Joseph Charles Napoli

joseph napoli

June 9, 1946 ~ April 9, 2021

Joseph Charles Napoli, MD, age 74, who practiced psychiatry in Fort Lee for nearly 45 years, passed away peacefully on April 9, 2021. He was born in Weehawken, NJ to the late Joseph D Napoli, MD and his wife Mary (nee Iorio), but grew up in Fort Lee. His sisters Elaine Duncan and Diane Napoli pre-deceased him. A Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, he had assumed the role of Speaker of the APA Assembly just prior to becoming ill. He previously served as an APA Assembly Representative and on the Assembly Executive Committee. An expert in post-traumatic stress disorder, he received the 2003 APA Bruno Lima Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the care and understanding of the victims of disasters, and he also co-authored the book “Resiliency in the Face of Disaster and Terrorism: 10 Things to Do to Survive.” He was Past President of the New Jersey Psychiatric Association, which has honored him by adding his name to the Platinum Award for exceptional service to the NJPA organization. It is now the Joseph Napoli, MD Platinum Award. Dr Napoli was an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He earned his medical degree at Georgetown University School of Medicine and completed his psychiatry residency at the New York State Psychiatric Institute/The Presbyterian Hospital in the City of NY, where he was Chief Resident. Joe leaves behind his loving family, wife Loretta (nee Spiaggia), daughter Gina, her husband Nicholas Gee and their daughters Lily and Beatrice, and daughter Laura and her partner Brian White. Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, the interment was private, however condolences may be submitted on-line via the Patti Mikatarian Funeral Directors website. In lieu of flowers or other courtesies, the family would welcome donations in his memory to Sandy Hook Promise and Doctors Without Borders.


Funeral Service: April 13, 2021 1:30 pm

Fairview Mausoleum
500 Fairview Avenue
Fairview, NJ 07022

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Fairview Mausoleum
500 Fairview Avenue
Fairview, NJ 07022

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  1. My heartfelt condolences to you all on Joe's passing. I knew Joe for over 30 years from our work together in the New Jersey Psychiatric Association and American Psychiatric Association, where we often succeeded each other in official positions. I recall his boundless energy, dedication, enthusiasm and personal resilience in fighting for important principles regarding proper treatment for those needing mental health care. My memories include the many times we drove together from his office in Fort Lee to Philadelphia, to Maryland or to Washington DC when we would spend sometimes up to 5 hours in the car and never stop talking enthusiastically about an endless range of topics.

    Bill Greenberg

  2. Joe, it was a privilege to know you for 20 years: always enthusiastic, fun, caring, fighting for psychiatry, psychiatrists and patients. A great loss, but a great life and an inspiration to us all.
    My sympathy and condolences to Loretta and your family.
    Nigel Bark

  3. It is with great sadness that I offer my heartfelt sympathy to Loretta and Joe's family. I am blessed to have experienced Joe's friendship, collaboration and partnership for over 30 years. Joe's gifts were abundant and far-reaching, especially his ability to offer strength to people in crisis. His dedication to promote resiliency and social justice goes beyond words.
    Joe's legacy of compassion, wisdom and joyful spirit will live on in the hearts of all those whom he touched.

  4. Joe was an amazing thoughtful and very civil human being. I worked with him for many many years in APA activities. Always looking out for ways to include early career and new faces to the process. We will miss him terribly at APA events.

  5. My deepest condolences to Joe’s family & others. He was a great leader in Psychiatry & inspired many with his passion & integrity.
    Cheryl Kennedy, ND
    Long time colleague

  6. Dr. Napoli attended high school with my brother-in-law, also named Joe, who predeceased him.Through my family visits I met Joe and his family. Some people have a light within that makes their ordinary actions special. Dr. Napoli was one such person. I remember a generous, respectful person genuinely interested in others and never missing a chance to help and encourage. I send comfort to his lovely family. I'll be praying for your strength and focus to fulfill your own special work on earth as Joe did so well.

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