Books & Articles


Clark, T., Zalis, T., and Sacco, F. (1982), Outreach Family Therapy, Aronson, New   York.

Sacco, F. (1995) Not Hitting Your Kid: A Therapy Guide, Self Published, 1995. Reviewed in the Boston Globe.

Twemlow, S & Sacco, F (2008) Why School Anti-Bullying Programs Don’t Work, Aronson, New York

Twemlow, SW & Sacco, F (2012). Preventing bullying and school violence.  American Psychiatric Press. New York.

Invited Chapters

Sacco, F. (1988) Cycles of Victimization, in Sexual Trafficking of Children, Campagna, D., Lexington Press.

Twemlow, S. and Sacco, F. (1996), The Violent Community, in, Lethal Violence 2000: A Sourcebook on Fatal Domestic, Acquaintance and Stranger Aggression, Edited by Harold V. Hall, Ph.D., Pacific Institute for the Study of Conflict and Aggression, Kamuela, Hawaii.

Twemlow, S., Sacco, F. (2001), Improving the Social and Intellectual Climate in Elementary Schools by Addressing Bully-Victim-Bystander Power Struggles., Gies, M., and Hess, D., in, Caring Classrooms/Intelligent Schools: The Social Emotional Education of Young Children, Cohen, J. (Ed.), Teacher’s College Press, Columbia University Press, New York,.(Outstanding Academic Book Award American Library Association, 2001.)

Twemlow, S. & Sacco, F. (1998),  A Multi-Level Conceptual Framework For Understanding The Violent Community”, in, Collective Violence: Effective Strategies for Assessing and Interviewing in Fatal Group and Institutional Aggression,   Hall, H.V. and Whitaker, L.C., (Eds.), CRC Press, London.

Twemlow, SW, Fonagy P, and Sacco, F, (2001), A Social Systems-Power Dynamic Approach for Preventing School Violence, in School Violence: Assessment, Management, Prevention, (Edited) Shaffi, M & Shaffi, SL, Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Press.

Twemlow, S. & Sacco, F. (2002)  “Reflections on the Making of a Terrorist, in, War and Terrorism: Unconscious Dynamics of Mass Destruction, edited by C. Covington, P. Williams and,  J. Arundale,  London: Other /Karnac Press.

Twemlow S, Sacco F, (2007) The Prejudices of Everyday Life with Observations from Field Trials, The Future of Prejudice; Applications of Psychoanalytic Understanding toward its Prevention, Rowman & Littlefield, New York,  Rowman & Littlefield

Twemlow S., Vernberg, E., Fonagy, P., Biggs, B., Nelson, J.M., Nelson, T.D., and Sacco, F., (2010).  A School Climate Intervention that Reduces Bullying by a Focus on the Bystander Audience Rather than the Bully and Victim: The Peaceful Schools Project of the Menninger Clinic and Baylor College of Medicine in Handbook of Bullying in Schools: An International Perspective, Edited, Jimerson, S.R., Swearer, S.M., and Espelage, D.L., Routledge, New York and London

Twemlow, SW & Sacco F (2010). Creating and administering successful policy strategies for school anti-bullying programs, In Preventing and treating bullying and victimization, (Eds. Vernberg, EM & Biggs, BK). Oxford University Press. New York.

Twemlow S, Fonagy P, Sacco F. (2010,) A Developmental Approach to Violent  Communities through the Peaceful Schools Experiment In Keeping Children in Mind: Mentalization-based Interventions with Children, Young People and their Families. Eds. Nick Midgley and Ioanna Vrouva, London, Routledge

Peer Reviewed Papers

Sacco, F. (1991), Family Preservation in Action,  COMMON GROUND,  New England Association of Child Welfare Commissioners, Vol. VIII, Number 4, November, 1991.

Twemlow, S. and Sacco, F (1994), Psychodynamic Approach to Reduction of Violence in Montego Bay, PSYCHIATRIC TIMES, IX, (2), p.36.

Twemlow, S and Sacco, F. (1996),  Peacekeeping and Peacemaking: The Conceptual Foundations of a Plan to Reduce Violence and Improve the Quality of Life in a Midsize Community in Jamaica., PSYCHIATRY, Vol. 59, May.

Twemlow, S. Sacco, F., and Williams, P. 1996), A clinical and interactionist perspective on the bully-victim-bystander relationship., BULLETIN OF THE MENNINGER CLINIC, Vol. 60, No. 3 (Summer).

Sacco, F. and Twemlow, S (1997), School Violence Reduction: A Model Jamaican Secondary School Program,  COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH JOURNAL, Vol. 33, No. 3, June.

Twemlow, S and Sacco, F. (1998), The Use of Traditional Martial Arts in the Treatment of Violent Adolescents”, ADOLESCENCE, Vol. 33, No. 131, Fall.

Sacco, F. & Morini, R. (1998),  “Hanpul”, Journal of Exotic Martial Arts

Sacco, F. (1999), The Application of Psychoanalytic Thinking to Social Problems I: Community Violence, Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies, Vol. 1, No. 3.

Twemlow, SW, Fonagy, P., Sacco, F (2001),  An Innovative Psychodynamically Influenced Psychiatric Intervention to Reduce School ViolenceJournal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 40:3, March.

Twemlow, SW, Fonagy, P., Sacco, F, Gies, M., Evans,R., Ewbank, R. (2000) Creating a Peaceful School Learning Environment: A Controlled Study of an Elementary School Intervention to Reduce Violence”, American Journal of Psychiatry, 158:5, May.

Twemlow, S., Fonagy, P., Sacco, F., O’Toole, M., and Vernberg, E. (2002), Premeditated Mass Shootings in Schools: Threat Assessment, Journal of the Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 41:4, April.

Twemlow, SW, Fonagy, P, and Sacco, F. (2002), Feeling Safe at SchoolSmith College Studies in Social Work, 72(2).

Twemlow, S., Fonagy, P., Sacco, F., and Vernberg, E. (2002) Assessing Adolescents Who Threaten Homicide in SchoolsThe American Journal of Psychoanalysis, Vol. 62, No. 3, September. 

Sacco, F. and Larsen, R. (2003 ), “Threat assessment: a critique of an ongoing assessment”, Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies,: 5(2):pp 171-188

Twemlow, SW, Sacco, F “The Management of Power in Municipalities:   Psychoanalytically Informed Negotiation. Negotiation Journal, 2003, 19 : (4), 369- 388.

Twemlow SW, Sacco F, Hough, G. (2003) A Socio-Psychoanalytic Perspective on Group Dynamics, Cults and Terrorism II: A Note on Possible AntidotesSocio-Analysis, (5), 79-87.

Twemlow SW, Sacco, F, Hough G. (2003) A Socio-Psychoanalytic Perspective on Group dynamics, Cults and Terrorism I: the Context of TerrorismSocio-Analysis, (5): 57-78.

Twemlow, SW, Fonagy, P, Sacco, F. (2003)  Modifying Social Aggression in SchoolsJournal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies. 5(2): 211 – 222.

Twemlow S, Fonagy P, Sacco F, Brethour J,  (2005) Teachers Who Bully Students: A Hidden Trauma.  International Journal of Social Psychiatry, Vol52(3). Pp 187-198.

Twemlow, S., Fonagy, P., and Sacco, F. (2004).  A developmental approach to mentalizing communities: I a model for change. Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic, Vol. 69, No. 4.

Fonagy, P, Twemlow, SW, Vernberg, E,  Sacco, F, and Little, TD.  Creating a Peaceful School Learning Environment: Impact of an Anti-bullying Program on Educational Attainment in Elementary Schools,  Medical Science Monitor, 2005, 11(7): 317-325.

Twemlow S, Fonagy P, Sacco F (2005) A Developmental Approach to Mentalizing Communities  II: A Model for Social Change. Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic, 69, (4) 265-280.

Twemlow S, Fonagy P, Sacco F, (2005) A Developmental Approach to Mentalizing Communities II:  The Peaceful Schools Experiment (), Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic,69, (4), 281-303.

Twemlow SW, Fonagy P, Sacco F (2004)  The Bystander Role of Teachers and Students in the Social Architecture of Bullying and Violence in SchoolsAnnals New York Academy of Sciences 1036, 215-232.

Sacco, F., Twemlow, S, and Fonagy, P. (2007) Secure attachment to family and community: a proposal for cost containment within higher user populations of multiple problem familiesSmith College Studies in Social Work, Vol 77(4), 31-51.

Twemlow, S, Sacco, F, and Fonagy, P (2008) Embodying the mind: movement as a container for destructive aggressionAmerican Journal of Psychotherapy, Vol 62, No 1.

Twmelow,S, Fonagy, P., Vernberg, E., Sacco, F., and Malcom, J. (2011).  Reducing violence and prejudice in a Jamaican All Age school using attachment and mentalizing theory.  Psychoanalytic Psychology, Vol. 28, No. 4, 497-511.

Twemlow S, Sacco F. How & Why does Bystanding have such a Startling Impact  on the Architecture of School Violence. International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies,2013, 10 :3

Sacco.F. and Twemlow, S. (2014) Population Segmentation and Behavioral Health Care Homes In Press International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies, Vol. 11-2

Sacco, F., Campbell, E., and Ledoux  (2014). Soul of an agency: psychodynamic principles in action in the world of community mental health. Int. J. of Appl. Psychoanal. Studies, Vol. 11-2

Sacco, F. (2014) Psychoanalysis in the inner city, Int. .J. of Appl. Psychoanal Studies, Vol. 11-2

Articles & Interviews

Sacco, F. (2006). Numerous School Shooting Plots Uncovered in Recent DaysCNN

Twemlow, S., and Sacco, F. (2010). Clues your child is bullied, and what to doCNN

Peer-Reviewed Journal Editing

2008-Present   International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies,   Associate Editor

2012-Present   Violence and Gender, Associate Editor

Published Multimedia

PERSONAL SAFETY FOR WOMEN, written, directed, and produced by Frank Sacco, Ph.D., a 30-minute television program produced for the Springfield Cable Endowment

PREVENTING TEEN SEXUAL HARASSMENT, written, directed, and produced by Frank C. Sacco, Ph.D., a 30 minute training curriculum for Middle School Students

GET HOME ALIVE, a 22 minute video about the proper use of pepper spray and other self-defense escapes, directed and produced by Frank C. Sacco, Ph.D.

BACK OFF BULLY , Frank C. Sacco, Ph.D. Executive Producer, Co-Director, and writer, July, 2000.  Original Soundtrack, “Back Off Bully” composed by Newland, Sacco, Twemlow