Dr. Joe has been instrumental in getting families to achieve breakthroughs by revealing secrets in a safe and effective manner, and has created Dr. Joe’s Secret Box®, a breakthrough therapeutic tool used to help individuals, children, and families in crisis.
Dr. Joe received his Master’s Degree in General-Experimental Psychology, and his Master’s Degree and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Marital and Family Therapy at St. John’s University in New York. He received his clinical training at Bellevue Hospital and New York University-Langone Medical Centers in New York City. During his tenure at NYU, Dr. Joe conducted neuropsychological assessments for pediatric and adult inpatients with intractable seizures at the NYU Comprehensive Epilepsy Center. He spent several years as an Intern, Resident, and a Staff Psychologist in the Adult and Pediatric Psychology Departments at NYU-Langone Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, with a focus in rehabilitation, neuropsychology, and family systems. Dr. Joe completed a Pediatric Neuropsychological Fellowship at the Rusk Institute working as part of a comprehensive team in both inpatient and outpatient settings, conducting neuropsychological evaluations and therapeutic treatments for children with a variety of congenital disabilities, traumatic brain injuries, as well as psychological and psychiatric disorders.
Dr. Joe and colleague, Dr. Stacey Bromberg, are the founders of Forward Footsteps, LLC, a publishing company with a focus on young children and caregivers, which promotes support, encouragement, and respect for all families. Their first two books, Hugs of Three: My Mommies and Me and Hugs of Three: My Daddies and Me, guide readers towards a respect for all families and acknowledges the importance of a loving connection between children and their parents. To find out more, visit www.forwardfootsteps.com.
Dr. Joe proudly serves on the Board of Directors for Kid Angel Foundation, www.kidangel.org a non-profit organization that helps underserved children and families from distressed communities more toward positive social and economic mobility. He previously worked at the Director of Psychological Services at Moretto & Racco Medical Associates in Staten Island, where he provided consultation and treatment to patients in addition to a private practice in New Jersey.
Dr. Joe media spans television, radio, and print. He has worked with several local and national networks and was nominated for a 2012 Eddy Award for an interview on Cyberbullying, conducted by the students of St. Christopher’s School in Staten Island, Archdiocese of New York. Dr. Joe was chosen as the host of a reality-based television series which focuses of helping children and families in crisis. He was also among the top 25 candidates selected for the Live With Kelly Coast-to-coast co-Host search.