Leo J. Shea III, Ph.D. is Clinical Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine at Rusk Institute, a division of the New York University Medical Center. He maintains a private practice both in New York and Massachusetts focusing on traumatic brain injury, tick-borne diseases, neurological injury/illness, chronic illness, trauma and loss, contingency and disaster management and provides psychotherapy and cognitive remediation to individuals and groups.

Dr. Shea holds an Ed.M. in Counseling Psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, an M.A. in Hispanic Pastoral Ministry from Barry University and an M.S. in Clinical Psychology and a Ph.D. with a dual specialty in Clinical Psychology and Clinical Neuropsychology from the Miami Institute of Psychology. Apart from his academic degrees, he is a graduate of the Organizational Development and Consultation Program at the William Alanson White Institute for Psychoanalysis, Psychiatry and Psychology and is a member of both the Institute’s Organizational Work Group and its Trauma Response Training Committee. His trauma work during the 9/11 disaster has been cited in “When the Worst is Over.”

Dr. Shea is presently the National Chairman of the National Research Fund for Tick-borne Diseases, Inc. which funds scientific research at major medical and academic institutions in the United States. He also serves on the National Board of Directors of the Hispanic Neuropsychological Society and the New York Academy of Traumatic Brain Injury. Dr. Shea was the first neuropsychologist appointed to the Board of the Pontifical Institute of Liturgy Foundation (recently renamed the Saint Benedict Education Foundation), which is responsible for overseeing the funding of academic chairs and student scholarship program at the Vatican’s Pontifical Institute of Liturgy, Sant’ Anselmo (Rome, Italy).

“It is inspiring to knowing that the future leaders of Catholic Church liturgy are being trained at Sant’ Anselmo and that the knowledge and training that they are learning there will have a positive impact on future generations of the Catholic faithful worldwide,” he said. “As a member of the Board of Directors of the Saint Benedict Education Foundation, I believe that our mission to support Sant’ Anselmo is witness to the continuing and eternal nature of the Catholic Church and the importance of stewardship in preserving and advancing Christ’s mission on earth.”