Michael DeSisto


Michael DeSisto : biography

May 29, 1939 – November 1, 2003

In 1991, DeSisto authored his only book: Decoding Your Teenager (How to understand each other during the turbulent years)http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=QD0VAAAAIBAJ&sjid=gggEAAAAIBAJ&pg=3652,6228315&dq=michael+desisto+decoding&hl=en After its publication, some journalists published articles calling into question whether DeSisto actually held a master’s degree in psychology from the University of Massachusetts, as he claimed, or did not. In fact the University of Massachusetts doesn’t even offer a master’s degree in psychology, and only has a doctorate program. DeSisto later admitted to not possessing the Master’s degree, and said the error was due to a "low-level assistant", who had mistakenly placed it on his résumé.

It 1991 Michael DeSisto was selected to receive the Outstanding Alumnus Award from his alma mater, Stonehill College. The reasons given were,"in recognition of his dedication to helping troubled youth and their families. He was an outstanding educator, a compassionate counselor, a popular author, a skilled communicator and founder of the DeSisto School, a therapeutic-educational community for troubled teenagers."

In 1999, DeSisto produced an off-off-Broadway musical InappropriateRoger McNulty, , The Village Voice, Dec 21 1999 with Lonnie McNeil and Michael Sottile based on the journals and life experiences of the student performers. On December 6, 2004 the composer of "Inappropriate", Michael Sottile filed a lawsuit in Berkshire Superior Court against the DeSisto School seeking the recovery of almost $350,000 in damages that an arbitrator ordered the school to pay him after a default judgment six months previously found he had not been paid for his services.

Roger Kahn’s 2006 memoir, Into My Own portrays DeSisto as an egocentric figure, stained by streaks of cruelty. A number of former DeSisto students have praised that portrait. DeSisto has a brother Joseph, and a sister Jacqueline who is deceased. In 1983 DeSisto married Margie Charles Bullock in a lavish ceremony on the Stockbridge campus lasting three days that included two live elephants, three hot air balloons, and fireworks. The noise disrupted a concert going on at the nearby Tanglewood., Orlando Sentinel, November 13, 1988 They had no children.


DeSisto died on November 1, 2003, from cerebral hemorrhage, several days after receiving a kidney transplant.http://www.nytimes.com/2003/11/13/arts/a-michael-desisto-64-head-of-school-for-troubled-students.html A. Michael DeSisto, 64, Head Of School for Troubled Students By ANITA GATES Published: November 13, 2003 New York Times

Early life and education

Born in Boston, Massachusetts on May 29, 1939, Michael DeSisto attended parochial schools in West Roxbury, and graduated from Cathedral High School in Boston in 1957. DeSisto made average marks in elementary and secondary school. At one time being expelled from Cardinal O’Connell, a Boston seminary school.http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/1988-11-14/news/0080240295_1_desisto-elmira-college-credentials/2 Desisto Went Far On Fake Credentials November 14, 1988|By Angela Dickey of The Sentinel Staff (Page 2 of 3) He was a theology student Education Week, February 16, 1983 at St. John’s Seminary in Brighton for two years. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and government from Stonehill College in North Easton in 1962.