Oblate Father Anthony J. Pinizzotto has been appointed
science director for the Instituto Formazione D'Eccellenza
(FDE) in Montova, Italy.
The institute was founded as a center of research, education
and training in the fields of criminology and forensic
psychology. It offers students the necessary tools to acquire
scientific and practical expertise in their fields of study.
Father Pinizzotto currently resides at St. Timothy Church in
Chantilly. Prior to that he was in residence at St. William
of York Parish in Stafford for more than 12 years.
Father Pinizzotto received a BA in English from De Sales
University, an MA in forensic psychology from John Jay
College of Criminal Justice, an MA in theology and pastoral
counseling from De Sales Graduate School of Theology, a
doctorate in psychology from Georgetown and a post-doctoral
MS in clinical psychopharmacology from Alliant University.
He completed a clinical internship at Bellevue Hospital in
New York City in Psychiatric Emergency and Evaluation. He was
ordained a Catholic Priest in 1978. He was an instructor in
Georgetown's Department of Psychology where he taught courses
in forensic and abnormal psychology and completed a year-long
post-doctoral institute on the psychology of trauma at the
Maryland Psychological Association/Foundation.
Father Pinizzotto was involved in law enforcement for over 25
years. In addition to his service with the FBI he worked with
the Criminal Investigations Division, the Training Division,
and the Fifth Police District of the Washington Metropolitan
While at the FBI he was the senior scientist and clinical
forensic psychologist assigned to the FBI's Training
Division, Behavioral Science Unit (BSU).
Father Pinizzotto has lectured throughout the U.S., Canada,
Switzerland, Russia, Italy and the United Kingdom on the
topics of law enforcement safety, criminal investigative
psychology, personality assessment, the psychology of
interview and interrogation, hate-related crimes, use of
deadly force in law enforcement, suicide by cop, sensory
distortions involved in critical incidents, forensic hypnosis
and deviant social groups. He is the author of numerous
articles reflecting his research in these fields of study and
investigation. He has been recognized by the courts as an
expert witness in cases involving child exploitation and