John Pellitteri, Ph.D.

President and co-founder of the International Society for Emotional Intelligence (ISEI). Co-director of the ISEI Urban Initiative program.


Dr. Pellitteri holds a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the New York University as well as Master’s degree from the Teachers College, Columbia University.

He and has over 30 years of experience in clinical and educational settings.  

Dr. Pellitteri is a President and co-founder of the 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 has developed professional certification programs through the ISEI Training Institute and has conducted international workshops and presentations in numerous countries.  

Dr. Pellitteri is also a co-director of the ISEI Urban Initiative program that applies EI to address urban community issues and has worked with youth in Brownsville, Brooklyn and trained officers in the New York City Police Department.  He is a certified trainer in the Mayer-Salovey-Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test (MSCEIT).  

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) and the author of “Emotional processes in music therapy” (Barcelona Press, 2009).  

As an associate professor and former coordinator of the Graduate Programs in Counseling 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 in New York State, he provides psychotherapy, consultation and clinical supervision.