John Santa, PhD

Co-CEO - Interim Clinical Director

PhD, Cognitive Psychology, Purdue University

MS, Cognitive Psychology, Purdue University

BA, Psychology, Whitman College

Dr. Santa is one of four founding members of Montana Academy and is a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Montana. Dr. Santa’s post doctorate work took place in Cognitive Psychology at Stanford University, and Clinical Psychology at the University of Montana, and UC San Diego. In addition, Dr. Santa has specialty training in the areas of Clinical Neurology and Child Psychology and was an Associate Professor of Psychology at Rutgers University. Dr. Santa has been influential in the industry of therapeutic programs and is one of the original founding members of the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP) and has served as the organization’s president. Dr. Santa maintains a strong clinical presence on campus amongst treatment teams, throughout the admissions process and regularly presents at family workshops throughout the year.