Saint Xavier University Chicago Campus

Psychology Faculty

Nicola DemanteNicola Demonte

Assistant Professorial Lecturer


Areas of Specialization

Clinical Psychology, Health and Psychology, Autobiographical Memory, Art and Music Therapy, CBT, DBT, Mindfulness and Psychological Assessment


Professor Demonte joined the Saint Xavier University Psychology Department as a full-time faculty member in August 2015. He earned his B.S. in psychology from Loyola University Chicago in 1995, a M.A. in clinical psychology from Roosevelt University in 1998 and a Master of Liberal Arts in the History of Art and Architecture from Harvard University in 2004. In 1998, Demonte received a Carnegie Mellon Grant to conduct research and teach at Loyola University's Rome Center in Italy. In 2002, he served as a teacher's assistant at Harvard College. Prior to joining Saint Xavier, Demonte taught courses at the University of Minnesota, Hamline University and the College of DuPage. He brings over 18 years of experience in the field of psychology, apart from his contributions to higher education.

At Saint Xavier University, Professor Demonte teaches in the clinical psychology capacities, such as abnormal psychology, behavior management, adulthood and aging, and art therapy. He is dedicated to research, teaching, advising his students and assisting them in publishing works that contribute to the scientific discipline of psychology. Professor Demonte's current research focuses on examining the connections of autobiographical memory to mindfulness, applications of creative interventions in medical and psychiatric settings and understanding the role of creativity in psychological assessment to aid in the healing process. Professor Demonte has worked with a wide range of clients that include people that suffer from Alzheimer's, brain injuries, eating disorders, depression, developmental disorders and veterans with PTSD. He serves on the Medical Resource Council for Gilda's Club Board of Directors and is an associate of the Royal Society for Public Health.


Selected Publications

Demonte, N. (2016). "The Mind-Body Problem and DSM-5," The Association for Medical Humanities International Journal, July 6, 2016, 29-30.

Demonte, N. (2016). "A Medical Autobiography of Frida Kahlo," The Association for Medical Humanities International Journal, July 6, 2016, 21.

Demonte, N. (2016). "Art and the Brain. Seattle," WA: CS Publishing.

Demonte, N., & Ritchie, T. D. (2015). "Music as an Expression of Self: Autobiography in the Context of Medical, Neurological, and Mental Disorders in: Music, Emotions, Autobiographical Memory," an interdisciplinary approach. Edited by Strollo and Romano, Liguori.

Harvard Art Museums Special Collections (2014). "Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Bronzes at the Harvard Art Museums," Cambridge, Mass.

Selected Presentations

McAllister, M. Lee Brien, D. Goodman, B. & Demonte, N. (June 2017). Ssh. Quiet Please! Artists at work in this hospital zone. 11th Conference of the European Society for Literature, Science and the Arts (SLSAeu), University of Basel, Switzerland.

Demonte, N. (October 2015). "Effects of Music Therapy on Memory in Neurological Patients," Paper presented at the Music and Movement as Process and Experience Conference, University College London, Royal Academy of Dance, London, United Kingdom.

M.R. Strollo, P. Vittoria, A. Romano, A. J. M. Van den Tol, N. Demonte (2014). "Music, Body, Words and Education: A Pilot Study for the 7th International Conference of Education," Research and Innovation, Seville, Spain.

Demonte, N. (1998). "Print Media and Art in Germany" (1928-1945), Paper presented to the medical faculty at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, Chicago, Ill.