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Ronald Mario Paolino, American clinical psychologist, consultant, psychopharmacologist, pharmacist.


Paolino, Ronald Mario was born on March 15, 1938 in Providence. Son of Lawrence and Mary Corinne (Guglielmi) Paolino.


Student, Providence College, 1955—1956. Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy, University Rhode Island, 1959. Master of Science, University Rhode Island, 1961.

Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmacology/Toxicology, Purdue University, 1963. Postdoctoral studies Experimental Psychology, Yale University, 1963—1965. Doctoral studies in clinical psychology, Purdue University, 1972—1974.

Postdoctoral studies in existential analytic psychotherapy, Oklahoma Institute Existential Analysis and Psychotherapy, 1974—1975. Hostage Negotiation, Federal Bureau of Investigation, 1991. Advanced Hostage Negotiation, Federal Bureau of Investigation, 1995.

Crisis Negotaition, Federal Bureau of Investigation Academy, 1994. Master of Arts (honorary), Brown University, 1977.


Intern department psychiatry and behavioral science University Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, 1974—1975, National Institute of Mental Health fellow in clinical psychology, 1974-1975. David Ross predoctoral fellow department pharmacology/toxicology Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, 1961—1963, associate professor psychopharmacology, 1967—1974. National Institute of Mental Health postdoctoral fellow in psychology department psychology Yale University, 1963—1965.

Assistant professor pharmacology University Connecticut School Pharmacy, 1965—1967. Coordinator group psychotherapy training program Brown University Program in Medicine, 1983—1985, associate professor psychiatry and human behavior, 1976—1990. Private practice; chief drug dependency treatment program Veterans Administration Medical Center, Providence, 1975—1987, director biofeedback clinic, 1977—1987, primary hostage negotiator, since 1991.

Psychiatric consultant VA Police, alternative Dispute Resolution Mediator, New England Veterans Integrated Service Network, since 1996, pain management board, since 1999. Member Pharmacology and Therapeutic Agents Committee, 1979-1987, Veterans Administration Medical Center, coordinator VA Contracted Half-Way Project for Substance Dependent Veterans, 1981-1985, chairman Pain Management Task Force, 1984-1985, member Supervisory Level Pharmacy Professional Standards Board, since 1990, member Management Suicidal and Violent Patient Task Force, 1990-1991, chairman Committee Prevention & Management of Disturbed Behaviors, since 1991, chief crisis management program, 1993-1996, advisor Federal Bureau of Investigation Hostage Negotiations, since 1991, Instructor Rhode Island State Police Academy, 1994, Instructor, Drug Recognition Experts Recert PRGM, Rhode Island Dept Health, 1995, Faculty, Law Enforcement Management Command School U.R.I., since 1991, Virginia National Law Enforcement Training Center, 1997. Chairman Outpatient Psychiatry Services Reorganization Task Force, 1991, member VA Department Of Defense Desert Storm Emergency Plan Committee, 1991.

Advisor Occupational Safety and Health Administration Department Labor for Violence in the Work Place, 1994-1995. Member E. Provident Clergy & Mental Health Providers Alliance, since 1995. Member substance abuse and prevention grant application review committee Rhode Island Advisory Council on Substance Abuse, 1982-1992, prevention, education and training committee on substance abuse, since 1981, chairman 1981-1982.

Adjunct associate professor psychology, University Rhode Island, since 1982, clinical professor pharmacy University Rhode Island, since 1998. Member planning committee State Conference on Substance Abuse in the Hispanic Community, 1986. Member alcohol awareness commission Episcopalian Diocese of Rhode Island, 1983-1985.

Gubernatorial appointee Governor's Permanent Council on Drug Abuse Control, 1978-1982. Member review committee for funding of state drug abuse programs Rhode Island Single State Agency on Drug Abuse, Rhode Island Department Mental Health Retardation and Hospitals, 1978-1982. Consultant Nurses Renewal Committee, 1980-1981, substance abuse prevention education for elementary school children Rhode Island chapter American Red Cross, 1977, member suicide prevention steering committee, 1977.

Mem.Interagy. Drug Abuse Steering Committee, Lafayette, Indiana 1969-1972. Board directors Providence Veterans Administration Medical Center Credit Union. Member board certified for alcoholism counselors Rhode Island Association Alcohol Counselors, 1979-1981.

Member Governor's Task Force on Substance Abuse at Adult Correctional Institution, 1977-1978, Governor's Task Force on Mental Health Services at Adult Correctional Institution, 1977-1978, chairman reclassification of inmates committee, 1977-1978. Chairman committee on education and certified biofeedback practioners Connecticut Biofeedback Society, 1977-1978. Summer faculty fellow University Connecticut, 1967.

Visiting scientist lecturer Association American Colleges Pharmacy, 1972-1973. Consultant to business, unions, law enforcement.


  • Licensed psychologist, Rhode Island, pharmacist Rhode Island. National registered health service provider in psychology. Certified arbitrator.

    Certified national registered group psycho-therapists. Certified education provider New York. Diplomate American Board Forensic Examiners, American Board Forensic Medicine.

    National certified mediator Department Veterinary Affairs, 2007.


  • Other Work

    • Author: (2 chapters) Drug Testing: Issues and Options, 1991. Contributor 37 articles to professional journals.


Board directors Rhode Island chapter Samaritans International Suicide Prevention Organization, 1978-1984. Vice president Experience Jesus Inc. Member committee advisory board Cpina Bifida Association Rhode Island, 1980-1983.

Member Rhode Island East Bay Interfaith Mental Health Alliance. Congressman appointee (Patrick J. Kennedy). Member veterans advisory commission, since 1995.

Fellow American College Forensic Examiners. Member American Medical Association, American Psychotherapy Association, American Society Pharmacology Experimental Therapeutics, International Brain Research Organization, International Narcotic Enforcement Officers Association, Rhode Island Group Psychotherapy Society (president 1991-1993, continuing education director psychologists 1990-1995, executive board since 1986, training faculty since 1985, co-director training 1986-1987, training advisory board 1985-1986), Rhode Island Psychological Association (chairman substance abuse insurance subcommittee 1986-1987, representative Governor's Council on Mental Health State Plan Committee 1982-1984), Hostage Negotiators American.


Married Eileen Frances Quimby, June 18, 1960. Children: Lisa Katherine, David Lawrence.

Lawrence Paolino

Mary Corinne (Guglielmi) Paolino

Eileen Frances Quimby

Lisa Katherine Paolino

David Lawrence Paolino