John Pellitteri, Ph.D.


John Pellitteri, PH.D.

Co-founder and Past President of the International Society for Emotional Intelligence (ISEI).

International Society for Emotional Intelligence (ISEI (, a non-profit educational organization that promotes the global advancement of emotional intelligence theory, research and professional practice.  He developed professional certification programs through the ISEI Training Institute and trained hundreds of professionals from educational, clinical and organizational fields.  Dr. Pellitteri is also the co-director of the ISEI Urban Initiative program in New York City that promotes EI to address urban community issues.  He is a certified trainer in the Mayer-Salovey-Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test (MSCEIT) and has conducted EI workshops and research presentations in numerous countries spanning every continent, including a TEDx talk in Lausanne, Switzerland (

Dr. Pellitteri has published several research studies that focus on EI as it relates to adaptive personality factors, clinical /educational settings and creative arts.  He is the lead editor for the book, Emotionally Intelligent School Counseling (Erlbaum, 2006), the author of Emotional Processes in Music Therapy (Barcelona Press, 2009) and the co-editor (with Lada Kaliska) of the recently published book Eastern Europe Perspectives on Emotional Intelligence: Current Research & Developments (Taylor & Francis, 2021).  As professor at Queens College, City University of New York he trains professionals in the school and mental health counseling fields.  As a licensed psychologist and licensed creative arts therapist, he provides psychotherapy and clinical consultation in the New York area.