Alumnus Joseph G. Ponterotto releases new book "A Psychobiography of John F. Kennedy, Jr.: Understanding His Inner Life, Achievements, Struggles, and Courage"

Friday, December 7, 2018
cover of Ponterotto JFK Jr. book

Gevirtz School alumnus Joseph G. Ponterotto, Ph.D. has released a new book called A Psychobiography of John F. Kennedy, Jr.: Understanding His Inner Life, Achievements, Struggles, and Courage published by Charles C Thomas Publisher LTD. Using rigorous psycho-biographical research methods, and incorporating both qualitative and quantitative data, Dr. Ponterotto culls a fascinating psychological life story of a great life cut tragically short.

Dr. Ponterotto explores the inner psychological life of an individual whom many thought was destined for greatness. JFK Jr.’s death at the young age of 38 left many unanswered questions about his personality, his identity development, and the life he may have lived had his small plane not crashed into the Atlantic Ocean on a hazy summer evening in 1999.  

Joseph G. Ponterotto is an American psychologist, author and professor. He is currently a tenured professor of counseling psychology and the Coordinator of the Mental Health Counseling Program at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Education. He is a licensed psychologist and mental health counselor, as well as a psychobiographer and multicultural consultant. His research interests are in acculturation, racism, immigration, multicultural counseling and education, qualitative/quantitative research methods including scale development, the history of psychology, and psychobiography. He earned his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from UC Santa Barbara in 1985 and was mentored by Dr. J. Manuel Casas.