Peter Economou, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Counseling Psychology

Dr. Peter Economou is licensed by the state of New Jersey as a Professional Counselor (LPC) and the practice of professional psychology in New Jersey and New York. He approaches therapy from a cognitive orientation. He creates an open dialogue about treatment techniques and goals are set and evaluated biweekly. It is his belief that many of our concerns are routed in learned experiences and we can train our minds to function at the optimal envisioned level. Over the past several years, Dr. Economou has begun to study eastern philosophy including Buddhism and Yoga. Depending on the individual, he has found benefits from infusing some of these principles into the counseling practice which also includes techniques from Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

Dr. Economou has trained at a variety of mental health settings treating individuals across the life span. His training included methadone and other substance abuse clinics, family treatment centers, university counseling and disability support services, hospital settings including neuropsychology assessment and intensive outpatient services, assisted living facilities, private practice, and a summer camp for students with developmental disabilities.

Field of Interest

Research interests include studies on multiculturalism, evidenced-based treatments, the impact of stress and trauma on learning, memory, and executive functioning, the varying romantic relationship models and differences between the heterosexual and homosexual populations, gender, and the effects of heterosexism and stress on sexual minorities.

Courses Taught at Felician College

PSY 510 Techniques of Counseling and Appraisal
PSY 515 Mindfulness, Spirituality, and Positive Approaches to Counseling
PSY 557 Professional Issues and Ethics
PSY 575/576 Counseling Internship I,II
PSY 595 Addictions Counseling
PSY 599 Psychopharmacology

Publications

Reducing cravings: Implications for treating addictions mindfully.
Economou, P., Chafos, V., Farfan, M, & Idirraga, M. (Article 851; January 2015). Vistas. American Counseling Association.
Beyond borderline personality disorder: The mindful brain.
Chafos, V. & Economou, P. (2014). Social Work Journal. 59(4), 297–302, p. 297, doi: 10.1093/sw/swu030
The sociology of divorce: A Greek perspective.
Palmer, L., Economou, P. & Maris, M. (March 2013). In R.E. Emery & J.G. Golson (Ed.). Cultural Sociology of Divorce: An Encyclopedia. Sage Publications Inc.: Thousand Oaks, CA.
Marriage equality: Strictly social or purely psychological?
Economou, P. & Bolling, P (2012 August). The New Jersey Psychologist.
The relationship between stress, fatigue, and cognitive functioning.
Palmer, L., Economou, P. J., Cruz, D., Huntington, J., McLennon, S., Maris, M., Abram-Cook, S. (2010). College Student Journal.
Office Location:
Kirby Hall 110
Contact Phone:
(201) 355-1149
Contact Email:

Education

Ph.D, Seton Hall University (2011)
Ed.S, Seton Hall University (2007)
M.A, Seton Hall University (2006)
BS, Seton Hall University (2002)

Positions Held

Felician College, Assistant Professor (2011-present)
Kean University, Seton Hall University, Montclair State University, Hudson County Community College, Adjunct Professor (2007-present)