SJC Professor Named Psychologist of the Year

November 13, 2018

PATCHOGUE, N.Y. – November 13, 2018 – St. Joseph’s College (SJC) is pleased to announce that Paul Ginnetty, Ph.D., professor of psychology, was recently named the Suffolk County Psychological Association’s (SCPA) Psychologist of the Year. 

“St. Joseph’s College is proud to congratulate Paul Ginnetty on this well-deserved honor,” said Donald R. Boomgaarden, Ph.D., president of St. Joseph’s College. “Paul has been an outstanding member of the St. Joseph’s faculty for so many years, inspiring and leading countless students throughout his career. He has also been a wonderful faculty leader and supportive colleague. We wish him continued success for many more years to come.”

Dr. Ginnetty was also recognized for having completed 30 years as an undergraduate professor and coordinator of SJC’s clinical internships. 

“I love everything about the classroom experience, and I value the opportunity to work in a department that has always justifiably prided itself on working closely with students and getting to know them, their goals and the breadth of their outside lives,” said Ginnetty. “It is no exaggeration to say that I feel very strongly each time that my students and I have shared a special, memorable time together and have stood together — however briefly — on sacred ground.”

He has served on the SCPA’s executive board of directors and ethics committee, and for the past seven years, he’s been the chair of their continuing education committee, which grants American Psychology Association (APA)-approved continuing education credits to psychologists and social workers. Dr. Ginnetty has served as director of a Catholic Charities mental health clinic in New York City, as a staff member of a chemical dependency counseling agency in Nassau County and as a staff psychologist in the student mental health clinic on the campus of Stony Brook University.

Dr. Ginnetty resides in Smithtown with his wife, Carole, a guidance counselor at St. Anthony's High School in Melville. The couple has four adult children and identical twin granddaughters.

St. Joseph’s College has been dedicated to providing a diverse population of students in the New York metropolitan area with an affordable education rooted in the liberal arts tradition since 1916. Independent and coeducational, the College provides a strong academic and value-oriented education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, aiming to prepare each student for a life characterized by integrity, intellectual and spiritual values, social responsibility and service. Through SJC Brooklyn, SJC Long Island and SJC Online, the College offers degrees in 50 majors, special course offerings and certificates, affiliated and pre-professional programs.