Denise A. Romano is the author of The HR Toolkit: An Indispensable Resource for Being A Credible Activist. She earned an EdM in Counseling Psychology and an MA in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University, and previously taught counseling skills to graduate students at Teachers College, Columbia University.
Denise has over twenty years of progressively responsible experience working in government, non-profit organizations, and the private sector. She has over 14 years of HR/OD experience including 6 additional years of whistleblower activity and has built two different HR/OD departments from the ground up.
Denise has a strong interest in relationship and workplace ethics and successfully assisted the FBI and US Attorney's Office as the "whistleblower" or "relator" in a multi-million dollar whistleblower case against Columbia University involving Medicaid fraud, which was settled in 2003. She also assisted with a second, similar case against New York Presbyterian Hospital from 2004-2008.
Denise is certified in administering Emotional Intelligence assessments, the EQi and EQ360, which were developed by Reuven Bar-On, PhD and has been a delegate at the International Emotional Intelligence Conference since 2008. Denise has also studied Non-Violent Communication (NVC) with Thom Bond and Elizabeth Banner at the NY Center for NVC.
Denise has provided individual, couple, family, and group counseling to adults and children in the New York City area. She has counseled men who were court-ordered to attend therapeutic sessions due to domestic violence and substance abuse offenses as well as women who have been sexually assaulted.
She also has provided volunteer counseling through the Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services for family members of those who have joined cults or other high-control groups that seek to control members' behavior, information resources, thoughts, and emotions.
Denise has trained in Gestalt Therapy with Ruth Wolfert, is a CTA-Certified Coach, and is a Certified PREPARE/ENRICH Counselor. PREPARE/ENRICH is a statistically valid assessment and counseling modality that helps couples understand their expectations of and strengths in their relationships while actively helping them find viable solutions to relationship challenges.
Denise has also co-presented with Joanna Foley, LCSW, on Workaholism at the National Association of Social Work Addictions Institute at Fordham University and has presented on Human Resources and Organizational Development for the student chapter of SHRM at Baruch College.
Denise also earned an MFA in Writing and Poetics from Naropa University where she studied with Allen Ginsberg, Bobbie Louise Hawkins, Anne Waldman, Andrew Schelling, and guest faculty members Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Alice Notley, Diane di Prima, Amiri Baraka, Gary Snyder and others.
Denise studied English, Theatre, and Dance as an undergraduate at SUNY Geneseo, where she performed in Lysistrata, Who Will Carry the Word, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, Play It Again, Sam, and several modern and ballet dance performances.
Denise's blog, www.WorkplaceCredibleActivist.wordpress.com welcomes people to honestly blog about their workplace experiences.