Dr. Brian Denietolis

Director of Trauma Informed Cognitive Behavioral Services

Dr. Brian Denietolis is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and the Director of Trauma Informed Cognitive Behavioral Services. Prior to joining the BostonChild Study Center, Dr. Denietolis served severely traumatized and psychologically suffering adolescents and families at the UMass Adolescent Continuing Care Unit, a longer-term inpatient psychiatric facility that is the highest level of care in the state of Massachusetts. While at UMass, Dr. Denietolis functioned as staff psychologist, Clinical Director, and Senior Program Director for over a decade. It was there that he developed an unwavering commitment to joining children, adolescents, and families in their efforts to capitalize upon their skills and strengths while also cultivating a life worth living.

Dr. Denietolis’s primary specialization is in the diagnosis and treatment of both acute and complex developmental trauma. He is extensively trained in multiple trauma-focused interventions, including Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), Attachment, Regulation and Competence (ARC), Cognitive Restructuring for PTSD (CR-PTSD), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), and the Integrated Treatment for Complex Trauma in Adolescents (ITCT-A).

In addition, Dr. Denietolis has a broad range of experience using evidence-based treatment for children and adolescents with behavioral disorders, disruptive mood disorders, and anxiety disorders. He is extensively trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Depression, Anxiety, and Disordered Eating; Exposure and Response Prevention for OCD (ERP); Motivational Interviewing; Parent-Child Interaction Therapy for Children with Disruptive Behaviors (PCIT), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Adolescents. He also has extensive experience utilizing family therapy modalities to cultivate lasting change (i.e., structural family therapy; functional family therapy).

Dr. Denietolis earned his master’s degree and doctorate in clinical psychology from Antioch University New England. He completed his pre and postdoctoral training at the Dartmouth Psychology Internship Program through Dartmouth Medical School. Dr. Denietolis maintains a voluntary faculty appointment at UMass Medical School, where he has served as Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics since 2012 and 2014 respectively. He has previously held teaching positions at Dartmouth Medical School and Antioch University New England. Dr. Denietolis has been an invited guest lecturer at multiple colleges and universities in New England, and he has co-authored book chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles on trauma, psychosis, and evidence-based treatments for traumatized adolescents in residential care.