Dr. Paul Toriello is the Chair, an Associate Professor, and the Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Addictions and Rehabilitation Studies. Dr. Toriello earned his RhD in Rehabilitation, specializing in Substance Related Disorders from the Rehabilitation Institute, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He received a Bachelors in Psychology and a Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling from Wright State University.
Dr. Toriello's research and training interests include innovation of evidence-based treatments for adults with substance abuse and mental health issues. He is particularly interested in Self-Determination Theory and counselors' support of clients' autonomy. Dr. Toriello has extensive experience with Motivational Interviewing (MI) and the Community Reinforcement Approach (CRA) including:
In the role of Principal Investigator or Research Consultant, Dr. Toriello has participated in grant projects funded by SAMHSA, NIH, and other national and regional funding organizations.
Since entering the substance abuse treatment field in 1991, he has worked as a paraprofessional technician, counselor, case manager, clinical supervisor, trainer, and clinical director. Dr. Toriello is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist, a Licensed Professional Counselor, and a Certified Clinical Supervisor. He has also been in recovery from addiction since 1989.