Joe Orsini

Joe joined Columbia Health in 2022 as a Survivor Advocate at Sexual Violence Response (SVR).

As a Survivor Advocate, Joe provides objective, empathetic, knowledgeable, and supportive intervention assisting a survivor, co-survivor, or bystander in securing the necessary information, services, referrals, and follow-up care that may be required based on an individual’s experience.

Joe has been working in mental health and the helping profession beginning in undergraduate when he was a counselor for youth on the Autism spectrum along with working in a lab focused on biopsychosocial testing, becoming familiar with trauma responses and the necessity of approaching work from a trauma-informed lens. Joe has worked with a variety of populations and systems, ranging from crisis intervention and placement to family therapy with adjudicated youth. He ultimately found his focus when working for Pittsburgh Action Against Rape (PAAR) as an On-Call Advocate.

During his time at PAAR Joe developed and distributed resources and programming that continues to be used by the organization, including a resource map (coded and distributed by Joe), a trauma-informed mindfulness group program, and a streamlined volunteer education and training process. Following PAAR, Joe transitioned into a role with Wesley Family Services working with adjudicated youth. His time working with both survivors and perpetrators has given him a unique perspective on advocacy. Joe focuses on advocating for restorative justice and giving greater access and platforms for survivors.


  • B.A. in Psychology, Magna Cum Laude, Temple University
  • M.S. in Professional Counseling, Magna Cum Laude, Carlow University

Certifications and Licensure:

  • Certified Rape Crisis Counselor in Pennsylvania

Professional Experience:

  • Therapist II at Wesley Family Services (Juvenile Probation)
  • On-Call Advocate at Pittsburgh Action Against Rape
  • PsychCarePlus Clinician at Western Psychiatric Hospital
  • Milieu Therapist II at Mercy Hospital
  • Clinical Research Assistant at Temple University’s Mood and Cognition Lab

Published Articles:

  • Orsini, J., Freed, R., & Alloy, L.B. (November 2015). Anhedonia as a predictor of risk taking and drug use. Poster accepted for presentation at the annual Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) meeting, Chicago, IL.
  • Orsini, J., Hamilton, J.L., Freed, R., Burke, T.A., & Alloy, L.B. (October 2015). Depressive symptom clusters differentially predict NSSI and substance abuse during late adolescence. Poster accepted for presentation at the annual meeting of the Society for Research on Psychopathology (SRP), New Orleans, LA.
  • Orsini, J., Hamilton, J.L., Freed, R., Burke, T.A., & Alloy, L.B. (March 2016). Anxiety symptom clusters differentially predict to suicidal behavior and NSSI in early adulthood. Poster accepted and presented at the annual meeting of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), Philadelphia, PA.

Awards and Honors:

  • Temple’s Dean’s List
  • Featured Student on Temple University College of Liberal Arts Website
  • Recipient of Directors Talent Scholarship to University of the Arts
    • Scholarship including full tuition guaranteed for time attending awarded to single student entering the program every year based on academic record, interview process, potential as a professional, and artistic merit
  • Calder Art Award


  • American Counseling Association
  • Association for Creativity in Counseling
  • Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies
  • Anxiety and Depression Association of America