Robert Rocco Cottone
Robert Rocco Cottone, PhD, is a Professor of Counseling and Family Therapy at the University of Missouri--St Louis, USA. He was introduced to postmodern philosophy as applied to psychology in the 1980s. Postmodernism is an intellectual movement in the social sciences, humanities, and art that views all knowledge within its social, cultural, and historical context. Cottone embraced postmodernism and began to apply it to his understanding of religion. His book Toward a Positive Psychology of Religion: Belief Science in the Postmodern Era is a work that synthesizes positive psychology, postmodern philosophy, and ethics as applied to religion. It offers a positive inclusive and affirming view of religion. He is a leader in the postmodern religious movement.
Cottone teaches coursework on application of spirituality to counseling and he also teaches an array of clinical courses in psychotherapy and couple/family therapy.
He has published two academic text books Theories and Paradigms of Counseling and Psychotherapy and Counseling Ethics and Decision Making. He has also published a book of poetry, Poetry for Men which he wrote after his youngest son was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. He donates all proceeds from the poetry book to muscular dystrophy charities.