Joe Vaccaro, PsyD

Joe Vaccaro, PsyD: Family Therapist for Newport Academy


Joe Vaccaro, PsyD

Joseph Vaccaro, PsyD, first joined Newport Academy as a family therapist, working with teens, young adults, and families. In the Executive Director role, he supports the clinical team and all departments in providing exceptional care and compassion to the families we serve.

Joseph holds a doctorate in clinical psychology and has extensive experience in the field. Before joining the Newport Academy team, he was clinical supervisor at Pathways Community Services, Garden Grove, California, supervising and training psychological assistants and interns. He was a clinical psychologist for four years at Pathways prior to that position, and also worked as a psychologist for Sunny Hills Behavioral Health Incorporated in Fullerton, California. Joseph completed his postdoctoral residency at Long Beach Job Corps, Long Beach, California, administering individual and group clinical supervision to doctoral candidates and practicum interns.

My Five Fundamental Beliefs

1. Patience.

Adolescence is a challenging time for the adolescent and the parent. Exhibiting patience during periods of turmoil and stress shows adolescents that compassion and forgiveness is possible.

2. Compassion.

Our teens struggle to show compassion to their parents, their peers, and, most importantly, themselves. When we offer them compassion, they learn that they can also forgive themselves for whatever mistakes or struggles they have experienced, and extend that forgiveness to their loved ones.

3. Connection.

Connection to themselves, connection to others/families, and connection to their environment. As our emotional struggles increase, maintaining an authentic connection to those around us becomes overwhelming and laborious. The connections we build with adolescents act as reminders of how important and meaningful relationships can be.

4. Progression.

Therapy is work. Through the work, the struggles, and the growth, people feel happier, relationships improve, and life gets better.

5. Authenticity.

There is no greater attribute to therapy than being authentic—authentic in struggles, authentic in communication, and authentic to self. Being authentic in the therapy process allows the adolescent, the family, and the clinical team to create treatment that is meaningful and effective.

Newport Academy…in his own words

“For me, the Newport Academy experience will always be about the people—the relationships we develop with our adolescents, with their families, and with each other.” —Joe Vaccaro


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Select Achievements

  • Doctorate and Master’s degree in clinical psychology from California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, Los Angeles