University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Psychological Science

Karen Fondacaro

The Clinical Training Program

Karen Fondacaro

Karen Fondacaro
Clinical Professor

  • B.A. S.U.N.Y. at Stony Brook, 1984
  • Ph.D. University of Vermont, 1988
C.V. (PDF)
Phone: (802) 656-2661
Room: 114
Website: Behavior Therapy and Psychotherapy Center

Directorships Director, Behavior Therapy and Psychotherapy Center
Internship Co-Director, Clinical Psychology Internship Program


As the Director of the Behavior Therapy and Psychotherapy Center, my responsibilities include managing the clinic and supporting a scientist-practitioner model of training for pre-doctoral clinicians. My clinical work and research is focused on two primary areas: Refugee Mental Health and Interpersonal Violence. Interpersonal Violence topics include: child victimization, sexual abuse, trauma, domestic violence, and criminality. I also conduct forensic evaluations and provide expert testimony for the courts. Two recently developed community programs are Connecting Cultures and the New England Survivors of Torture and Trauma (NESTT):

  • Connecting Cultures is a mental health program, specifically designed for refugees re-settled in Vermont. This program focuses on the development and dissemination of evidence-based services including:
    1. Community-based outreach services
    2. Direct clinical services
    3. Mental health research
    4. Training
  • New England Survivors of Torture and Trauma (NESTT) program was designed to coordinate and meet the psychological, legal, social, and physical needs of survivors of torture and their families and communities.

Representative Presentations

  • Fondacaro, K.M., Reincke, K., & Harder, V. (2009, May). Learning collaborative for addressing the health and well-being of refugee youth and families in New Hampshire. Organized by Wellesley College and University of Massachusetts: Introducing the Connecting Cultures Program of Vermont, Manchester, NH.
  • Fondacaro, K.M., Giantonio, P, & Edersheim, A. (2009, October). It Takes a Vision: Changing Lives by Changing Systems, Introducing New England Survivors of Torture and Trauma (NESTT) Program. Justice for Children Conference, Montpelier, VT.
  • Fondacaro, K.M., Kuny, A., Marshall, E., Ryan, K. & Gilligan, C. (2008, September). Connecting Cultures: A Commitment to the Health of Vermont's Resettled Refugees. 2008 National Refugee and Immigrant Conference, Chicago, IL.
  • Rose, J., Fondacaro, K. & Green, Andrea (2009, December). Serving Immigrant & Refugee Families. Interdisciplinary Seminar in Neuro-developmental Disabilities. University of Vermont, Burlington, VT.
  • Fondacaro, K.M. & Alden, K. (2009, September). Building NESTT: Working with Survivors of Torture; Overview of Mental Health. Presentation at the National Partnership for Community Training (NPCT) in collaboration with NESTT, Burlington, VT.
  • Gibson, L.E., Fondacaro, K.M., & Powell, T. (2003, September). From victimization to criminality in women and girls: A conceptual model and associated treatment and assessment implications. Symposium conducted at 10th National Workshop on Adult and Juvenile Female Offenders, Portland, ME.

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