Rocco Cottone, professor of counseling and family therapy at UMSL, received the 2011 Research Award from the American Counseling Association.

Robert Rocco Cottone,  professor of counseling and family therapy at the University of Missouri–St. Louis, received the 2011 Research Award from the American Counseling Association’s International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors.

The award was for his sustained contributions to the scholarly literature. The award, presented last month in New Orleans at the annual conference of the American Counseling Association, is one of the most prestigious professional counseling awards.

Cottone, known to most by his middle name, “Rocco,”  is a resident of St. Charles, Mo., and has been a counseling educator for more than 30 years. He continues to research vigorously, and his work is regularly published in peer-reviewed journals.

“I’m very flattered to be recognized by my peers,” Cottone said. “The fact that the award is for sustained contributions, and that my work and continued efforts have been recognized, is such an honor.”

Earlier this year he published his third and most controversial book, “Toward a Positive Psychology of Religion: Belief Science in the Postmodern Era,” which explores religion-relevant mental health issues from a postmodern and social justice perspective. He co-edited a special issue of the Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin on ethical issues in rehabilitation counseling, which was published simultaneously in two other rehabilitation journals. His two other books are “Theories and Paradigms of Counseling and Psychotherapy” and “Counseling Ethics and Decision Making” (now in its third edition). He has published nearly a hundred scholarly articles, and edited numerous publications.

Cottone has expertise in: relationship theory in counseling and psychotherapy; marriage and family counseling; professional, spiritual, and ethical issues in counseling; and vocational rehabilitation theory.

He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Missouri–Columbia and a doctorate from Saint Louis University.

The International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors promotes excellence in the practice of couples and family counseling by creating and disseminating first-class publications and media products, providing a forum for exploration of family-related issues, and emphasizing development of counseling professionals.

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