Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

Lisa Cataldo

B.A. Brown University
M.A., Ph.D. Union Theological Seminary

Assistant Professor of Pastoral Counseling

441 E. Fordham Rd
Keating Hall 303
Bronx, NY 10458



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Brief Biography

Lisa Cataldo, M.Div., Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Pastoral Counseling at the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education at Fordham University. She coordinates the clinical placement program and teaches courses in Clinical Integration, Psychology and Religion, Professional Ethics, Clinical Diagnosis, and Self and Other: Race, Culture and Gender. Lisa did her undergraduate work at Brown University, and received an MBA from Columbia University. She worked in real estate investment banking for several years before attending Union Theological Seminary in New York, where she completed the Master of Divinity and Ph.D., specializing in Psychology and Religion.  During her theological studies, Dr. Cataldo served on the Religion faculty of St. Peters’ Preparatory School in Jersey City, NJ, where she taught courses in New Testament, Morality, and Psychology and Religion. She spent several months living with people with disabilities in the L’Arche Daybreak community outside of Toronto, an experience that informs her work as a teacher and clinician. Dr. Cataldo is a licensed psychoanalyst, and maintains a small private practice which grounds her teaching in the lived realities of people who are seeking healing and growth.

Dr. Cataldo espouses the Ignatian philosophy of “cura personalis” (caring for the whole person) in her teaching and clinical work. She believes that the journey toward academic, psychological, and spiritual well-being consists of reading between the lines, seeking the “hidden text” within ourselves as we ask the question, “What/who is left out?”

Primary Research Interests:

  • The psychology of spirituality and religious experience
  • Issues of “otherness” (race, culture, gender, disability)
  • Trauma, dissociation, and multiplicity in psychological and religious perspective
  • Intersubjectivity in psychological and religious perspective

Courses Taught:

  • Psychology and Religion
  • Professional Ethics for Pastoral Counseling and Ministry
  • Psychopathology and Diagnosis
  • Clinical Integration
  • Self and Other: Race, Culture, Gender
  • Special Topics in Clinical Work



  • Mourning the Religious Self: An Experience of Multiplicity, Loss, and Religious Melancholia, Pastoral Psychology (in press).
  • Multiple Selves, Multiple Gods? Functional Polytheism and the Postmodern Religious Patient, Pastoral Psychology 51(1), pp. 43-58, August, 2008.
  • Narcissism and Religious Experience: Kohutian Theory and the Life of St. Francis of Assisi, Journal of Religion and Health 46(4), December, 2007.

Book chapter:

  • The Reality Principle, in Befriending Life: Encounters with Henri Nouwen, Beth Porter, ed. Harper Collins, 2001.


  • R. Larsen and S. Larsen (2000) The Fashioning of Angels: Partnership as Spiritual Practice. West Chester, PA. Swedenborg Foundation, in The Journal of Religion and Health 40, no. 1, Spring 2001, p. 246-247.

Pastoral Publications:

  • The Journey toward New Life, Henri Nouwen Society Quarterly Newsletter, Spring-Summer, 2008.
  • Articles in Henri Nouwen Society E-Newsletter (
  • On the Journey Towards Gratitude, August 15, 2007
  • On the Journey Towards Aging Gracefully, Febuary 7, 2007
  • On the Journey Towards Hope, January 25, 2006
  • On the Journey Towards On the Right Use of Power, August 17, 2005
  • On the Journey Towards Claiming My Vocation, April 6, 2005
  • On the Journey Towards Healthy Sexuality, December 29, 2004
  • On the Journey Towards Gratitude, November 18, 2004